THE PLAYLIST: The New York Times Features Greg Ward & Rogue Parade’s “The Contender”

January 21, 2019Features, Press Reel

Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times Greg Ward and Rogue Parade, ‘The Contender’ The alto saxophonist Greg Ward’s new album, “Stomping Off From Greenwood,” has the rusted, resonant sound of so much beat-driven jazz coming from Chicago natives today (Jeff Parker, Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill). But its instrumentation — alto sax, two guitars, bass, drums … Read More

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Greg Ward’s “Stomping Off From Greenwood” Reviewed by Martin Johnson

January 17, 2019Features, Press Reel, Reviews

‘Stomping Off From Greenwood’ by Greg Ward Review The saxophonist’s Rogue’s Parade ensemble reveals its invigorating rapport on a new album. By Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal With the aim of furthering his jazz career, alto saxophonist Greg Ward moved from Chicago to New York 10 years ago. He accomplished his objective by returning … Read More

TRACK FEATURE: WBGO Features Greg Ward’s “The Contender” on Take Five

January 14, 2019Features

Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade, “The Contender” by Nate Chinen, WBGO Greg Ward is a Chicago-based alto saxophonist who knows how to reconcile different elements: acoustic and electronic, precise and volatile, inside and “out.” He has an arresting new album, Stomping Off From Greenwood, that brings this gift into clear focus, with a batch of new … Read More

NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Jazziz Features Vivian Sessoms’ “Strange Fruit”

January 14, 2019Features, Press Reel

Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine Vivian Sessoms, “Strange Fruit” Having earned her stripes as a performer with such acclaimed artists as Ryuichi Sakamoto, P. Diddy and Michael Jackson, accomplished Harlem-born singer Vivian Sessoms brings her vast array of experiences on her inspired, socially aware, jazz-influenced new album, Life. Her first LP in over ten years proves her … Read More

NPR Jazz Critics Poll 2018!

January 10, 2019Features, Listings, Press Reel

13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Anniversary (ArtistShare) Latin – Karl Ackerman  (All About Jazz) New Releases – Russ Musto (New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat)     Henry Conerway III – With Pride For Dignity (Self-released) New Releases – Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) New Releases – Peter Quinn (Jazzwise, The Arts Desk) Debut –  Richard B. Kamins (Step Tempest) … Read More


January 10, 2019Features

Album of the Day: Greg Ward, “Stomping Off From Greenwood” by Mike West, Bandcamp Daily Two things immediately distinguish Stomping Off From Greenwood. First, there’s the unique saxophone-and-dual-guitar frontline of Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade quintet, a hard turn from the orchestral Mingus-isms of his most recent album, 2016’s Touch My Beloved’s Thought. Second, and by … Read More

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Feature on Greg Ward by Howard Reich

January 10, 2019Features

Ace Chicago sax man Greg Ward celebrates his Rogue Parade by Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune  When the irrepressibly creative Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward moved back here in 2015, after several years in New York, he knew what he was looking for. Or, to put it another way, he knew what he was tired of doing … Read More