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Brian Ward: News

Washington State University- Instructor of Jazz Piano - October 31, 2011

As of this Fall, I've accepted a new position at Washington State University as Instructor of Jazz Piano.

Tahirah Memory LIVE July 24th! - July 21, 2009

To all friends with a relentless tapping foot!
Come out and taste a groove at the Blue Monk Friday July 24th! Live band (Brian
Ward, Ben Jones, Rod Nightingale) playing some feel good soul and R&B, with the
vocal flavor of Tahirah Memory!!!
Bring your lady, but dont bring your babies...amazing dinner menu, delicious
atmosphere, and good spirited souls...
See YOU there!!!

the Blue MOnk (restaurant and bar)

3341 se Belmont St.
Portland, OR.

Please pass me on...and on,..and on ;) xo Tahirah Asha Memory

November 5, 2008

The Japan-America Society of Oregon proudly presents:

Special Guest from Japan:
John Kaizan Neptune
Master of the SHAKUHACHI (Japanese bamboo flute)
The Old Church Thursday, 11/13/08, 7:30p
with an all-star group of our best local jazz musicians:

Dennis Caiazza - Bass
Gary Hobbs - Drums
Brian Ward - Piano

This event will be filmed for broadcast by
Jon Olson
Two-time Emmy nominated TV Host & Executive Producer for
PDXposed - Portland's Arts, Travel & Entertainment Show.
It will air on Comcast Cable's On Demand & also airing on KGW, Newschannel 8 at 7pm on Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30pm!
Be part of the show!

Tickets available through 503.205.0715
Advance Price - $20
At Door - $25

Sponsored by:
The Benson Hotel
Bill Naito Company
City of Hillsboro
Northwest Airlines
NuMark High Performance Interiors
Port of Portland
Sapporo USA, Inc.

For additional information, please call Japan-America Society of Oregon at 503.552.8811.

Spend New Years Eve with Portland's party band- Ocean 503 - December 29, 2007

Plan to spend New Year's Eve with Ocean 503 at
Free Munchie Bar * Midnight Toast * Party Favors
Tickets $8 in advance/ $10 at the door
Tickets can be purchased at the club or from band members

Portsmouth Pizza & Pub
is located at 5262 North Lombard, Portland, OR
Take I-5 to Lombard West exit
(Approximately 1 mile west)
503 289 4644

Patrick Lamb Gospel Tribute to MLK - July 18, 2007

I'm excited to be part of this CD relese/concert on JULY 23RD at Vancouver Ave Baptist church. 3138 N Vancouver Ave. 97227

The BEST players, singers and original music. It's 7:00 on Monday Night so don't miss it!

Jimmy Maks this Friday - May 31, 2007

Brian Ward Quintet

Friday June 1st at Jimmy Maks

221 NW 10th
Portland OR 97209
(503) 295-6542
reservations suggested

8PM- Midnight

$10 cover

"One of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz."
~ Down Beat Magazine

The ensemble consists of:

Brian Ward- Keyboards
Willy Barber- Bass
Reinhardt Melz- Drums
Erick Hailstone- Guitar
Milko- Percussion

The quintet will playing Jazz, Latin and Funk- including original
tunes from Brian's latest CD "Wonderbread".

"complex jazz harmonies and post-bop improvisations in service of
groove on this Latin-tinged, soulful collection of funk, soul and
fusion" Lynn Darroch- Oregonian

mp3 store - April 6, 2007

CD release was a Huge success! - September 15, 2006
Thanks to those who made and to those who wanted to but couldn't. We had a great time. The crowd loved us, the band was killin' it, we sold a few CDs and made a lot of new friends.

Here's a write-up by our friend Richard Lazere from the Jazzscene:
And in case you missed it, Lynn Darroch wrote a review in last Fridays A&E:

What a great July!!! - August 3, 2006

Well July is past and we had a great time playing at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. The crowd was into the music, we sold a bunch of CDs and most important: we had a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out and also to those who listened on the radio.

Speaking of radio, last Saturday we played live at MHCC on KMHD 89.1. Willy and I were joined by drummer Drew Shoals and percussionist Chuk Barber. The rhythm section threw down! When I get the recording, I'll podcast it, so check back. Check out the photo gallery of that session.

Right now the calendar looks a little
thin but it's gonna fill up soon cuz we got lots of irons in lots of fires.

See ya,


News for July - July 3, 2006

Hey folks! This month kicks things off for us as we are playing at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival to promote our new CD Wonderbread.

We also just became available for download on apple's iTunes.

The Jazz Society of Oregon has made me musician of the month for July. I'm putting it on our links page so you can check it out.



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