"It’s a profoundly important band, and Blade is widely acknowledged as one of the top drummers in jazz. " — DownBeat
"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
Drummer and composer Brian Blade brings his incredible Fellowship Band return to the Jaqua Concert Hall on tour in support of their latest Blue Note album, Landmarks.
The Fellowship is Brian Blade (drums), Melvin Butler (soprano & tenor saxophones), Myron Walden (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Jon Cowherd (piano), and Chris Thomas (bass).
This concert is eligible for The Shedd's Free Shedd Jazz Student Ticket
program, which makes a limited number of free tickets to 2015-16 Shedd jazz concerts available to students elementary through college. The program is made possible by a grant from Chamber Music America
and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
. Contact The Shedd Ticket Office for information.
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, he 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. Blade 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 he 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.