Clarence Ward Iii
1610 14th Street Northwest
About The Event:
$10 adv, $15 door
shows @ 7:30pm & 9pm
One of the lionhearts of jazz in Baltimore, Ward is a master of multiple genres from straight-ahead jazz to R&B and soul, playing both classic standards and original compositions. Listeners are spellbound by the wail of his trumpet and delighted by the funkiness of his saxophone. His soulful, heartfelt style of old school sax gives classics new meaning. His trumpeting, reminiscent of Roy Hargrove, is energizing and restorative for listeners.
Ward has toured and performed with icons such as Gladys Knight, Nancy Wilson, and Aretha Franklin. In the R&B world he’s worked with the Chante Moore, Ruff Endz and Ledisi. He has also worked with gospel greats CeCe Winans and Richard Smallwood. He played countless venues in the U.S. and Japan before returning his focus to Charm City, where he has created one of the most exciting jazz jam sessions on the Eastern Seaboard. Attracting seasoned jazz cats and putting newbies through their paces, The Session happens Mondays at Tabor Ethiopian Restaurant in downtown Baltimore from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.
Ward is joined by great performers for his Montpelier debut. Recently returning from Cincinnati, vibraphonist Chris Barrick has performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore and Blues Alley. Guest vocalist Zenia McPherson will continue on her path of winning hearts and minds internationally. Pianist Hope Udobe, bassist Mikel Combs, and percussionist Quincy Phillips complete the band. Phillips also drums for Roy Hargrove and appears on the 2017 Grammy winning Christian McBride Big Band album, Bringin’ It. Program highlights will include Ellington classic “Cottontail,” and the Ward original “Thanks for the Tears,” written for his mother.