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Greg Ward

Greg Ward is a saxophonist and composer that was born in Peoria, IL. Currently based in Chicago, Ward has had the opportunity to perform and record with a varied group of artists like Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D'Angelo, and Mike Reed.

In 2000, Ward began his studies at Northern Illinois University where he worked with Steve Duke, Fareed Haque, Ron Carter, and Joey Sellers. Already interested in composition, having the opportunity to compose for NIU's jazz combos deepened his understanding of the inner-workings of music. Also, working with composer and arranger, Joey Sellers, equipped Ward with some important tools to further explore this new love.


The Gennett Suite

Label: Patrois Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc 1: Movement 1--Royal Blue: Introduction; Tin Roof Blues, Part 1; Tim Roof Blues, Part 2; Chimes Blues; Dippermouth Blues. Movement 2--Blues Faux Bix: Davenport Blues; The Jazz Me Blues; Interlude; Wolverine Blues. Disc 2: Movement 3: Hoagland--Stardust; Riverboat Shuffle, Part 1; Riverboat Shuffle, Part 2. Movement 4--Mr. Jelly Lord: King Porter Stomp; Grandpa's Spells.



Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Suspension (Adrift, Glide); When the Darkness Reaches Morning; I. At Night, and Then Upon Waking; II. Ramifications; Storybook; Other Half; The Primrose Path; Feeling; Premonition, Acuity, Flourish.


Both Sides of Joni

Label: ACME Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Help Me; Both Sides Now; I Think I Understand; River; Don't Interrupt the Sorrow; My Old Man; The Hissing of Summer Lawns; Sweet Bird; The Circle Game.


Article: Album Review

Rami Atassi: Dancing Together

Read "Dancing Together" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The Chicago-based guitarist Rami Atassi went on a south American journey with his wife to explore Mexico and Colombia. Amid the daily background music, he heard different styles and rhythmic foundations than those he was used to and took percussion lessons locally. All this later began seeping into his solo work. A Syrian-American, Atassi ...


Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A retrospective of some of the most compelling tunes we heard in the first half of 2023, distilled for your enjoyment.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Michael Blake's Chroma Nova “Little Demons" Dance of the Mystic Bliss (P&M) 0:16 Host talks 6:50 Thomas Naïm ...


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Dippermouth Blues

Label: Patrois Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 6:15


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fire Starters

Read "Fire Starters" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The boys take another walk down the “out" side of the street this episode, with looks at a little known outing from one of Charles Mingus' trumpet players to a twin-guitar / alto sax ensemble, to two rather challenging works on the Pyroclastic label. Mike's more patient with those efforts than Pat. Who's ready for some ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gaia Wilmer, Greg Ward, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Janel Leppin & Other New Releases

Read "Gaia Wilmer, Greg Ward, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Janel Leppin & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

There are different ways to unpack this playlist. One of them is approaching it as a travelogue taking us to the music incubator that is jny: Chicago; to a scene deserving wider recognition in Washington D.C.; to Brazil, France and Italy. And it all starts from Free Form Funk Freqs' 3rd Galaxy. Happy listening! ...


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