Woody Black 4 are following a rather unusual musical path. The instrumentation, with four clarinets, is already out of the ordinary. The varied language of jazz serves as their foundation, but they combine that with distant musical lands, from New Music to Pop. But no matter the mix, the sound of this quartet always remains warm, mellow and pure. That doesn't mean it's always smooth, though. Woody Black 4 is best described as a collection of clarinet virtuosos that enjoy the experimental, flirt with the avant-garde, and sometimes wander into the dissonant.

Austrian Music Export

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  • "On “Curiosity” they set off a musical firework that is colourful, spectacular, and completely new. The incredibly layered and unbelievably varied sound combined with a high level of musical finesse makes all of the difference here."

    Michael Ternai - Austrian Music Export

  • "A spine-tingling chamber-jazz-album for heart, head and feet."

    Klaus Nuechtern - Falter

  • "It’s as delightful as watching shadows and sunlight dance upon a wood floor."

    Dave Sumner - Bird is the Worm

  • "I enjoyed listening to their music... the sound is refreshing, the music creative, the playing terrific and fun to listen to."

    Eddie Daniels

  • "The second album “Couriosity” captivates (...) with compositional sophistication and dazzling virtuosity."

    Andreas Felber - Buehne

  • "the music as well as the sound makes it one of the jazz highlights in 2017.“

    Fidelity Magazin

  • "Fantastic group, really fresh and special!"

    Mike Stern - explanatory statement 2nd Prize at "Made in New York Jazz Competition"


Upcoming Concerts

24th October 2019

Album Release Party - Blue Tomato
Vienna, Austria

29th October 2019

Kulturhaus Rössle

23th November 2019

MuTh - Big Fat Clarinet Mob
Vienna, Austria

25th February 2020

Skylark Production, Labelnight at Porgy&Bess
Vienna, Austria

Concert Highlights

31th August 2019

Zomer Jazz fiets tour
Groningen, Netherlands

26th July 2019

Varna Jazz festival
Varna, Bulgaria

12th Juni 2019

No Black Tie Club
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

13th April 2019

Niavaran Culture Center
Teheran, Iran

5th May 2019

Carpathian Space
Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine

8th Juni 2019

Hua Hin Jazz Festival
Hua Hin, Thailand

6th December 2018

State Institut of Arts
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

2rd December 2018

Kozlov Club
Moscow, Russia

29th September 2018

Scarborough Jazz Festival
Scarborough, England

24th October 2018

AKBank Instanbul Jazz Festival
Istanbul, Turkey

10th August 2018

Jazz in the Ruins
Gliwice, Poland

17th July 2018

Saulkrasti Jazz Festival
Saulkrasti, Latvia

8th July 2018

Royal Park Fest
Brussels, Belgium

8th June 2018

Technopolis Jazz Festival
Athens, Greece

17th June 2018

Carinthischer Sommer
Ossiach, Austria

8th April 2017

CD Release at WUK
Vienna, Austria

25th May 2018

Bergen, Norway

18th December 2017

KICK JAZZ, Porgy and Bess
Vienna, Austria

26th August 2017

Saalfelden Jazz Festival
Saalfelden, Austria

18th July 2017

Aarhus Jazz Festival
Aarhus, Denmark

7th July 2017

Suedtirol Jazz Festival
Bolzano, Italia

7th December 2016

Opus Jazz Club
Budapest, Hungary

4th September 2016

Tokyo Jazz Festival
Tokyo, Japan

9th May 2016

Teatros del Canal
Madrid, Spain

23rd April 2016

Bremen, Germany

21st March 2015

Maastricht Jazz Festival
The Netherlands

30th August 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

13th February 2019

Péniche Anako
Paris, France

7th December 2018

Boris Yeltsin Presidental Center
Yekaterinburg, Russia

8th December 2018

Dubrava culture center
Sergiev Posad, Russia

3th December 2018

DK Mir
Dubna, Russia

6th December 2018

City Center of Visual Arts
Novosibrisk, Russia

26th September 2018

Hermon Chapel
Oswestry, England

9th June 2018

Preveza Jazz Festival
Preveza, Greece

24th June 2018

Jazz Point
Linz, Austria

27th June 2018

Austrian Culture Days
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

28th June 2018

Injazz Festival
Rotterdam, Netherlands

9th July 2018

International Clarinet Fest
Ostende, Belgium

10th July 2018

Den Hopsack
Antwerp, Belgium

12th July 2018

Green Hours
Bucharest, Romania

16th July 2018

Philly Joe's
Tallin, Estonia

18th July 2018


11th August 2018

Suprasl, Poland

12th August 2018

Orla, Poland

24th September 2017

Porgy and Bess
Vienna, Austria

3rd September 2016

Tokyo, Japan

7th September 2016

Ciclos de jazz
Ferrol, Spain

2th July 2016

Jazz am Bauernhof
Kremsmuenster, Austria

26th September 2015

Clarinet Fest
Gent, Belgium

28th September 2015

The music Village
Brussel, Belgium

27th September 2015

Den Hopsack
Antwerpen, Belgium

15th September 2015

Wien, Austria

11th September 2015

Kulturhaus Karl Schoenherr
Schlanders, Italy

15th June 2015

Porgy and Bess
Vienna, Austria

18th April 2015

Graz, Austria

28th May 2014

European Jazz Contest Finals
Maastricht, Netherlands