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Lyman Woodard

Lyman Woodard

Hammond B-3 specialist Lyman Woodard is one of those underrated musicians forced by circumstances into mostly hometown playing. Born in Owosso, Michigan, where he recently returned after inheriting the family home, Woodard began his career playing piano in Detroit.

“What changed me to playing organ around 1963 was hearing Jimmy Smith on radio,” says 57-year-old Woodard. “Smith set the standard, discovering the stops on the organ that made it sound jazzy. I liked his early Blue Note albums, especially Crazy Baby.”

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