NIU Music Alum's Recording Earns #1 Ranking

Greg Ward, who earned his B.M degree from the NIU School of Music in 2004, has been making headlines with his recent CD release entitled "South Side Story," under the name Greg Ward's Fitted Shards.

Howard Reich, the noted jazz critic of the Chicago Tribune, named Greg's recording the #1 most memorable jazz recording of 2010! You can read Howard's full listing here.

Ben Ratliff, reviewer for the New York Times, called Greg's playing " of the best things I've heard on record this year."

Neil Tesser, jazz critic for Playboy magazine, Jazziz magazine, and contributor to Jazz Times, said "Ward has moved from talented newbie to forceful younger statesman as his mercurial styles goes from liquid to edgy."

Congratulations, Greg!

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