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Bill Ward Jazz Organ Group


Biography:
Bill's band is an ensemble in the tradition of the jazz organ trio?s/quartets made popular by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Hank Marr, Charles Earland, and many others. Musical selections range from up-tempo blues, shuffles, bebop standards, soulful ballads, and R&B selections.

Bill Ward is a versatile piano, organ, and keyboard player. With over 20 years experience in New York and Charlotte as a wedding organist, jazz and classical pianist, Hammond B3 player, keyboard player in R&B Bands and church Music Director. He is also a graduate of Indiana University Music School, organist for Temple Beth-El and Co Music Director for East Stonewall AME Zion Church.

He is also an accomplished Pipe Organist. What this means is that when you hire Bill Ward, he can perform all traditional wedding classic selections on the Pipe Organ, then, become the ?cocktail? hour pianist, then join his trio/quartet and play exciting toe tapping ballads, jazz standards, Smooth Jazz and R&B selections at your reception.

Bill can also appear in a duo (guitar and organ), or (singer and organ) for a more subtle instrumental impression, or, as a single pianist for those who need a softer more intimate sound environment.

Bill has released a smooth Jazz CD entitled ?All In One? and performed for concerts at Johnson C Smith University and appeared with ?Sign Of The Times? swing band as well many weddings, receptions, and parties in Charlotte.
Musical Styles:
»  Motown, Soul, Oldies, Beach, Variety
»  Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Classical
»  Hip-Hop, Urban, Current R&B