John Pope Quintet @ Fizzle – Review

“It was a tribute to Ward’s skills that he fitted in seamlessly, playing flawlessly during the ensemble sections and also impressing as a creative soloist on both alto sax and bass clarinet.”

“astonishingly nimble bass clarinet solo from the admirable Ward”

“Ward’s alto excursion combined fluency with incisiveness,”

“Ward delivered a blistering alto solo”


A lovely time was had by all

Spinningwork @ Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2021

Very excited at one of my first gig announcements for a while…!

This great quartet began rehearsing during lockdown using low-latency audio software JackTrip, with compositions by all the members:

Cath Roberts (Baritone Saxophone)
Tom Ward (Alto Saxophone)
Olie Brice (Double Bass)
Johnny Hunter (Drums)

Saturday 25th September
Doors: 8.00pm (Music Starts: 8.30pm)
Newcastle Arts Centre (The Black Swan Venue Space)

Spinningwork @ Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2021 tickets

Bebop Spoken Here Review

Vestiges review

Nice write-up, alongside a Stoney Lane trio.

“a collection of split tones, slurs and cries from Ward’s reeds keep the narratives barbed as well as brimming with ideas”

Imaginary Junction reviews!

“On Imaginary Junction, this quartet has managed to express itself in a way that stimulates both the conscious and subconscious minds. The result is an unusual and intriguing recording” s

“the quartet really convinces with free music in which experiment, subtlety and ingenuity are the most important factors” –