Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction with ease and grace. Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career, performing everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to stages worldwide, recorded extensively and schooled countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs, including "The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar" DVD series, "The Complete Acoustic Blues Guitar Method", and his latest DVD, "Take Command of Your Fretboard" for Homespun Tapes. From his first solo recording, "Stairwell Serenade", Woody has since recorded as a soloist and in collaboration with Son House, John Fahey and John Cephas. His latest CD's are "Tribute to the Reverend" and "Conversations" with saxophonist Charley Krachy.
A noted authority on Country blues music, Woody has taught at major guitar workshops in the USA and Europe, been a faculty member at the New School in NYC, and founded International Guitar Seminars. Presently, Mann is a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His latest book, "Just Play" combines history and stories of great artists Woody has known and worked with, including his early mentors Reverend Gary Davis and jazz great Lennie Tristano, jazz guitarist Attila Zoller, Portuguese composer Carlos Paredes, and master guitar builders Jimmy D'Aquisto and John Monteleone. As a producer and filmmaker his most recent project includes the award winning feature documentary, "Harlem Street Singer", the story of the legendary guitarist Reverend Gary Davis. Throughout his career, Woody has not forgotten those early lessons in the Rev. Davis' living room or the jazz traditions that were his wellspring. He has become one of the world's renowned guitar masters - bringing the past up to the present - with his own contemporary improvisational style.