In 2016, Carl Woideck is retiring from his position of senior instructor of jazz, rock, and blues history at the University of Oregon. He received both his Bachelor of Music (1981) and Master of Science (1989) from the UO.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Woideck lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1968-71, performing with artists such as Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and Buddy Miles.
After moving to Eugene in 1975, Woideck began teaching part-time in 1982 at the UO. He became full-time under Dean Anne Dhu McLucas, and was promoted to senior instructor under Dean Brad Foley.
Woideck is the author of Charlie Parker: His Music and Life (University of Michigan Press). He is currently revising the book, which has been translated into Japanese and Italian.
Woideck is author and editor of The John Coltrane Companion and The Charlie Parker Companion (both Schirmer Books). He has written compact disc liner notes extensively for the Verve, Impulse, Blue Note, Mosaic, and Prestige labels.
Woideck is a professional saxophonist and leader of the Carl Woideck Jazz Heritage Project, which performs concerts at Eugene’s John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts.
A longtime jazz radio announcer, Woideck has interviewed Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman, Clark Terry, Chan Parker, Rebecca Parker, Jon Hendricks, Marian McPartland, Red Rodney, Max Roach, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Branford Marsalis, Vijay Iyer, Ellington band members Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., and Art Baron.