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 Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra
, the Juggernaut
, and the Cheathams
, in addition to making guest appearances.