Ben Ward Big Band

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Tuesday 10th September 2019

7:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Doors 7pm
  • Concert starts at 7:30pm
  • Bar Food available

The Ben Ward Big Band is a professional jazz orchestra based in the Midlands. Led by jazz student Ben Ward, the band combines other talented students with leading professional players to create a unique, exciting sound. Formed in 2018, the band has received glowing reviews from audiences and promises to deliver an eclectic performance, playing the traditional big band repertoire as well as more modern tunes and jazz arrangements of popular and musical theatre songs. Visit www.bwbigband.co.uk to learn more!

Ben is currently a jazz student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying under national jazz figures such as Iain Ballamy, Geoff Simkins and Alex Merritt. His short career so far has been vibrant including three years as lead alto saxophone of the Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra big band and 9-piece combo, and he is also a member of the Nottingham Jazz Orchestra big band. Ben regularly plays tenor and baritone saxophones on the Magic of Motown UK Tour and has performed at many functions and events nationwide. He is well-known on the local musical theatre scene, having played saxophone, clarinet, flute and keyboards in full-scale operatic productions such as 'Les Miserables', 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'Crazy for You' and 'West Side Story'. Ben spent summer 2019 studying jazz improvisation at New York University and big band playing with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band in Los Angeles, allowing him a unique insight into the American contemporary jazz scene. Ben is delighted to have the privilege to play with such talented musicians and share his passion with so many like-minded people!

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