Bill Ward is one of the most versatile piano, organ, keyboard players in the Charlotte Area. His talent is seasoned with many years of experience in New York and Charlotte in the roles of Jazz and Classical pianist, Pipe Organist, and Hammond Organist (gospel and jazz), musician for Receptions/Luncheons and other Special events, Experienced in Jewish and Christian services.
Bill is a graduate of Indiana University Music School, and is currently Organist for Temple Beth-El , Music Director/Organist for First Baptist West ,and Co Music Director/Organist for East Stonewall AME Zion Church. His musicianship has been featured solo articles in the Charlotte Observer newspaper, and, Southern Living magazine.
When you hire Bill Ward, He can perform all traditional classical wedding selections on Pipe Organ, then become the “cocktail” hour pianist, or lead a Hammond organ or piano trio playing ballads, jazz standards, Smooth Jazz and R&B selections at your reception/special event. He has the latest portable “ Hammond Organ” and contemporary keyboards to bring the “sound” and the proper mood you’re looking for. He has released 2 CD’S, ALL IN ONE (smooth jazz), and SUNDAY AFTERNOON (gospel/jazz).
SAMPLE SELECTIONS – JAZZ/R&B:
All the Things You Are, Satin Doll, I Can’t Get Started, Green Dolphin, Summer Time
Song For My Father, Someday My Prince Will Come , Bluesette, Confirmation
Killer Joe, Respect ,Brick House, Fly Me to The Moon, Watermelon Man, Celebration
All of Me, Misty, Prayer Meeting, Sugar, Caught Up in the Rapture, Sweet Love,
I’m Still in Love With You, Close to You, Always and Forever,Gypsy Woman
The Way You Do the Things You Do ,My Girl, Poppa’s Got A Brand New Bag,
I Feel Good, What’s Going On, I Think I’m Going Out of My Head
SAMPLE SELECTIONS – for WEDDINGS – PIPE ORGAN:
Air from ‘Water Music’, Air on the G String, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus ,Trumpet Tune and Air, Trumpet Voluntary, Winter from ‘The Four Season’, Sheep May Safely Graze, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Canon in D, Ode to Joy, Bridal March
References available on request.