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Brian Blade

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Brian Blade
& The Fellowship Band

Friday, June 17, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Landmarks Series: Robert N. Miner Auditorium  

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Drummer and composer Brian Blade brings back his incredible Fellowship Band, performing new material and songs from his rich discography including his masterful 2014 Blue Note album, Landmarks. Easily one of the most versatile and soulful musicians in jazz, Blade grew up as the son of a Baptist pastor in Shreveport, Louisiana and was immersed in gospel music from his birth, taking inspiration from his older brother Brady, an acclaimed drummer in his own right. At 18, Brian moved to New Orleans for studies at Loyola, and became fully integrated into the jazz scene there, studying and performing with Crescent City stars including Ellis Marsalis, Johnny Vidacovich and Harold Battiste. He formed the Fellowship in 1997 with pianist and fellow Loyola student Jon Cowherd, and with a largely stable lineup, they have released four increasingly accomplished sessions for Blue Note. As Blade was developing his own musical identity as a bandleader, he became an increasingly in-demand sideman and band member, cultivating long-term associations with Joshua Redman, Joni Mitchell, Kenny Garrett, Edward Simon, Daniel Lanois, and others. In 2000, Blade began his most visible and fruitful partnership as a member of jazz legend Wayne Shorter’s all-star quartet, touring the world and recording four albums with the saxophonist, including the GRAMMY-winning 2013 release, Without a Net. Most recently, Blade won a GRAMMY as part of the Chick Corea trio and formed a new project with his Shorter quartet bandmates Danilo Perez and John Patitucci called Children of the Light. Their self-titled Mack Avenue debut album was released last year.

Artist Personnel

Brian Blade drums
Melvin Butler soprano & tenor saxophones
Myron Walden alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Jon Cowherd piano
Chris Thomas bass

Artist Website

"Post-bop sophistication is gently sifted through layers of gospel, country, folk and soul, with the implicit aim of balancing intellect against emotion. And it works. " — The New York Times
"It’s a profoundly important band, and Blade is widely acknowledged as one of the top drummers in jazz. " — DownBeat