Ken Ard | Ballads, Blues & Cocktails

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Ballads, Blues & Cocktails

by Ken Ard

Lending his warm, impeccable baritone to the American songbook, singing swinging standards and ballads, this artist along with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum, and Diana Krall, makes it cool to listen to jazz again.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Baltimore Oriole
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2. Don't Explain
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3. My Funny Valentine
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4. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
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5. Here's That Rainy Day
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6. Round Midnight
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7. Slow Hot Wind
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8. Sunday In New York
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9. Never Let Me Go
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10. The End Of A Love Affair
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11. No Moon At All
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12. Everything Must Change
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13. Route 66
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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


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Paula Hayward

Ballads Blues & Cocktails
What a great album is this, Highly recommended by me, (who the hell am I) Ken is a real great singer!
Buy it, an A***** album

Carole Hayes

Ken Ard...Hidden Treasure
I stumbled on this disc by accident, but a very happy one. Ken Ard has given us a great disc with terrific numbers, wonderful backing and his beautiful, warm voice reminiscent of Johnny Hartman. I liked it so much I not only bought the disc to play on Shoalhaven FM community radio, I am buying another copy for my daughter. Great value, with thirteen tracks, the best being, Baltimore Oriole, Here's That Rainy Day and Slow Hot Wind, another great buy from CDBaby.

Paul Feinstein

Ballads Blues & Cocktails a BLAST!!!!
This such a great performer, I know Ken from all his Broadway productions and are amazed now with the new direction he took the Jazz.
He is the new male master of vocal Jazz for me.
Thank you for making this wonderful CD.
I will go and see you in the Metropolitanroom in March (the 23Th)and I am very exited about that!!
Paul Feinstein, New York City

Paul Warner

Ballads Blues & Cocktails a Blast!!
Recently I saw Ken Ard in a live performance in Club Panama in Amsterdam, what an artist.......
This guy knows how to make an evening work!
Directly bought his CD, just loooove it.
Such a warm and relaxing CD, highly recommendable.

Adrian Bailey

Real easy listening
I love the old standards. Ken Ard took them and made them fresh again. His vocals are smooth and classy, not to mention exciting musical arrangements.