Chicago-based Saxophonist/Composer Greg Ward Embarks on International Tour to Celebrate his Widely-Acclaimed Release Stomping Off From Greenwood
Following the internationally-lauded release of his fourth album, Stomping Off From Greenwood, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Greg Ward is excited to embark on an international tour with his quintet of heavyweight creative Chicago musicians, Rogue Parade featuring Greg Ward on alto saxophone, Dave Miller on guitar/effects, Matt Gold on guitar/effects, Matt Ulery on acoustic/electric bass & Quin Kirchner on drums.
Ward’s international tour will begin on October 23rd with a performance in London’s Vortex Jazz Club. The following day, October 24th, the group travels to Spain for a concert at Jimmy Glass, Valencia. Next, the Chicago outfit will travel to the Netherlands for a performance at Festival Jazz International Rotterdam on October 25th, followed by a show at Bimhuis in Amsterdam the following day at 8:30 PM. On October 27th, the group will travel to perform at Festival Jazz Nijmegen. Returning to the U.S, the ensemble will take part in the Chamber Music and Jazz Series at Rippon College, WI with a November 8th performance which will begin at 7:30PM. Traveling to Memphis, TN, Rogue Parade will perform at Crosstown Arts’ The Green Room at 8PM on November 9th. Tour will commence the following day with an 8pm show at Gaslight Studio in St. Louis, MO.
Stomping Off From Greenwood has attracted attention from top tier media outlets across the globe. All About Jazz says “Stomping Off From Greenwood sings with a depth of harmony to crack the hardest heart”, while UK Vibe says “It’s a heady mix of cerebral, heartfelt, hopeful, exploratory and inclusive. It focuses and uplifts. Musicanship is tophole.” Other coverage includes The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, NPR, the Chicago Tribune and more. All press coverage is available to view here.
Having earned wide acclaim as a sideman with artists like Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D’Angelo, and Mike Reed, Greg Ward introduced his wide-spanning audience to his new, innovative group, Rogue Parade on this January 11, 2019 release – while Stomping Off From Greenwood is Ward’s fourth album as a leader, the release marks the group’s recording debut. Following a 2016 performance at The Whistler, as part of Relax Attack Jazz Series, Rogue Parade was approached by the Chicago club to present a month-long residency. The ensemble honed their sound by following this residency with an extensive Midwest tour, before heading into the studio to capture their collective energy on record. This nine-track collection explores Rogue Parade’s unique two guitar instrumentation and ultimately blends the sonic worlds of acoustic and electronic.
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|Vortex Jazz Club – London, UK
|Jimmy Glass – Valencia, ESP
|Festival Jazz International Rotterdam
|Festival Jazz Nijmegen
|Chamber Music and Jazz Series, Ripon College, WI
|Crosstown Arts/The Green Room, TN
|Gaslight Studio, MO