The JWB (The James Ward Band)

The JWB (The James Ward Band)


The James Ward Band is a smooth mix of Contemporary Jazz. It's a combination of Jazz, Funk, Latin, Gospel, and a big dose of Soul, making it simply irresistable.


The James Ward Band was formed January of 1997 at The Blue Room located on 18th and Vine in Kansas City, MO. James, a native of Kansas City, attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he studied Tuba, and played Acoustic and Electric Bass in numerous bands while attending college. James’ experience, skill, and reputation as a Bass Player led him to opportunities to perform with greats throughout the years such as Marcus Roberts, Wycliffe Gordon, Nat Adderly, Mark Whitfield, Bobby Watson, Oleta Adams, John Cushon, Patti Austin, Jonathan Dubose, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Lisa Henry, Chris Barnett, Jackie Mills, Russell Malone, Marcus Printup, Peter Martin, Scotty Barnhart, and Will Matthews of the Count Basie Orchestra, Gospel Artists Dorinda Clark-Cole and Donald Lawrence, and a host of other artists. James toured South Africa with Oleta Adams and shared the stage with India Arie.

The James Ward Band is a Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz Band, whose show consists of a combination of Latin, R&B, Fusion, Funk, Jazz, and Gospel. On May 12, 2007, James released his debut album entitled "In Perspective", featuring members of the Band: Gerald Dunn on Saxophone who plays various styles also ranging from Contemporary and Traditional Jazz, Funk, and more; Andrew Ward on Drums who masters styles of music ranging from Gospel to Contemporary Jazz, and Fusion; Angie Ward on Keyboards who arranges, composes, and plays styles ranging from Jazz, Funk, Classical, and Gospel; Markel Clayton on Percussion who writes and plays styles of music ranging from Latin, R&B, Gospel, and Contemporary Jazz; and Travis Johnson on Guitar who plays anything ranging from screaming Rock Lead Guitar, Blues, Jazz, R&B, and Gospel. "In Perspective" is now #20 Nationwide on the Smooth Jazz Indie Chart and is receiving rave reviews.

"In Perspective" also features guest Jazz Luminaries John Cushon on Drums and Jonathan DuBose on Guitar.

The combination of these various styles from each musician is what makes the James Ward Band unique.

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On May 12, JWB released their first CD entitled “In Perspective”. It has received stunning reviews and is selling remarkably.

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes to an hour. We perform original compositions as well as some cover tunes such as Been So Long, Blue Bossa, Footprints, Chicago Song. We also perform Contemporary Versions of Jazz Standards, such as Impressions, Maiden Voyage, and So What.