Coleman Woodson Jr.
President, Alabama Jazz & Blues Federation
Coleman N. Woodson Jr. hails from Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama. He holds an Associate Degree from Selma University, a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Alabama State University. His musical goals and desires have always included teaching young musicians the basic fundamentals of music performance.
Mr. Woodson has enjoyed many rich and rewarding experiences as a performer in several musical settings. Mr. Woodson’s performance credits include the U.S. Army Band, the 151st Army Band (The Alabama National Guard Band) where he retired after 28 years of service. He has performed throughout the United States, and abroad and also with noted Grammy winning musicians. He is a member of several professional organizations, among them Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, the Montgomery Jazz Orchestra, the Recreators Big Swing Band, a past president of The Alabama Jazz and Blues Federation, founder of The Coleman Woodson Group (Jazz Band), a member of the Woodson, Sellers, Weldon Jazz Trio, and a member of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
He is currently the president of The Alabama Jazz and Blues Federation, an educator in the Montgomery Public School System teaching band at Floyd Middle Magnet School. In 2013-2014 he was voted Outstanding Middle School Educator by the Montgomery County PTA. He is a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, where he plays saxophone with both the Wind Ensemble and the Gospel Choir.