Bob Meyer - Vibes
Mike Jaramillo - Guitar
Lia Marsh - Vocals
Shelley Gordon - Drums
Eric Pittman - Bass
Keith Ward - Clarinet/Sax
Al Meyers - Guitar
Eric Ruskin - Piano
Keith Ward & The BlackWood Jazz Combo offers the sound of Swing Era Big Bands in a small, Benny Goodman-style combo, playing stylish renditions of classic tunes from the icons of jazz history: Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, and more, adding a nostalgic touch of class to any event or venue.
Their reputation in providing the relaxed-yet-sophisticated sound of swing music, from private parties and receptions, to large galas hosting celebrities, dignitaries, congressmen, and corporate executives in such venues as:
and many others, gives you the confidence that Keith Ward & The BlackWood Jazz Combo provides just the right touch for even the most elegant and important private and corporate events. You will also find them surprising people with the joy of jazz on the streets of the historic districts of places like Old Towne Orange and downtown Riverside's Mission Inn, in local hospital hallways, and other places where the magic of music lifts people's spirits.
Keith Ward has appeared in bands and orchestras backing Grammy Award-winning artists Natalie Cole, Michael W. Smith, and Llew
Matthews, and performed weekly with popular Southern California singer, Chuck Ousley and his band for many years.
From guest appearances as a soloist, intimate settings as a duo or trio, or larger events with the full combo, Keith Ward is able to tailor an appearance to meet a variety of needs, featuring his smooth and lyrical clarinet and alto sax, accompanied by his talented array of singers and sidemen, including young, rising-star jazz vocalist, Lia Marsh; guitarist, Mike Jaramillo; upright bassist, Eric Pittman; drummer, Shelley Gordon; vibraphonist, Bob Meyer; pianist, Eric Ruskin; with frequent appearances by Al Meyers on guitar.