An afternoon with trumpeter Brandon Woody
by Lawrence Burney
Published November 28 in The Baltimore Banner
Excerpt: During an extreme, first-of-the-year cold front in mid-November, Brandon Woody is soaking up every ounce of heat in his Southwest Baltimore living room. He’s in a white T-shirt, sweats and black Crocs lounging with his homie, musician Briley Harris, and Woody’s dog, Marley, but confesses that he should be spending this idle time working at his craft.
You may or may not have seen Woody around town on festival stages, on a Calvin Klein billboard shot by SHAN Wallace or entertaining a wine glass-gripping crowd at the Eubie Blake’s courtyard. That’s because over the past couple of years, the 24-year-old trumpeter has made some significant strides in his career.
In February, he was booked to provide the music for a Nike sneaker release in New York City’s SoHo district. In September he and his band, UPENDO, had a weeklong residency at the University of Maryland, College Park’s performing arts center, The Clarice, for their Visiting Artist Series. And, maybe most glossy of all, he was cast as a musician in the upcoming Apple TV Baltimore-based series, ”Lady in the Lake.”