Carol Lou Trio

Carol Lou Trio

The Carol Lou Trio was a jazz combo which gained modest popularity in the mid-eastern United States during the 1970s, and international distribution of its few recordings. The group was headed by Carol Lou Hedges (b. May 20 1931, Peru, Indiana), whose modest demeanor belies her piano virtuosity and swinging style. Husband and bassist John Hedges was the other permanent member of the group, with various drummers having been employed. The trio's reputation spread mostly by word of mouth, but it did release several singles.

Having remarried, Carol Lou Woodward continues to play as a soloist and in small combos in and around her home since 1957, Richmond, Indiana.

In 2006 she released CD featuring solo piano arrangements of jazz and popular music standards, "An Evening With Carol Lou". She has said that her favorite pianist is Gene Harris, whose style has been described as "hard-swinging, soulful, blues-drenched." Woodward's considerable talent might have carried her to greater recognition, but she chose instead to raise a family and live quietly.


The Carol Lou Trio: Singles (Released in the 1970s):*1. Soft Summer Breeze (Eddie Heywood-Judy Spencer)/Canadian Sunset (Norman Gimbel-Eddie Heywood) Juke JB2013A; After Hours (Erskine Hawkins-Avery Parrish) Juke JB2013B [The composing of "After Hours" is miscredited on the record's label to "Lou Reed," which has led some to mistakenly associate the song and the Carol Lou Trio with rock musician Lou Reed. Collections including the recording are often promoted for sale based on this erroneous association. When asked in 2006, Carol Lou Woodward said she was unfamiliar with any musician or composer named Lou Reed.] :*2. T.D. Boogie Woogie (Tommy Dorsey) Juke JB 2022A; Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing) Juke JB2022B:*3. Big Noise From Winnetka (Ray Bauduc-Bob Haggart) Juke JB20021A; When I Fall In Love (Edward Heyman-Victor Young) Juke JB20021B

Carol Lou Woodward: "An Evening With Carol Lou" (2006, privately-issued CD):*1. I Got Rhythm (George Gershwin):*2. Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin):*3. Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin):*4. Embraceable You (Gershwin):*5. 12th Street Rag (Euday L. Bowman):*6. Just Squeeze Me (Duke Ellington-Lee Gaines);*7. Spring is Here/It Might As Well Be Spring (Richard Rodgers):*8. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael):*9. Kitten on the Keys (Zez Confrey):*10. Quiet Nights/How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Norman Gimbel, Mendonca/Jobim, Gimbel, Vinicius de Moraes):*11. Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi):*12. That's All (Alan Brandt-Bob Haymes)


External links

* [ Carol Lou Trio]
* [ Carol Lou Woodward at Joe's Pizza, Richmond, Indiana]

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