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Greg Ward (born 1982) is rapidly emerging as one of the leading virtuoso saxophone players of his generation, with a unique versatility in a wide variety of styles including Modern Jazz, Funk, Latin as well as Classical, Indian, Klezmer and African Music. Ward grew up in a musical household, singing in Gospel groups as a child before the discovery of Charlie Parker led him to dedicate his life to the saxophone. Honors quickly followed, including the Downbeat Magazine High School Jazz Soloist Award (2000), participation in the exclusive Stean’s Institute at Ravinia (2001), scholarships from the Vail Jazz Workshop in Colorado, and selection as a Jazz Mentor with the Jazz Institute of Chicago



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: All of You; Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me; How Insensitive; Please Send Someone to Love; Get Out of Town; People; Old Devil Moon; Like a Lover; Angel Eyes.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space

Read "Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space" reviewed by David Brown

This week, birthday tributes to Abby Lincoln and Byard Lancaster, solo piano works from Lucian Ban, Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou and Dr. Billy Taylor, Ellington arranges Monk, early works from George Russell and a swingin' Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Quartet live at the Airliner Lounge, and more! Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It ...

Article: Album Review

Hinda Hoffman meets Soul Message: People

Read "People" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da alcuni anni la scena musicale di Chicago è tornata sotto i riflettori grazie all'innovativo impulso di musicisti come Makaya McCraven, Tomeka Reid, Junius Paul, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Angel Bat Dawid, il collettivo Irreversible Entanglements e al ruolo propulsivo dell'etichetta International Anthem. Anche se poco conosciuti oltre la metropoli dell'Illinois, la cantante ...


Song of the Day

Three Ruminations

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:40


Article: Album Review

Rob Clearfield and Quin Kirchner: Concentric Orbits

Read "Concentric Orbits" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Listeners familiar with the current Chicago jazz scene will need no introduction to pianist Rob Clearfield and drummer Quin Kirchner. Both have been intrinsic to others' projects over the years, such as Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms (Woolgathering, 2019) and Greg Ward's High Alert (Sugah Hoof, 2020), but their most prominent partnership to date is probably Kirchner's ...


Article: In Pictures

Skopje Jazz Festival 2021 Tempting As Always

Read "Skopje Jazz Festival 2021 Tempting As Always" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik

A collection of photos from the Skopje jazz festival in Skopje, North Macedonia from October 20, 2021 to October 24, 2021 featuring Mats Gustafsson, Linda May Han Oh and Fabian Almazan, Greg Ward, Ziv Ravitz, Tania Giannouli, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Jakob Bro, Mark Turner, Jorge Rossy, Thomas Morgan, Yordan Kostov, Yaping Wang, L.U.M.E., Moor Mother, Dudu Kouate, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Songs of the Heart Plus Birthday Celebrations for Carole King and Blanche Calloway

Read "Songs of the Heart Plus Birthday Celebrations for Carole King and Blanche Calloway" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents songs of the heart for Valentines Day, new releases from vocalists Eugenie Jones and Hinda Hoffman plus birthday shoutouts to Carole King (80 years young) and Blanche Calloway, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so they can continue ...


Article: Album Review

Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms: Live at the Green Mill

Read "Live at the Green Mill" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One of the central figures of Chicago's thriving jazz scene, bassist Matt Ulery has cultivated fruitful relationships with a core of compatriots who embody the grit and beauty of the music coming out of the Windy City. He maintains a host of projects, one of the foremost being Delicate Charms, a group that released its self-titled ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Like You Best Of All - A Look Back To Notable 2021 Recordings, Part One

Read "I Like You Best Of All - A Look Back To Notable 2021 Recordings, Part One" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy New Year! This first broadcast of 2022 presents a final holiday recording from drummer Jeff Hamilton with new releases from The Count Basie Orchestra, Vijay Iyer, Adonis Rose & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra featuring Cyrille Aimee plus a look back at some of the notable 2021 albums made despite the disruption of the pandemic ...


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