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Brian Ward: Bio

Brian Ward - Piano

Brian Ward is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger from Portland Oregon. Ward has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Bobby Torres, Shirley Nanette, Curtis Salgado, Obo Addy, Thara Memory and many others. Brian appears on a variety of recordings and has had his works performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the United States. “City of Roses,” one of the arrangements Brian helped create for Esperanza Spalding’s latest release, recently won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Vocal Performance.
Brian currently lives in Pullman Washington. He is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Jazz Piano at Washington State University School of Music where he teaches Jazz piano, Jazz and Rock history, Jazz arranging, theory and ear training. In addition, Ward performs with Jazz Northwest, Crosscurrent and Nighthawk and works with student ensembles.
Ward received his Bachelor of Music in 1999 and Master of Science in Teaching Music in 2001 from Portland State University. Prior to his appointment at Washington State University, Brian was the Combo Coordinator and adjunct professor of Jazz piano at PSU.