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Rickey Woodard

Aug 8, Saturday - 4pm
Cafe Stritch Stage

Rickey Woodard is a killer seasoned saxophonist. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, his musical travels led him to tour with Ray Charles, joining classic band The Juggernauts and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and recording for Concord Records.

From 1980 onward, Rickey Woodard spent seven years with the Ray Charles band. A member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Woodard has also recorded with Frank Capp and as a member of Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham’s Sweet Baby Blues Band.  In 1993, he embarked on a series of yearly visits to the Peterborough Jazz Club in England, billed with veteran British jazz musicians such as Dick Morrissey, John Burch, and Tony Archer.

Rickey Woodard picked up early experience playing in a family band. After attending Tennessee State University, Woodard joined Ray Charles in 1980. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles and then recorded (both as a leader and as a sideman) for Concord Records, has led quartets, and been a member of  The Juggernaut, and The Cheathams, in addition to making guest appearances.

Joining him is a “who’s who” of local players, pianist Murray Low, bassist, John Shifflett, and drummer Wally Schnalle, who also presents IF3 at Summer Fest 2015.

From 1980 onward, Rickey Woodard spent seven years with the Ray Charles band. A member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Woodard has also recorded with Frank Capp and as a member of Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham’s Sweet Baby Blues Band.  In 1993, he embarked on a series of yearly visits to the Peterborough Jazz Club in England, billed with veteran British jazz musicians such as Dick Morrissey, John Burch, and Tony Archer.

Rickey Woodard picked up early experience playing in a family band. After attending Tennessee State University, Woodard joined Ray Charles in 1980. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles and then recorded (both as a leader and as a sideman) for Concord Records, has led quartets, and been a member of  The Juggernaut, and The Cheathams, in addition to making guest appearances.

Joining him is a “who’s who” of local players, pianist Murray Low, bassist, John Shifflett, and drummer Wally Schnalle, who also presents IF3 at Summer Fest 2015.


Personnel

Rickey Woodard, saxophone Ernie Andrews, vocals Murray Low, piano John Shifflet, bass Wally Schnalle, drums

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Special Thanks

This performance is supported by generous gifts from Bruce Powell, Jan DeCarli, and anonymous.