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Sam Woodyard

Sam Woodyard - © Jean Geiser

born on 7/1/1925 in Elizabeth, NJ, United States

died on 20/9/1988 in Paris, Île-de-France, France

Sam Woodyard

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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.

Partial discography

With Duke Ellington

  • All Star Road Band (Doctor Jazz, 1957 [1983])
  • All Star Road Band Volume 2 (Doctor Jazz, 1964 [1985])

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)
  • Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra (Verve, 1962)
  • Swing's Our Thing (Verve, 1968) with Earl Hines

With Clark Terry

  • Out on a Limb with Clark Terry (Argo, 1957)
  • Duke with a Difference (Riverside, 1957)

With others


  1. ^ "Sam Woodyard | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
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