TIM BALLARD (1948-2009) is a jazz master (vocal, saxophone, piano) whose career has spanned four decades and entertained audiences on a countless volume of music in many genres, including classic jazz, smooth jazz, soul, R&B (including Motown), rock, and standards. A 15-year veteran of the Las Vegas music scene, Tim's name has graced many major hotel and casino billboards, such as Bally's, Mandalay Bay, Caesar's Palace, the Bellagio, Flamingo Hilton, the historic Desert Inn, and the MGM Grand. Tim was also the mainstage draw at the former Hotel San Remo for the majority of those years.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas in 1992, Tim's music was an integral part of the Dallas jazz scene for over a decade, allowing him to collaborate with producer Dave Zoller and great jazz pianist and trombonist Randy Wensel. Tim also owned and operated his own successful jazz nightclub, 'Tim Ballard's', and featured local jazz combos, smooth artists, vocalists, and even fronted a 17-piece big band as vocalist himself.
Regarding radio play, Tim is currently enjoying regular rotations of several selections of 'Easy Does It' on RadioIO.com's "Vocal Jazz" station, hosted by Dr. Mike Matheny, world Smooth Jazz giant - SmoothJazz.com, several Live365 independent jazz stations ("Rhythm and Jazz", "I Love Jazz", "Easy Memories"), IndieShowcase on AwesomeRadio.net, Chicago's "MaddRadio.com", Cedar Rapids' KCCK 88.1 FM, Auckland's "GeorgeJazz", and more.
Finally, Tim was also voted Best Jazz Vocalist for three years' running in the Dallas 'Spotlight Magazine' reader's poll and was featured on the cover of the prominent jazz magazine 'Texas Jazz'. He has released two solo albums, 'Singing Positive to the People' and now 'Easy Does It'. Sadly, Tim passed from lung cancer in 2009, but his spirit lives on in his music.
Please visit Tim's agency page, TIMKAT Entertainment, Inc, at http://MySpace.com/TimKatEnt for more information, or write to TimKatEnt@Gmail.com. Thank you for stopping by and please enjoy the album!
Listener Reviews are very much welcomed and appreciated.
'Easy Does It'
Recorded at BIG TIME AUDIO Studios in Dallas, Texas in 1991, vocalist Tim Ballard's 'Easy Does It' is a superbly-crafted tribute to jazz favorites from the Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and many other songbooks.
With an all-star ensemble of excellent Dallas musicians, Tim weaves heart and soul into each beautiful arrangement, produced by Dave Zoller.
MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS AND PRODUCTION:
Steve Browne and Alan Accardi
Dave Zoller and Randy Wensel
DIGITAL EDITING and TRANSFER:
John Adams (Acoustic and Electric Basses); Dan Wojciechowski and Bobby Breaux (Drums); Randy Wensel (Acoustic Piano, Synthesizer, Trombone); Dave Zoller (Acoustic Piano, Synthesizer); Warren White (Percussion); Marshall Head (Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax); Pete Brewer (Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor Sax); Rod Booth and Ron Lawrence (Trumpet and Fluegelhorn); Joe Lee (Acoustic Guitar)
(TIMKAT Catalogue #: TK0001)