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Bob Ward has spent 20 years in New York City playing jazz guitar. His first recording, “4 on 6 X 5” with his group “The New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble” was a tribute to the great guitarist Wes Montgomery. He played in groups with Jack McDuff, Warne Marsh, Barry Harris, Bob Rockwell, Steve LaSpina, Tim Ries and Marc Johnson to name a few.

Being very interested in recording, he opened Current Sounds Studio and consequently worked on many recording projects while specializing in jazz. Artists from across the spectrum such as MMW, Richie Birach, Benny Golson, John Abercrombie, Moby, Chaka Kahn, John Pizzarelli and Marc Copland all came to Current Sounds Studio.

As a composer, Bob has co-written songs for George Benson, Grover Washington Jr. and Ramsey Lewis. “The Thinker” on Benson’s “That’s Right” turned out to be the urban hit.

“Voodoo Dogs” is the result of a partnership with Larry Goldings that was formed to create a new form of world acid jazz. These two plan to get together again soon to produce another Voodoo Dogs CD.

In May, 2001, Bob came to Okinoerabu island in Japan to compose music in a very different setting. “Dreaming in the Clouds” was composed and recorded there and dedicated to the wonderfully warm hearted people of the island. During his stay, he picked up the shamisen, a traditional island instrument, and was intrigued by the minyo music and odori dancing associated with it. The influence made it into the music of this CD. “Odoro Shimautade” has become a standard on Okinoerabu and is rapidly gaining popularity across Japan.

Bob was working on many styles of music from reggae to jazz and playing concerts in Japan. He was planning to release a new CD single this past October but decided to make a full length CD instead. The new CD, "Jagaimo", was released on November 18, 2002 and is full of fun songs about life in Okinoerabu island, Japan.

Back in New York City again, Bob has reunited his jazz Quintet. Tim Ouimette (trumpet), Bruce Williamson (alto & tenor sax, bass clarinet), Kelly Friesen (bass) and Taro Okamoto (drums) set the line-up. Presenty, Bob is arranging new compositions for his quintet that he composed while in Japan. He is planing to release a new CD of the group, The New York Quintet, in 2004.




New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble 4 on 6 X 5