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About Brandon Woody
Baltimore native Brandon Woody was referred to as an artist on the rise in the region by the Baltimore Sun in 2015 at the age of 17. Since then, Woody has gone on to become an international artist, performing with his band, Upendo, curating projects for major museums, collaborating with international brands and performing at major venues and institutions around the globe. Woody uses music as a tool for healing, genuine connection and celebrating community.
Woody started his own band, UPENDO in 2015. Since then, the group has gone on to perform internationally with regular concerts across the east coast. Notable performances from the band include their 2019 performance at the Harlem Stage, 2021 performance at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore’s 2022 Vegan SoulFest, the 2022 closing of Baltimore’s Lexington Market, and their 2022 residency at the University of Maryland. Upendo’s concert experiences are all original music composed by Woody and fellow Upendo collaborator, Troy Long. Woody has also had the privilege of performing alongside artists such as Stefon Harris, Tarus Mateen, Tim Green, Theljon Allen, Sean Jones, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Solange, Craig Alston, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Quincy Phillips, Benny Maupin, Jon Faddis and Danilo Perez, who have all greatly influenced his artistry and musical taste.
Woody’s career as a composer and recording artist has granted him the opportunity to score films such as Unwavering: The Power of Black innovation, The Unveiling of God, Keep What You Sow, Aliferous, Paint it Black Baltimore and Three Blind Mice. Woody has also produced and arranged horns for Emma Vie, Sudan Archives, Tye Tribet, Miranda Curtis, Kevin Sinatra and Klein. This work garnered the attention of international brands which lead to his collaborations with Calvin Klein (One Future), Saucony, Vogue Italy, Nike, Reebok X Eames, Union Los Angeles, High Snobiety X Newport Jazz Festival, Somewhere DC. Brandon has also curated projects with the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, Reginald F Lewis Museum, August Wilson Center, MOMA PS1. Woody also had the opportunity of casting musicians and acting as a band leader in an upcoming Apple TV series, Lady in the Lake to be released in the fall of 2023.
Woody and his band members will come together in an intimate quartet format to perform in the auditorium of Phillip Randolph high school. They will be performing all new original music that is a tool for healing, genuine connection and celebrating and honoring community. The group will honor Sugar Hill with its history with a special arrangement of a Sonny Rollins composition. Woody intends to collide the worlds from him growing up as a part of the rich Baltimore jazz lineage and him living in Sugar hill New York in some of his most formative years during college. The group also intends to inspire and invoke honoring of ancestors and folks that have paved the way for this modern day renaissance.
All proceeds benefit the Sound Business Inc. (SBI) College and Career Preparatory Institute’s After School Performing Arts Program at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School.
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