Jazz a la Carte

Music Selections
From the John Toomey Trio’s release Smile:

I Love You: MP3 or Windows Media Player

Laura Martier with John Toomey on her release Intersection:

Swallow Song : MP3 or Windows Media Player

Listen to selections from Woody Beckner and Jeff Smith’s release – At First Glance:

At First Glance: MP3 or Windows Media Player

Just Wiggle It: MP3 or Windows Media Player





John Toomey
John Toomey is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Music Technology at Old Dominion University. Prior to joining Old Dominion University, he was keyboardist and music director for jazz legend Maynard Ferguson, with whom he recorded two CDs. Professor Toomey has traveled the globe to perform, including such venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Berlin Jazz Festival. He was recently designated as a University Professor in recognition of his excellence in teaching. He performs frequently in the Tidewater area, and has just completed recording a compact disc with clarinetist Gerry Errante that will be available soon. Visit Website

Woody Beckner
Woody Beckner has been playing mainstream and original acoustic and electric jazz in Hampton Roads for over two decades, performing in venues up and down the east coast – from history-rich Boston to the sunny shores of Florida. He’s performed as a featured guest on National Public Radio broadcasts and participated in the ’98-’99 Ewell Concert Series at the College of William and Mary, where he holds a teaching position in the Applied Music Program. His current and second release, At First Glance, features original compositions by Beckner, saxophonist Jeff Smith, bassist Chris Brydge and drummer Howard Curtis.

Woody plays jazz guitar in solo, duo, trio and quartet formats and can be found entertaining locals at a variety of clubs and restaurants around Hampton Roads. He’s performed in classical venues with The Virginia Symphony and Williamsburg Symphonia. You’ll also find him performing at clinics and museum concerts like Cool It At The Chrysler – For Arts’ Sake series and the Off 44 series at the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts. Specific exhibits and showings he’s opened for include The Art of Glass, also at the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts; and Electricitie at The Chrysler Museum of Art – featuring the works of Man Ray.

Other annual events and festivals where Beckner has performed include:

  • Harborfest
  • Virginia Wine Festival
  • Town Point Jazz Festival
  • Stockley Gardens Arts Festival
  • Portsmouth’s Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival
  • Wine Down with Jazz
  • Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival at Christopher Newport University
  • Virginia Arts Festival