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Countrified-Folkloric Gospel Jazz

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Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016

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Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

About Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

Multi-talented young veteran Brian Blade is widely respected in the jazz world, not only for his playing, but for his warm, generous personality. He is known as the drummer for many heroes of the music world, including Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Wayne Shorter, Seal, Bill Frisell, and Emmylou Harris. Blade is always searching for the balance that gives a song a personal story with an outward reaching resonance.

Among his many projects, he is drummer/composer/leader of Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, with whom he has released four albums. Blade, pianist John Cowherd, and bassist Chris Thomas have played together for over 20 years, and reedmen Myron Walden and Melvin Butler have played with the Fellowship since 2000. These long-term commitments make Fellowship shows more of a gathering of friends than a “concert.” And everyone is invited.

From about age nine to age thirteen, Brian played violin in the school orchestra and continued to play until following in the footsteps of his older brother, Brady l. Blade, Jr. who played the drums in the Zion church. During high school, both Brady, Jr. and Brian were students of Dorsey Summerfield, Jr. and performed as part of Dorsey’s professional group, the Polyphonics. During this time and through his experience with Mr. Summerfield, Brian began listening to the music of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Elvin Jones, and Joni Mitchell.

In 1988, Brian moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University. It was at this time that Brian would become friends with Jon Cowherd. Both Brian and Jon were able to study and play with most of the master musicians living in New Orleans, including: John Vidacovich, Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Bill Huntington, Mike Pellera, John Mahoney, George French, Germaine Bazzle, David Lee, Jr., Alvin Red Tyler, Tony Dagradi, Harold Battiste, and many inspiring musicians living and visiting New Orleans who helped Brian in his development.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“Its repertoire feels rooted in a deep emotional well where sacred abuts secular and jazz meets its Southern folk cousins. Sparks always seem to fly when it gathers…” – NPR

“Blending folkloric references, hints of church and spiritual concerns, jazz modality and countrified touchstones…” – All About Jazz