Ruckus are an improvising group playing original music by guitarist DAVID WARD, as well as selected delicacies from the jazz tradition. Long marinated in such juices as Monk, Coleman, Mingus, Lacy, Zappa and Frisell, David writes music that is melodic, humourous, rhythmic and joyous. From twisted tango and carnivalesque romps to disheveled swing and free tunes,
this group agrees with Frank:jazz ain't dead, it just smells funny.
“A metaphor for the vibrancy of the NZ Jazz Scene” - Jazz Local32
DAVID WARD - Guitar
CHRIS O'CONNOR - Drums
EAMON EDMUNDSON WELLS- Double Bass
JEFF HENDERSON - Reeds
CAM ALLEN - Saxophones
JOHN BELL - Vibraphone
NEIL WATSON - Pedal Steel
J Y LEE - Saxophones
TRISTAN DECK - Drums
Since 2011 Ruckus has gigged regularly around Auckland, at venues such as Creative Jazz Club Aoteoroa, Anthology Lounge, Summer In The Square, Golden Dawn, Hallertau, Audio Foundation, Browne St, Cupid Bar, Portland Public House, Citizen Q, Auckland Racing Club, The Riverhead, Deep Creek Brewbar.