My livelihood depends on the kindness of people like you. Like artists through the ages, I devote my energies to the gift I have been given, and in turn, depend on the generosity of others who recognize the value of artists to the world and their own role as benefactors. We all need and support each other for a healthy world.
As a composer, my piano music is featured in an audiobook by award-winning author Nikki Grimes, and my musical scores for theatrical productions by author/director/storyteller Cora Alley are performed worldwide. I am currently collaborating with my talented brother, Drew Ward—a Lucie Arnaz Award-winning director/writer/poet—on a musical called Beyond This Point.
As a songwriter, my pop song, "Givin' Up Givin' Up", appears in all best-of collections by Grammy- and Dove Award-winning artist Bryan Duncan. I currently work with songwriters Kayte Deioma and Mark Piatelli in our songwriting collaborative project, Suddenly Flying, of Occasionally Preferred Partners.
I have played clarinet and lead alto sax in orchestras for Grammy-winning artists Natalie Cole, Llew Matthews, and Michael W. Smith; in my own bands, The BlackWood Jazz Combo, Rail City Jazz, and Jazz on a Stick; as a sideman for Chuck Ousley, the Dewdroppers, and others; and as clarinetist with the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band of Los Angeles. I love traveling, playing on the street, and other places where people cannot get out on their own to enjoy live music. I recently recorded the theme for Thirty Minutes, a film by Claire Elizabeth Terry, scored by Bruno Valenti, which has won numerous (over 30) prestigious film festival awards around the world.
After more than 30 years in LA and Orange County, I relocated to Southeast Idaho, where I live with my wife Pam and trusty adventure dog, Rusty. From my private studio, Red Sea Studio 22, I continue to compose and record music, rehearse, and Zoom with friends and family, musicians, and others around the globe.