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Bob Ward

Bob Ward has been playing jazz guitar on the New York City scene for over 20 years. His first recording, ªg4 on 6 X 5ªh with his group ªgThe New York Jazz Guitar Ensembleªh was a tribute to the great guitarist Wes Montgomery. Bob has performed with jazz masters Jack McDuff, Warne Marsh, Barry Harris, Bob Rockwell, Steve LaSpina, Tim Ries and Marc Johnson to name but a few.....

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My new CD, 'The Persuader', released only in Japan for my JAZZ JAPAN 2004 tour, will be coming out very soon in the US.

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"PROOF", the new Gwyneth Plaltrow, Anthony Hopkins movie from Miramax uses a song from my Voodoo Dogs CD with Larry Goldings.
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At Bell's in Tokushima, Japan.

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The Jazz Duo track 1 2 3
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The New York Quintet track 1 2 3
Quartet with Ron Horton Gone with the Wind

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Bob Ward & Kelly Friesen Jazz Duo

Sophisticated, lyrical, Soulful are choice words describing the fresh sound on the Bob Ward & Kelly Friesen Jazz Duo. After completing their JAZZ JAPAN 2004 tour, this exhilarating duo is back on New York City scene and should be added to your 'must see' list if you haven't heard them live.

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At Jazz Cabin 88 in Japan. Bass signed by Ron Carter.
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Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me

Moonlight in Vermont

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The Bob Ward Trio

Bob Ward - guitar
Kelly Friesen - bass
Taro Okamoto - drums

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Taro Okamoto The Trio adds Taro Okamoto on drums. Born in Japan, although a true New Yorker after moving here 30 years ago, Taro Okamoto has a marvelous sensitivity with a deep swinging groove acquired through touring with Elvin Jones for several years. I met Taro when we played in saxophonist Warne MarshÍs quartet in 1982. He played on my first record '4 on 6 X 5' and my latest release, 'The Persuader' featuring The New York Quintet. Taro has worked alongside jazz legends Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Duke Jordan, Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Steve Grossman and Gary Bartz.

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The Bob Ward Trio
Interplay and groove is the essence of music created when artists Bob Ward, Kelly Friesen and Taro Okamoto team up as The Bob Ward Trio. The conversational repore between Taro's drums and Kelly's bass is an impressive catalyst triggering Bob's melodic guitar to spring in quick response. All three being outstanding soloists, the cohesiveness and sense of delicacy they are able to dictate together is nothing short of amazing.
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