Mike Porter-Ward has been a professional bass player for many years and plays both the double bass and the bass guitar. He has been involved in many genres of music and has worked with many bands, from light orchestras to heavy rock and ranging from duos, trios, quartets, 6 piece jazz bands to big bands.
His forte and passion is jazz and has played with some wonderful musicians, including: Harry Connick Jnr, Scott Hamilton, Bobby Scott, Jim Mullen and Acker Bilk to name but a few.
He started playing double bass in Her Majesty’s Forces and went on to study with the Principal Bassist of the Midland Light Orchestra. Afterwards he went to London to study with the Principal Bassist of the Philharmonic at the Guildhall School of Music.
In London he has played in many West End shows including:”Godspell”, “Canterbury Tales” and “Hans Christian Anderson”. He has also toured both in the UK and abroad with artists like P J Proby, Tommy Steele, Anita Harris, Sandy Shaw and Harry Secombe. As stated earlier, Mike’s real love is jazz and this has led him to play in many clubs in London including the world-renowned Ronnie Scotts and others such as: Pizza on the Park, 121 Club, Mandrake Club etc. His discography is large and features many recordings with many great musicians such as: Bobby Scott (A Taste of Honey), David Essex, Tommy Steele and Marti Webb.
Mike has played all over the world and has worked in many wonderful venues. The Olympic Stadium Athens has probably been one of the grandest but he has also appeared at Windsor Castle, the Ruinart Champagne cellars in Rheims, Cork Jazz Festival, Isle of Man Jazz Festival and has worked on the P & O Ships.