back alley jazz team b
Peoria-born saxophonist and composer GREG WARD has performed with musical greats including Von Freeman, Frank Wess, Al Jarreau, Carl Allen, Rufus Reid, Jeff Parker, Brian McNight, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, Mike Reed, and Hamid Drake, and has toured the world from Peru, Singapore, Guam, and Japan to Italy, Switzerland, France, and South Africa. He has also been featured at festivals including Chicago Jazz Festival, Ravinia, Sons d’ Hiver, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Fest, Vision Festival in NYC, and the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal. His most recent release, Touch My Beloved's Thought (2016), comes out of a collaboration with dancer Onye Ozuzu, and is an original work inspired by Charles Mingus’ The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.
Described by Chicago Reader critic Peter Margasak as “one of the most versatile jazz musicians of his generation, with a deep-seated curiosity that drives him to push himself into new territory,” Ward moved to the South Side from New York several years ago to be part of the Chicago jazz scene again.