Ken Ard: THAT THING CALLED LOVE
Ken Ard (vocals) & Mark Berman (piano)
These six simple words, (love makes the world go round) may sound like a catch phrase or a song lyric however truer words have never been spoken.
There are many different levels, degrees and types of love but the one love being explored this evening is the one mankind has evolved to place the most importance on, the kind that has caused wars and and brought down civilizations, the kind that connects us all and makes us human.
The Romantic Kind.
So get ready, cause Love Is In The Air
The Men Of Broadway
A Cabaret Benefit
"It was Ken Ards master class in vocals and performing that was the highlight of the evening. A slight man with an understated charm, Ard took off his glasses at the beginning of Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk/Bernie Hanighen) and let loose in a jazz vocal that was at times playful, others showy, but always appropriate. He became the embodiment of the moody nature of the piece and negotiated working the audience and working the musical phrases with a virtuosity rarely seen.
If theater cabarets tend to be hit or miss, this one was definitely a hit and hopefully inspires others to bring on the same."
Reviewed by Randolph B. Eigenbrode for Cabaret Scene Magazine
Ken Ard is an American dancer, choreographer, actor and singer.
Born in Oakland, California in 1960, he grew up in a home visited by a large number of jazz greats. Joe Williams was a personal friend of his father, while bassist Paul Chambers his uncle, Carmen McRae a close friend of his aunt.
His mother exposed him to jazz through frequent visits to musical venues in San Francisco and Oakland. Ard also proved to be an especially good gymnast, winning the California youth gymnastics championship at 16.
At the age of 17, dancing at the Oakland and San Francisco Ballet,performed with Jon Hendricks of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross in the show, Evolution of the Blues, at the historical Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco.
Ken created principle roles on Broadway in the original companies of Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Jelly's Last Jam and Smokey Joe's Cafe.
As an actor Ken played the role of Wilbur as one of the murdered husbands in the Film Chicago (2002 film), with Anthony Quinn the European cultfilm Seven Servants.
Ken spent a little over a decade in Europe and has collaborated with many of Europes notable jazz artists. The beginning of 2009 marked the release of Ballads, Blues & Cocktails, his debut Jazz CD available on iTunes, Spotify and CDBaby.com Ken has toured and performed all over Europe,
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