Ballads Blues & Cocktails
Two time Grammy Award winning Musical artist Ken Ard has already had a 20-year winning streak in New York, performing in the original casts of some of the most successful shows in musical theater history, i.e., "Smokey Joe's Cafe", "Cats", "Starlight Express", and "Jelly's Last Jam". He now lends his warm, impeccable baritone to the American songbook, singing the swinging standards that are beloved all over the world. He has performed with Patti Labelle in Geoffrey Holder's revival of House of Flowers, Gregory Hines in George C Wolfe's Broadway musical smash hit, Jelly's Last Jam, As well as Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight, Gloria Gaynor, and The legendary Jon Hendricks in his ground breaking musical revue 'The Evolution Of The Blues' in San Francisco's historical Golden Gate Theater, Just to name a few. Ken also appears in the 2002 Best Picture Oscar winning cinematic version of ' Chicago ' for Miramax Pictures, as 'Wilbur staring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifa. In 2008, Ken recorded his first solo CD, 'Ballads, Blues, & Cocktails', with his jammin' trio, "The Incredibles", as well as featured performances from some of Europe's most noteworthy jazz musicians. 'I hope you enjoy this CD as much as I did Making it.' Ken Ard Ken's Reviews: "With a smooth baritone voice Ken Ard sings with star-powered vocals" Larry Flick Billboard Magazize USA "Mr. Ard emulates and evokes all the great baritones of the Jazz era without imitating them." Richard Christianson Chicago Tribune? "Ken Ard was born to be an entertainer, he radiates and mesmerizes." Daily Varity "Ard is a gem of an entertainer with a husky sultry voice. ? Crooning with breathless brilliance, his velvet-toned voice reminiscent of Nat King Cole's is a real Crowd-pleaser.?Taking command of the stage Mr. Ard creates a panorama of big city life. All I want to know is, when is Ken Ard coming back for his next show?" The morning call Newspaper Theater review "Ken Ard is breathtaking; he rises above the ordinary, bringing out all the passion and wistful essence in a love song. ?As difficult as it is to cover a classic, Ard is Fantastic. " Ann Gerber ? Syndicated Best Bets column 'Gary and I both like Ken's CD. Gary Walker the station music director added it right away and it's on the new shelf for everyone to play', Michael Borune Station Host WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM.