Stansted Airport, Community Awards Ceremony
- 30th November
- 2nd November
- 25th-27th October
International Jazz Festival, Park Inn Palace
- 28th September
Hall, Nottinghamshire, Private Function
- 2nd August
Tea Club, Lauzan, Dordogne
- 27th July
Club, Lavergne, Dordogne
- 25th July
Goutil, Lamothe d'Ales, Lot et Garonne
- 3rd July
Hall, Closing Ceremony
JAZZ WEEK, The Hythe Imperial, Hythe, Kent.
ON THE PARK, Knightsbridge.
GILL WARD - vocals
Album Launch Special, featuring Splash Point Recording Star
Sue Richardson on vocals and trumpet
Neal Richardson - Piano, Andy Drudy (guitarist on Friends
Also starring Simon Balkham - piano and Dave Cooke - piano/producer
with Rob Webb - piano, Ed Pearson - bass & Richard Dray
Festival Cannes and Monte Carlo
ON THE PARK, Knightsbridge, London
US, Pasadena, California, USA
UK, Holborn, London
- recording new album
& Spanish Events
- Jazz Club de St. Pierre Lafeuille, Cahors, France
9th June- Chateau de Roussillon, Cahors, France
10th June- Le Casino, Saint Cere, France
11th June - Manoir d'Eyrignac, Salignac, Perigord, France
12th June - La Plage Verte, Figeac, France
15th June - Casino, Peralada, Costa Brava, Spain
17th June - Gran Palace, Lloret de Mar, Spain
18th June - Area de Cultura, de Palafrugell, Costa Brava,
19th June Cultural Centre, Limoges, France
Extravaganza All Day Event, Canvey Island
Holland - IBC Shows Music, TV & Film work
cafe, Amsterdam, Holland
Gouden Boom, Brugge, Belgium
Business Awards, Burgess Hall, Cambridge
Ward, with International Jazzers Nick Weldon, Jeff Clyne, Trevor
Tomkins and Special Guest - Peter King on Sax.
Jazz Club, Harding Elms Road, Crays Hill, Billericay.
Pearls, Westliff Hotel, Tuxedo Piano Bar.
10th Underground (Unterfahrt) Jazz Club, Einsteinstrasse October
11th Muffat Halle, Zellstrasse October 12th Brickhouse Club,
November New Morning Jazz Club, Rue Des Petites-Ecuries, 21st
November Le Caveau, Rue de la Huchette, 22nd November Le Duc,
Rue des Lombards,
*Gill Ward is now 'under management' of Sucre Services*
Gill Ward had a 2002 full of landmark events and with
the release of her long-awaited transatlantic album 'Piece Of Mind', 2003
is shaping up to be her most successful yet.
What sets her apart more than anything is her willingness
to embrace new material: from award winning composer Simon Balkham, singer
Brian Shaw and cornerstone of the UK music scene Dave Cooke to name but three.
Add on to this her own compositions and an extremely careful choice of
lesser-known standards, and it becomes obvious why Gill's live outings are
eagerly awaited by her loyal fanbase.
Gill was nominated for the Marion Montgomery Jazz Diva
Award in late 2002 and won through the regional heats to become one of the
6 national finalists to perform in the Isle of Wight Jazz Festival at Ventnor
working with International Jazz Musicians Nick Weldon, Jeff Clyne & Trevor
Tomkins. Gill says "I'm a very fortunate woman. I met Marion Montgomery last
year, and attended her last concert at Pizza on the Park, prior to her death.
Marion had a style and approach to jazz singing which I admire. She believed
in the importance of singing lyrics intelligently-telling the story in song.
For me the thrill is being acknowledged by eminent musicians
such as Laurie Holloway, (Marion's husband and one of the judges) there can
be no greater prize than someone you admire believing in your ability. I
had several conversations with Marion last year and she made a considerable
impact upon me. I admired her not only as a performer but also as a person.
I found her to be an exceptionally insightful woman, with a tremendous generosity
of spirit. The only disappointing thing from the Jazz Diva Event was that
Marion did not survive to see her hard work come to fruition.
A sell-out concert at the Hermit Club, Brentwood was
organised in September, and utilised
the talents of an all-star trio featuring Jeff Clyne on string
bass, Nick Weldon on piano and Trevor Tomkins on drums - plus singers Brian
Shaw and Jo Hendricks. It proved to be a winning formula and it is hoped
to repeat this success at a larger venue later this year
diary above... Gill had already enjoyed singing with Jo Hendricks
(see below) and Brian Shaw is a singer and writer whose talents Gill has
utilised on her latest CD, featuring his composition 'Tomato
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PULSE Music Festival
In April 2002, Gill was given the opportunity to join
in a live one-on-one with jazz singer Jo Hendricks at the Wolsey Studio in
Ipswich, as part of the PULSE festival, and was quick to accept. "I've admired
Jo's vocal stylings since I first heard her and love the contrast between
us - especially in the intimate space of the Wolsey Studio, with the clearly
audible audience following every breath, every note, every twist and turn
of melody and rhythm".