Sam Woodyard in 1965
January 7, 1925|
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||September 20, 1988
Sam Woodyard (January 7, 1925 – September 20, 1988) was an American jazz drummer.
Woodyard was largely an autodidact on drums and played locally in the Newark, New Jersey area in the 1940s. He performed with Paul Gayten in an R&B group, then played in the early 1950s with Joe Holiday, Roy Eldridge, and Milt Buckner. In 1955 he joined Duke Ellington's orchestra and remained until 1966.
After his time with Ellington, Woodyard worked with Ella Fitzgerald, then moved to Los Angeles. In the 1970s he played less due to health problems, but he recorded with Buddy Rich and toured with Claude Bolling. In 1983 he belonged to a band with Teddy Wilson, Buddy Tate, and Slam Stewart. His last recording was on Steve Lacy's 1988 album The Door.
With Duke Ellington
- All Star Road Band (Doctor Jazz, 1957 )
- All Star Road Band Volume 2 (Doctor Jazz, 1964 )
With Johnny Hodges
- Ellingtonia '56 (Norgran, 1956)
- Duke's in Bed (Verve, 1956)
- The Big Sound (Verve, 1957)
- Blues-a-Plenty (Verve, 1958)
- Not So Dukish (Verve, 1958)
- Swing's Our Thing (Verve, 1968) with Earl Hines
With Clark Terry
- 1951 Mambo Jazz, Sonny Rollins
- 1955 Rockin' with Milt, Milt Buckner
- 1956 Blue Rose, Rosemary Clooney
- 1956 George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Frances Faye / Mel Tormé
- 1957 Cookin', Paul Gonsalves
- 1957 Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, Ella Fitzgerald
- 1957 The Colorful Strings of Jimmy Woode, Jimmy Woode
- 1959 The Birth of a Band!, Quincy Jones
- 1960 Swing Low Sweet Clarinet, Jimmy Hamilton
- 1965 Ella at Duke's Place, Ella Fitzgerald
- 1965 Joya Sherrill Sings Duke], Joya Sherrill
- 1973 The Roar of '74, Buddy Rich
- 1975 Big Band Machine, Buddy Rich
- 1976 Duke's Moods, Raymond Fol
- 1977 Cat Speaks, Cat Anderson
- 1987 I'll Get Along Somehow, Larry Darnell
- 1988 The Door, Steve Lacy
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