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Bill Ward

In Childhood, coached by a music professor from Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas) thru Highschool.Then obtained a Piano Performance degree at Indiana university, Bloomington. Played electric bass guitar for 2 years in college while he was a pianist for the Indiana U. music department jazz band (with Dave Baker noted Jazz educator) Finally, got a Hammond B3 organ, while at Indiana U. in 1969,where he formed His first Jazz Organ Trio (organ,guitar,drums) that was very popular around Bars/Partys in town, at private events, and on campus.

Bill still has that organ, today, and has never stopped playing. In New York, playing the organ In Harlem, in clubs like the Showcase Lounge , with well known Jazz Organ side musicians like Melvin Sparks (guitar) and Joe Dukes (drums). Even though he has also been playing a lot of Gospel music in Charlotte, He still has the heart and skills of a real “Jazz Hammond Organ Player” and now uses a Nord C1 “clone” for gigs.


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