James Ward Band

The James Ward Band (The JWB) is a Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz Band, whose show consists of a combination of Latin, R&B, Fusion, Funk, Jazz, and Gospel.  On May 12, 2007, they released their debut album entitled "In Perspective", which debuted on the Smooth Jazz Indie Charts at #42 and quickly soared to the top 20 and stayed for a number of weeks.

In Perspective was followed by "Groove Axis" released July 2010, now available on CD Baby, itunes, emusic, and amazon.com.  Groove Axis features band members James Ward on Bass, Angela Ward on Keyboards and Arranging, Ray Stewart on Percussion, Matt Hopper on Guitar, Gerald Dunn on Soprano and Tenor Sax, and Ryan Lee on Drums.  Guest artists appearing areAaron Simcox on Alto Saxophone on Echoes written by song writer, Valerie Gregory; Clint Ashlock on Trumpet, Jason Guedeou on Trombone, and Karetta Carter on Trombone, the featured horn section on Got to Get You Into My Life, which also features Jonathan DuBose on Lead Guitar; Vibraphonist Greg Carroll, Guitarist Matt Hopper, and Ashley Wenberg featured on Flute on Waves; the writing of Eric Grover on 2 Minute Chase featuring Ryan Lee on Drums; the Drum Programming of Kevin Johnson on the title cut, Groove Axis; and Aaron Mayfield on synth bass on the Bet That Up Reprise.  The combination of these various styles from each musician is what makes the James Ward Band unique.

Saturday, February 03, 8:30pm




American Jazz Museum


Blue Room Jazz Club
1600 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
United States