Associate Professor of Music Michael "Doc" Woods was featured in Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers by William C. Banfield (Scarecrow Press 2003). Chapter four is devoted to Woods and focuses on his jazz training, philosophy and composition style.
"Michael Woods has emerged, in his own words, as the "Mingus reincarnate of his generation." Born in 1952, a native of Akron, Ohio, Dr. Woods influences range from Miles Davis to Bartók, from Andre Crouch to George Clinton, to Beethoven. Composer/bassist and director of jazz studies at Hamilton College, he received his education at Indiana University, earning a B.A. and M.A. in composition, a doctorate in composition from the University of Oklahoma, and a second master's in jazz studies from Indiana University. In addition to being an avid performer, Woods has established one of the premiere concert stops in upstate New York area at Hamilton College, drawing such performers as Clark Terry and Joe Williams, and leading numerous ensembles in his own works. In addition, Dr. Woods has had works performed by the Tulsa Philharmonic, Pro Musica Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony. Michael Words lives and works in Clinton, New York."
-from Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers