386

Lyman Woodard,a Detroit Jazz Scene Legend, Dies at 66

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
Lyman Woodard
"Don't Stop the Groove" wasn't just the title of one of organist Lyman Woodard's best records. It was the immutable truth at the core of his being, the philosophy that transformed his live performances into four-alarm parties.

Woodard, who died Tuesday at Owosso Memorial Hospital at age 66, was a stalwart on the local jazz scene for decades. But he really hit his stride in the 1970s, when his band, the Lyman Woodard Organization, took up residence at Cobb's Corner, a Cass Corridor nightspot that became a leading showcase for jazz in Detroit. Mixing a grits 'n' gravy, bluesy approach to jazz with R&B, soul, funk and even a bit of disco, Woodard created a charismatic brew, with booty-shaking rhythmic grooves supporting natty horns and enough improvisation to give the music an edge of spontaneity.

Continue Reading...

For interview requests or more information contact .

Related Video

Shop

News

Timely news from the industry.

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!