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Artist Listening Show ~ The James Ward Band

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The James Ward Band was formed January of 1997 at The Blue Room located on 18th and Vine in Kansas City, MO.  James, a native of Kansas City, attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he studied Tuba, and played Acoustic and Electric Bass in numerous bands while attending college.  James' experience, skill, and reputation as a Bass Player led him to opportunities to perform with greats throughout the years such as Marcus Roberts, Wycliffe Gordon, Nat Adderly, Mark Whitfield, Bobby Watson, John Cushon, Patti Austin, Jonathan Dubose, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Lisa Henry, Chris Barnett, Jackie Mills, Russell Malone, Marcus Printup, Peter Martin, Scotty Barnhart, and Will Matthews of the Count Basie Orchestra, Gospel Artists Dorinda Clark-Cole and Donald Lawrence, and a host of other artists.  James also toured South Africa with Oleta Adams.

The James Ward Band (The JWB) is a Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz Band, whose show consists of a combination of Latin, R&B, Fusion, Funk, Jazz, and Gospel.  July 2010, they released their album entitled "Groove Axis", which has charted the Smooth and Groove Jazz Charts as well as the Smooth Jazz Indie Charts.  “ Groove Axis” features band members James Ward on Bass, Angela Ward on Keyboards and Arranging, Ray Stewart on Percussion, Matt Hopper on Guitar, Gerald Dunn on Soprano and Tenor Sax, and Ryan Lee on Drums.  Guest artists appearing are Aaron Simcox on Alto Saxophone on Echoes written by song writer, Valerie Gregory; Clint Ashlock on Trumpet, Jason Guedeou on Trombone, and Karetta Carter on Trombone, the featured horn section on Got to....

Instrumentation

James Ward, Bass

Angie Ward, Keyboards
Gerald Dunn, Alto and Tenor Sax
Ray Stewart, Percussion
Ryan Lee, Drums
Matt Hopper, Guitar

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