KEITH WARD & THE BLACKWOOD JAZZ COMBO

Bob Meyer - Vibes

Mike Jaramillo - Guitar

Lia Marsh - Vocals

ABOUT US

Shelley Gordon - Drums

Eric Pittman - Bass

Keith Ward - Clarinet/Sax

Al Meyers - Guitar

Photography by Robert Bell rbellphotography.com

‚Äčexcept Eric Ruskin, by Steve Jost stevejostphotography.com 

Eric Ruskin - Piano

FEATURING THE SMOOTH SWING SOUND OF KEITH WARD ON CLARINET and Sax

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:

  • The Catalina Island Yacht Club in Avalon
  • The Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland Hotel
  • The Frank Sinatra Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs
  • The ballrooms of the Pacific Palms Resort and the Ontario Convention Center
  • The Music Room and Spanish Art Gallery of the historic Mission Inn in Riverside
  • The Chart House in Dana Point
  • The Ritz Restaurant and Garden in Newport Beach

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 Ruskinwith frequent appearances by Al Meyers on guitar.