beckner_j    The W&M Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Mr. Woody Beckner, a jazz guitarist who has been performing locally and regionally for more than three decades in groups ranging from duo to big bands.  Performances include the Virginia Arts Festival, the Jazz on Granby Series, the Ewell Concert Series, the Williamsburg Regional Library Concerts, Jazz for Hope, the Town Point Jazz Festival, the Ella Fitzgerald Christopher Newport Jazz Series, the Wintergreen Performing Arts Series, and a National Public Radio live concert recording.  He is a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Jazz Ensemble and performs regularly with his quartet in Virginia Beach.  He has recorded and produced two CDs:  “Laura Martier and Woody Beckner,” a compilation of jazz and pop vocal standards and “At First Glance,” an all-original outing.

In addition to leading the W&M Jazz Ensemble, Mr. Beckner teaches applied lessons in jazz guitar.