SAM WOODYARD

SAM WOODYARD

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: January 7, 1925 - September 20, 1988
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Band: Duke Ellington
Genres: Jazz
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician
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Biography

 
 
Sam Woodyard taught himself to play drums as a young man in New Jersey. Sam Woodyard played locally throughout the Newark area during the 1940s. Sam performed in an R&B group with Paul Gayten and then, in the 1950s, Sam Woodyard played with saxophonist Joe Holiday, trumpeter Roy Eldridge, and pianist Milt Buckner.

When Duke Ellington needed a drummer to replace Louis Bellson in his orchestra in 1955, he found Sam Woodyard. With Ellington, Sam Woodyard followed in Louis Bellson's footsteps and played two bass drums, continuing the band's signature sound. Later in their partnership, Ellington began composing, and he came to rely more than ever on Sam Woodyard's consistent yet stylistically diverse performances.

After parting ways with Ellington and his orchestra in 1966, Sam Woodyard relocated to the West Coast and joined Ella Fitzgerald's band. Unfortunately, Sam Woodyard's health deteriorated in the 1970s and he subsequently cut back on performing live. Nonetheless, he performed with the Buddy Rich Big Band on several albums, including Roar of '74 and Ease on Down the Road. He later played with Teddy Wilson, Buddy Tate, Claude Bolling, Slam Stewart, and Steve Lacy. 

In the mid-1980s Sam moved to Paris, where he occasionally performed. He passed away on September 20, 1988 while in France.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1932 Duke Ellington and His Great Vocalists Duke Ellington
1940 Passion Flower 1940-46 Johnny Hodges
1944 Black, Brown and Beige Duke Ellington
1946 Duke Ellington Centenary Collection Duke Ellington
1949 First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald
1950 Best of Chess Jazz Various Artists
1950 Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of Verve Years Dizzy Gillespie
1950 Lush Life: The Billy Strayhorn Songbook Various Artists
1951 Great Saxophones (1951-1970) Various Artists
1951 Mambo Jazz Sonny Rollins/Sonny Stitt/Joe Holiday/Ke
1952 Essential Jazz Singers Various Artists
1952 Live at the Blue Note Duke Ellington
1952 Two Great Concerts Duke Ellington
1953 Concert Years Ella Fitzgerald
1953 Mambo Jazz Joe Holiday
1955 Great Jazz Artists Play Compositions Of Duke Ellington Various Artists
1955 Rockin' with Milt Milt Buckner
1956 Best of the Song Books: The Collection Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Best of the Verve Song Books: Love Songs Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Blue Rose Rosemary Clooney
1956 Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Duke Ellington Presents Duke Ellington
1956 Ella Fitzgerald Live Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Ellington at Newport Duke Ellington
1956 First Annual Connecticut Jazz Festival Duke Ellington
1956 For the Love of Ella Ella Fitzgerald
1956 Historically Speaking: The Duke Duke Ellington
1956 Private Collection, Vol. 1: Studio Sessions, Chicago Duke Ellington
1957 All Star Road Band, Vol. 2 Duke Ellington
1957 Cookin' Paul Gonsalves
1957 Duke with a Difference Clark Terry
1957 Happy Reunion Duke Ellington
1957 Indigos Duke Ellington
1957 Live at the 1957 Stratford Festival Duke Ellington
1957 Private Collection, Vol. 7: Studio Sessions, 1957 & 1962 Duke Ellington
1957 Private Collection, Vol. 8: Studio Sessions, 1957, 65, 66, 67, San Francisco, Chicago, New York Duke Ellington
1957 Satin Doll Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1957 Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book Ella Fitzgerald
1957 Such Sweet Thunder Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1958 Black, Brown and Beige Duke Ellington
1958 Blues in Orbit Duke Ellington
1958 Cosmic Scene: Duke Ellington's Spacemen Duke Ellington
1958 In Concert at the Pleyel Paris, 1958, Pt. 1 Duke Ellington
1958 Newport 1958 Duke Ellington and HIs Orchestra
1958 Private Collection, Vol. 2: Dance Concerts, California, 1958 Duke Ellington
1958 Private Collection, Vol. 6: Dance Dates, California, 1958 Duke Ellington
1958 Saxophone Revolt Various Artists
1959 Birth of a Band, Vol. 2 Quincy Jones
1959 Jazz Party Duke Ellington
1959 Live at the Blue Note Duke Ellington
1959 Newport Jazz Festival (1959) Duke Ellington
1959 Smooth One Johnny Hodges
1960 Hot Summer Dance Duke Ellington
1960 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 9 Johnny Hodges
1960 Piano in the Background Duke Ellington
1960 Swing Low Sweet Clarinet Jimmy Hamilton
1960 Three Suites Duke Ellington
1960 Unheard Recordings, Pt. 2: Live at Monterey 1960 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra with the
1960 Unknown Session Duke Ellington
1961 At Sportpalast, Berlin Johnny Hodges
1961 First Time! The Count Meets the Duke Duke Ellington with Count Basie's Orches
1961 Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra Johnny Hodges
1961 Piano in the Foreground Duke Ellington
1961 S.R.O. Duke Ellington
1962 Afro-Bossa Duke Ellington
1962 Coltrane for Lovers John Coltrane
1962 Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington w/ John Coltrane
1962 Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins Duke Ellington/Coleman Hawkins
1962 Featuring Paul Gonsalves Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1962 Feeling of Jazz Duke Ellington
1962 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 6 Duke Ellington
1962 New Mood Indigo Duke Ellington
1962 Private Collection, Vol. 3: Studio Sessions, New York, 1962 Duke Ellington
1962 Private Collection, Vol. 4: Studio Sessions - New York, 1962 Duke Ellington
1962 Reprise Studio Recordings Duke Ellington
1963 20th Death Anniversary Duke Ellington
1963 Duke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session Duke Ellington
1963 Great London Concerts Duke Ellington
1963 Great Paris Concert Duke Ellington
1963 In the Uncommon Market Duke Ellington
1963 Private Collection, Vol. 4: Studio Sessions, New York Duke Ellington
1963 Symphonic Ellington Duke Ellington
1964 All Star Road Band, Vol. 1-2 Duke Ellington
1964 Duke Ellington Plays Mary Poppins Duke Ellington
1964 Ellington '65 Duke Ellington
1964 Harlem Duke Ellington
1964 Jazz Group Duke Ellington
1964 Lush Life Billy Strayhorn
1964 New York Concert: in Performance at Columbia University Duke Ellington
1965 Berlin '65 Paris '67 Duke Ellington
1965 Ella at Duke's Place Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington
1965 Joya Sherrill Sings Duke Ellington Joya Sherrill
1965 Never-Before-Released Recordings Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1965 Private Collection, Vol. 10: Studio Sessions, New York & Chicago, 1965, 1966 & 1971 Duke Ellington
1966 Cool Rock Duke Ellington
1966 Ella & Duke at the Côte D'Azur Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington
1966 Pianist Duke Ellington
1966 Soul Call Duke Ellington
1966 Stockholm Concert, 1966 Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington
1967 ... and His Mother Called Him Bill Duke Ellington
1967 Greatest Jazz Concert in the World Various Artists
1967 Popular Duke Ellington Duke Ellington and His Orchestsra
1968 Second Sacred Concert Duke Ellington
1968 Swing's Our Thing Johnny Hodges
1968 Yale Concert Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1973 Ease on Down the Road Buddy Rich & His Big Band
1973 Roar of '74 Buddy Rich
1975 Greatest Jazz Concert in the World Duke Ellington/Ella Fitzgerald/Oscar Pet
1976 Duke's Moods Raymond Fol
1976 Recollections of the Big Band Era Duke Ellington
1977 Cat Speaks Cat Anderson
1981 Compact Jazz: Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
1983 Jazz Trumpet, Vol. 1: Classic Jazz to Swing Various Artists
1983 Swingin' the Forties with the Great Eight Various Artists
1985 S.R.O./Things Ain't the Way They Used To Be Duke Ellington
1987 I'll Get Along Somehow Larry Darnell
1988 Door Steve Lacy
1988 Feeling of Jazz: Best of Impulse, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1988 Impulse! Collection: The Best of Impulse!, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1989 Best of Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
1989 Best of the Big Bands, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1989 Satin Doll Duke Ellington
1990 Atlantic Jazz: Mainstream Various Artists
1990 Jingle Bell Jazz Various Artists
1990 Kings of Swing Various Artists
1991 Compact Jazz: Duke Ellington and Friends Duke Ellington
1991 Jimmy Hamilton & The New York Jazz Quintet Jimmy Hamilton
1991 Play Selections from West Side Story & Other Delights Buddy Rich with Maynard Ferguson
1991 Reminiscing in Tempo Duke Ellington
1993 Best of the Songbooks Ella Fitzgerald
1993 Compact Jazz: Ella and Duke Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington
1993 Original Jazz Masters Series, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1994 16 Most Requested Songs Duke Ellington
1994 Best of the Songbooks: The Ballads Ella Fitzgerald
1994 Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
1994 Either Side of Midnight Various Artists
1994 Essential: Great Songs Ella Fitzgerald
1994 Introducing Verve Jazz Masters, Vol. 20 Various Artists
1994 Little Jazz: The Best of Verve Years Roy Eldridge
1994 Live at Newport 1958 Duke Ellington
1994 Live at the Greek 9/23/66 Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald
1994 Passion Flower Johnny Hodges
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 35 Johnny Hodges
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 4 Duke Ellington
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 6 Ella Fitzgerald
1995 Best of Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson
1995 En Concert Avec Europe 1: Theatre Des Champs Elysees, Paris, France, 1965 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1995 I'm Beginning to See the Light Duke Ellington
1995 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Three Divas Ella Fitzgerald/Billy Holiday/Dinah Wash
1995 Jazz Sides: Verve Jazz Masters 46 Ella Fitzgerald
1995 Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics Various Artists
1995 Original Jazz Masters Series, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1995 Pure Delight: The Essence of Quincy Jones and His Orchestra, 1953-1964 Quincy Jones and His Orchestra
1995 Solitude Coleman Hawkins
1995 Soul of Ben Webster/Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You/Blues a Plenty Ben Webster/Harry Edison/Johnny Hodges
1995 Those Fabulous Ladies of Jazz Various Artists
1995 Too Marvelous for Words: The Johnny Mercer Songbook Instrumentals Various Artists
1996 Best of Jazz 'Round Midnight Various Artists
1996 Big Band Masters Various Artists
1996 Big Band Renaissance Various Artists
1996 Ellington '56 Duke Ellington
1996 History of Chess Jazz Various Artists
1996 How Do You Duke Duke Ellington
1996 Jazz Big Names, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1996 Jazz Hour with Duke Ellington, Vol. 2: Jump for Joy Duke Ellington
1996 Jazz Moods, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1996 Private Collection, Vol. 10: Dance Dates, California, 1958 Duke Ellington
1996 Private Collection, Vol. 2: Studio Sessions, 1957 & 1962 Duke Ellington
1996 Private Collection, Vol. 5: Studio Sessions, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1967, San Francisco, Chicago, New York Duke Ellington
1996 Private Collection, Vol. 8: Studio Sessions, New York & Chicago, 1965, 1966 & 1971 Duke Ellington
1996 Private Collection, Vol. 9: Dance Concerts, California, 1958 Duke Ellington
1996 Stockholm Concert Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington
1996 This Is Jazz Sampler, Vol. 21 Various Artists
1996 Unheard Recordings, Pt. 1: Live at Monterey 1960 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone: Classic Sounds Various Artists
1997 Art of Jazz Saxophone Various Artists
1997 Art of Saxophone Various Artists
1997 Gentle Duke: The Ellington Soloists Play Duke Various Artists
1997 High Drama: The Real Johnnie Ray Johnnie Ray
1997 Legends of Jazz Various Artists
1997 Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years Various Artists
1997 Popular Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
1997 Priceless Jazz Sampler Various Artists
1997 Riverside Records Story Various Artists
1997 Standards on Impulse Various Artists
1998 1958 Duke Ellington
1998 Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook Various Artists
1998 Concert 1960 Duke Ellington
1998 Cote d'Azur Concerts on Verve Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington
1998 Daylight Express Clark Terry & Paul Gonsalves
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads Various Artists
1998 Essential Jazz Ballads, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
1998 Jazz After Hours Various Artists
1998 Jazz Giants Play Harry Warren: Lullaby of Broadway Giants Play Harry Warren: Lullaby of Bro
1998 Memories of You Rosemary Clooney
1998 Paris Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 Duke Ellington/Europe 1
1998 Patchwork! Marcel Zanini & Sam Woodyard
1998 Priceless Jazz Sampler, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Priceless Jazz Duke Ellington
1998 Pure Swing: Hold Your Hats Various Artists
1998 Pure Swing: Jivin' Jams Various Artists
1998 Takin' the A Train Duke Ellington
1998 This Is Jazz, Vol. 36: Plays Standards Duke Ellington
1999 Alhambra, 29 Octobre 1958, Pt. 2 Duke Ellington
1999 Alhambra, 29 Octobre 1958 Duke Ellington
1999 Centenary Collection Slipcase Edition Duke Ellington
1999 Diminuendo, Crescendo and Blues C-Jam All Stars
1999 Ellington Legacy Duke Ellington
1999 First Time! The Count Meets the Duke Duke Ellington with Count Basie's Orches
1999 In Sweden Duke Ellington
1999 Jazz Giants Play Duke Ellington: Caravan Various Artists
1999 Jazz: The Definitive Performances Various Artists
1999 Live at the 1956 Stratford Festival Duke Ellington
1999 Masters of Jazz Sampler Various Artists
1999 TH. Champs Élysées, 1965, Pt. 1 Duke Ellington
1999 TH. Champs Élysées, 1965, Pt. 2 Duke Elllington
1999 Yes Tonight Josephine Johnnie Ray
2000 16 Biggest Hits Rosemary Clooney
2000 Ben Webster's Finest Hour Ben Webster
2000 Blues & Ballads Duke Ellington
2000 Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions 1956-1961 Johnny Hodges
2000 Duke in Washington Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
2000 Duke: The Essential Recordings (1927-1962) Duke Ellington
2000 Eternal Ellington 1927-1959 Duke Ellington
2000 I Let A Song Norris Turney
2000 Incontournables Duke Ellington
2000 Jazz Collection Duke Ellington
2000 Jazz Collection: The Art of Jazz Saxophone Various Artists
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Duke Ellington/Coleman Hawkins
2000 Live in Paris Duke Ellington
2000 Night Out With Verve Various Artists
2000 Paris Jazz Concert, Vol. 2: October 29, 1958 Duke Ellington
2001 All Star Road Band, Vol. 1 Duke Ellington
2001 Best of Duke Ellington/New Mood Indigo Duke Ellington
2001 Jazz Romance: A Night in With Verve Various Artists
2001 Love Songs Duke Ellington
2001 LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology: Just One of Those Things Various Artists
2001 Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
2001 Ring Dem Vibes Lionel Hampton
2001 Talkin' Verve Quincy Jones
2001 Time Remembered: LRC Jazz Legacy Anthology Various Artists
2002 ... and His Mother Called Him Bill Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
2002 Basically With Blue Milt Hinton
2002 Chelsea Bridge Booty Wood
2002 Clark Terry and His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalve Clark Terry and His Orchestra
2002 Classic Jazz: Jazz Legends Various Artists
2002 Definitive Black & Blue Sessions: I Let a Song Norris Turney
2002 Definitive Black & Blue Sessions: Pianistically Yours Milt Buckner/Andre Persiani
2002 Definitive Black & Blue Sessions Cat Anderson
2002 Duke Ellington at the Alhambra Duke Ellington
2002 Duke Ellington's Finest Hour Duke Ellington
2002 Ken Burns Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2002 Midnight Slows Various Artists
2002 Ralph Ellison: Living With Music Various Artists
2003 Best of the Concert Years: Trios & Quartets Ella Fitzgerald
2003 Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Duke Ellington w/ John Coltrane
2003 Duke in Munich Duke Ellington
2003 Jazz in Paris: The Swing Machine Gérard Badini
2003 Jazz Singer Rosemary Clooney
2003 Night at the Popcorn: Live Geneva Gerard Badini
2003 Playboy Jazz After Dark Various Artists
2003 Rive Gauche: 1976-1985 Marcel Zanini
2003 Satin Doll Collection Duke Ellington
2003 So What! DJ Please
2003 Very Best of John Coltrane John Coltrane
2004 Blues in Orbit Duke Ellington
2004 Duke: The Columbia Years 1927-1962 Duke Ellington
2004 Encore Series Duke Ellington
2004 Essential Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson
2004 Essential Rosemary Clooney Rosemary Clooney
2004 Festival Session Duke Ellington
2004 Happy Birthday Newport: 50 Swinging Years Various Artists
2004 Jaywalker: 1966-1967 Duke Ellington
2004 Jazz Biography Series Duke Ellington
2004 Piano in the Background Duke Ellington
2004 Piano in the Foreground Duke Ellington
2004 Popular Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
2004 Rose and the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in American Ballads Various Artists
2004 Trios Duke Ellington
2005 1949-1951 Larry Darnell
2005 Big Band Machine Buddy Rich
2005 Centennial Anthology Duke Ellington
2005 Complete Gus Wildi Recordings and More Duke Ellington
2005 Complete Porgy and Bess George Gershwin
2005 Essential Duke Ellington Duke Ellington
2005 Everest Digest Various Artists
2005 For Lovers: Chet Baker/John Coltrane/Stan Getz Various Artists
2005 Jazz in Paris: Rive Gauche, Rive Droite 1956-1959 Various Artists
2005 Jazzradio Various Artists
2005 Paris for Lovers Various Artists
2005 Stanley Dance Sessions Billy Strayhorn/Johnny Hodges
2005 Symphonic Ellington Duke Ellington
2006 Berlin Concert 1969 Duke Ellington
2006 Best of Buddy Rich Buddy Rich
2006 Early Tracks from the Master of Swing Duke Ellington
2006 Live in Montreal 1964 Duke Ellington
2006 London Concert 1964 Duke Ellington
2006 Masters of Jazz: The Sampler Various Artists
2006 Masters of Jazz Various Artists
2006 Storyville Clark Terry Clark Terry
2006 Very Best of the Song Books Ella Fitzgerald
2007 Cat's in the Alley Cat Anderson
2007 For Lovers Ella Fitzgerald & Friends
2007 Impulse! Albums, Vol. 1 John Coltrane
2007 Jazz Festival, Vol. 2 Duke Ellington/Bobby Hackett/Mike Bryan
2007 Live in '58 Duke Ellington
2007 Original Album Classics Duke Ellington
2007 Quincy Jones ABC/Mercury Big Band Jazz Sessions Quincy Jones
2007 Very Best of the Duke Ellington Song Book Ella Fitzgerald
2008 Coffret Jazz in Paris Various Artists
2008 Jazz Profile Duke Ellington
2008 On the Road: The 1962 Guard Sessions Della Reese
2009 Live in Warsaw October 30 1971 Duke Ellington
 

Noise

 
 
  • "When he plays, he lives a love affair with his drums." -Duke Ellington
 

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