Posts Tagged ‘ André Ward ’

André Ward – Africa Rising

315219605_5387782884654048_7605043818622206901_nSmooth jazz saxophonist André Ward was born and raised in Chicago. His first instrument, which he took up at age eight, was the snare drum. He later moved to trumpet and tenor saxophone before settling on alto saxophone and becoming sufficiently proficient to earn a music-performing scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Based in Boston, he played internationally and did session work for such artists as Freddie Jackson.

He was signed to Orpheus Music and released his debut solo album, Feelin’ You, in October 2001. It reached number four on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and also appeared on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His second album, Steppin’ Up, released in March 2004, was similarly successful.

His newest album is Africa Rising (2022). This album is available for streaming on all digital platforms.

Andre Ward, Rahni Song & Rob White – Jazzilicious Vol. 2

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Andre Ward, Rahni Song & Rob Whitehope hope you enjoy their musical selections for Jazzilicious Vol. 2. Smooth jazz saxophonist André Ward was born and raised in Chicago. His first instrument, which he took up at age eight, was the snare drum. He later moved to trumpet and tenor saxophone before settling on alto saxophone and becoming sufficiently proficient to earn a music-performing scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Based in Boston, he played internationally and did session work for such artists as Freddie Jackson. He was signed to Orpheus Music and released his debut solo album, Feelin’ You, in October 2001. It reached number four on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and also appeared on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His second album, Steppin’ Up, released in March 2004, was similarly successful.The new album could have just as easily been titled “Duets”. It features some of the top vocalist in the music industry today.

This album is available at CDBaby.

Andre Ward – Caution

CautionSmooth jazz saxophonist André Ward was born and raised in Chicago. His first instrument, which he took up at age eight, was the snare drum. He later moved to trumpet and tenor saxophone before settling on alto saxophone and becoming sufficiently proficient to earn a music-performing scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Based in Boston, he played internationally and did session work for such artists as Freddie Jackson.

He was signed to Orpheus Music and released his debut solo album, Feelin’ You, in October 2001. It reached number four on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and also appeared on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His second album, Steppin’ Up, released in March 2004, was similarly successful.

Now he is back with Caution, available at CDBaby.

André Ward – The Journey Part 1

Take a seasoned musician who can play the soprano, alto and tenor saxophone with skilled ease and passion and mix in varied elements of gospel, jazz, R & B and you have the next big thing to hit the jazz scene – André Ward. In the company of other accomplished artists that have set the precedence for smooth jazz, André Ward leaves off where Kenney G., Alex Bugnon and Najee have succeeded with Orpheus Music.

Ask anyone who has seen Andre perform live and they will attest to the raw energy and limitless ability of this musical talent. Known for his amazing live performances, Andre plays from his heart and truly expresses himself through the thing he loves most – his music. This is music you experience, not listen to.

This album appropriately titled The Journey Part 1 takes you on a ride re-introducing you to the music that first made André Ward a household name. Starting in 2003, 2004 and 2007 you can listen to his best of now at CDBaby.