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TeleBluesMan 01-28-2022 12:37 PM

RIP Woody Mann
Mary Flower just posted on FB that Woody Mann passed away.

godfreydaniel 01-28-2022 01:50 PM

This is very sad. He was amazingly talented, a great teacher, and a wonderful person. RIP Woody.

I copied the following off of Stefan Grossman’s forum:

His wife Valerie posted this on Facebook:

How do I let you know that we lost our beautiful Woody yesterday after a long medical battle. Woody wished to keep his illness a secret as he never wanted it to define him or be a topic of any conversation. He wished only to dig deep into his music, his many projects, his film production and teaching. My family and I are heartbroken. How do we go on without his gentle loving presence, his inspiring teachings, his brilliant talents and his generous soul. Those in this world who are fortunate to have known Woody, will agree that they have been touched by his special loving heart.
You are forever my greatest love.
Miss you so much my sweet Woody.

J-Doug 01-28-2022 02:40 PM

I just got word of Woody's passing. Woody was my teacher and mentor and, most of all, a friend. A very sad day for all of us who knew him.

RP 01-28-2022 02:59 PM

Heaven just itself another great guitarist. I know he wasn't a rock n' roller, but I hope you get the idea...

Portland Bill 01-28-2022 03:08 PM

Woody Mann R.I.P.
One of the very best, so sad.

Keith Robinson 01-28-2022 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by TeleBluesMan (Post 6918674)
Mary Flower just posted on FB that Woody Mann passed away.

OMG I just just found out!!!

Respect for keeping his illness out of his public life and to his family all the love for these moments.

Lately I had been watching almost everyday this ragtimefor some reason.

Rest in peace! <3

619TF 01-28-2022 03:36 PM

Although obviously not updated...yet... here's at least some info on who this player was as opposed to a bare statement of someone's passing:

reeve21 01-28-2022 03:37 PM

That's a gut punch. I never met Woody, but felt like I knew him from his videos.

I don't know if it is possible for someone of his immense talent to be considered underrated, but I always felt like he deserved a larger audience.... RIP.

sevenpalms 01-28-2022 03:49 PM

I’m really sad reading this….Woody was one of my heroes and one of the nicest guys you would ever meet. Big loss to our community…

ewalling 01-28-2022 04:38 PM

What?? No ....

Like some others, I have a few of his videos. I loved his flair with the guitar and his gentle, laid-back way of being and teaching. He seemed such a healthy-looking guy, too.

Bad news, indeed.

J-Doug 01-28-2022 04:57 PM


Originally Posted by ewalling (Post 6918942)
He seemed such a healthy-looking guy, too.

The 3 times I Zoomed with him in 2021 there was zero indication anything was wrong.

I took the afternoon to play through some of Woody's arrangements to honor him and remember the times we shared. I would not be the guitarist I am today without him.

Lots of tears today but some great memories too.

birdsong 01-28-2022 05:18 PM


Originally Posted by 619TF (Post 6918862)
Although obviously not updated...yet... here's at least some info on who this player was as opposed to a bare statement of someone's passing:

Thanks for adding this.

JGinNJ 01-28-2022 07:32 PM

I just heard about this on FB via Martin Taylor. Just shocking, it made me feel weepy. The music world has lost so many lately, but this one feels personal to me.

I didn't know him well, I knew his work, was always intrigued by his jazz background (student of Lennie Tristano!) besides his roots music. He collaborated with an old bass player friend of mine. I got to spend some time with him when he came to my town and did an event at my wife's theater a few years ago. He and his wife were such lovely people, a positive joy to be around. What she wrote about him was so true.

davenumber2 01-28-2022 09:54 PM

I didn’t know him but he seemed like a real genuine, sweet guy and just a giant of a player. He’ll be missed. RIP Woody.

davenumber2 01-28-2022 10:08 PM

TBman 01-29-2022 04:11 AM

Wow, this is totally unexpected. I loved his playing. Rest in peace Woody.

Howard Emerson 01-29-2022 04:48 AM

In the late 1970's a student of mine, Andy Pitt, called to say he'd just heard an amazing guitarist named Woody Mann. Andy's next door neighbor, a pianist, had told Andy to come over to meet a guitarist that he was working with.

Both of them were studying jazz improvisation with Lennie Tristano. Andy became an immediate fan, especially when he heard Woody play Reverend Gary Davis pieces.

He really was an otherworldly talent, and an exemplary human being.

Here's a perfect example of what, no doubt, grabbed Andy's attention:

I don't remember when I first met Woody, but it was most likely at John Monteleone's shop or house. Woody's passing has touched John very, very deeply.

Some shots from The Jazz Loft in Stonybrook, NY Sept.2019

RIP Woody.


Kerbie 01-29-2022 06:17 AM

I hate to hear that... great player. May he RIP.

Jwills57 01-29-2022 04:20 PM

Woody Mann
Hello, Guitar Friends—Perhaps some of you have already heard this sad news, but American guitarist, composer, and teacher extraordinaire Woody Mann has died. I just read about it myself on another forum. Gosh. Woody was just about the greatest guitarist I have run across and a truly engaging and warm teacher. I have several of his instructional videos. Just thought I’d pass this along.

Kerbie 01-29-2022 04:29 PM

Threads merged.

blooz 01-31-2022 06:26 PM

Woody Mann RIP
Just heard that Woody Mann has passed away. Such sad news and the loss of a truly great and inspirational player. He was equally adept across blues, ragtime and jazz. I did a few workshops taught by him here in the UK over the years, and he was such a lovely guy - genius player and teacher but humble and generous. Worth checking out his recordings or teaching material if you don't know of his work. I'm genuinely gutted to have heard this news. Anybody else here met him or been to one of his workshops/concerts?

godfreydaniel 01-31-2022 09:02 PM

I first took lessons with Woody at The Guitar Study Center at The New School in NYC in the 80s. I’d heard that Jorma Kaukonen was teaching there at the time, but his classes filled up immediately. Looking through the course catalog I saw Woody’s classes listed. I hadn’t heard of him, but the course descriptions sounded perfect and I signed up. How lucky for me. I took a lot of classes and seminars with him over the years.

Here’s a link to an interview with Woody at WUWM in Milwaukee that I found on Woody’s website:

slaski 02-05-2022 01:03 PM

This is very sad news. I got to see him play live just once; when he toured the UK in 2018 and played at my home town of Lancaster. I've very much enjoyed his books and instructional videos over the years. An absolutely stellar player, but a really nice, ordinary and kind chap too - I once contacted him about one of his videos and received an email from the man himself within a day or two. I play a lot of his arrangements, particularly his take on Rev. Gary Davis tunes. My favourite player of the guitar.

RIP Woody

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