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Brian Blade
Brian Blade
(born July 25, 1970) is an American jazz drummer, composer, session musician, and singer-songwriter.[1]


1 Biography

1.1 Early years 1.2 The Fellowship Band and sideman work 1.3 Singer-songwriter work

2 Honors 3 Equipment 4 Discography

4.1 As leader 4.2 As co-leader

4.2.1 Duo with Wolfgang Muthspiel 4.2.2 Trio with Wolfgang Muthspiel
Wolfgang Muthspiel
and Marc Johnson 4.2.3 Trio with Ron Miles
Ron Miles
and Bill Frisell 4.2.4 Trio with Chick Corea
Chick Corea
and Christian McBride 4.2.5 Trio with John Patitucci
John Patitucci
and Danilo Pérez

4.3 As sideman

4.3.1 With David Binney 4.3.2 With Kenny Garrett 4.3.3 With Darrell Grant 4.3.4 With Norah Jones 4.3.5 With Daniel Lanois 4.3.6 With Joni Mitchell 4.3.7 With Wolfgang Muthspiel 4.3.8 With John Patitucci 4.3.9 With Joshua Redman 4.3.10 With Wayne Shorter 4.3.11 With Edward Simon 4.3.12 With Mark Turner 4.3.13 With Kenny Werner 4.3.14 With others

5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Early years[edit]

Brian Blade
Brian Blade
in Aarhus, Denmark 2017 Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Blade was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. The first music he experienced was gospel and songs of praise at the Zion Baptist Church where his father, Brady L. Blade, Sr., has been the pastor for fifty-two years. In elementary school, music appreciation classes were an important part of his development and at age nine, he began playing the violin. Inspired by his older brother, Brady Blade, Jr., who had been the drummer at Zion Baptist Church, Brian shifted his focus to the drums throughout middle and high school.[2] During high school, while studying with Dorsey Summerfield, Jr., Blade began listening to the music of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Elvin Jones, and Joni Mitchell. By the age of eighteen, Brian moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University. From 1988 through 1993, he studied and played 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 and Harold Battiste.[2] The Fellowship Band and sideman work[edit] In 1997, Blade formed The Fellowship Band with pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Chris Thomas, saxophonists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, guitarist Jeff Parker, pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. The band released its debut album, Brian Blade Fellowship, in 1998, Perceptual in 2000, Season of Changes in 2008 and Landmarks in 2014. Reviewing the band's 2014 Landmarks album, John Kelman wrote:

As the Fellowship Band has grown, it has moved away from overt traditional references, even though they're an undercurrent throughout. Instead, as it explores milestones both inner and outer, Landmarks further speaks with the singular voice that the Fellowship Band has built upon since inception. Blending folkloric references, hints of church and spiritual concerns, jazz modality and countrified touchstones, Landmarks is the perfect name for Brian Blade
Brian Blade
& The Fellowship Band's fourth album; beyond its meaning to the group, it truly is yet another landmark recording in the core quintet's evolutionary travels. It may have come after a long gap in time, but that only makes it a wait all the more worthwhile.[3]

While continuing to work with the Fellowship Band, since 2000 Blade has also been a member of Wayne Shorter's quartet. He has also recorded with Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Ellis Marsalis, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, Billy Childs, Herbie Hancock, and Bob Dylan. Singer-songwriter work[edit] In 2009, Blade released Mama Rosa, his first album as a singer-songwriter, with songs dedicated to his grandmother and family. The album featured Daniel Lanois, vocalists Kelly Jones
Kelly Jones
and Daryl Johnson, bassist Chris Thomas, guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
and Geoffrey Moore, pedal steel guitarists Greg Leisz
Greg Leisz
and Patrick Smith, and pianists Aaron Embry
Aaron Embry
and Jon Cowherd. It was co-produced by Brian Blade and Adam Samuels.[4] The live band includes Steven Nistor on drums.[5] On April 30, 2016, Blade played at the White House
White House
in Washington, D.C., as part of The International Jazz
Day Global Concert.[6] Honors[edit]

2013: ECHO Jazz
Award "International Artist of the Year Drums/Percussion", for Quiver.[7]

Equipment[edit] Blade uses vintage Gretsch, Ludwig, Sonor
and Slingerland drums. He plays Canopus drums when touring in Japan. A pair of 1950s Zildjian very light rides and a modern 22" Light K Constantinople. His acoustic guitar is a mid-1950s Gibson LG-3. Discography[edit]

Blade at INNtöne Jazzfestival (de) 2006

As leader[edit]

1998: Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Fellowship (Blue Note) 2000: Perceptual (Blue Note) 2008: Season of Changes (Verve) 2009: Mama Rosa (Verve Forecast) 2014: Landmarks (Blue Note) 2017: Body and Shadow (Blue Note)

As co-leader[edit] Duo with Wolfgang Muthspiel[edit]

2007: Friendly Travelers (Material) 2008: Friendly Travelers Live (Material)

Trio with Wolfgang Muthspiel
Wolfgang Muthspiel
and Marc Johnson[edit]

2001: Real Book Stories (Quinton) 2004: Air, Love, and Vitamins (Quinton)

Trio with Ron Miles
Ron Miles
and Bill Frisell[edit]

2012: Quiver (Enja)

Trio with Chick Corea
Chick Corea
and Christian McBride[edit]

2013: Trilogy (Concord) ( Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Jazz
Instrumental Album)

Trio with John Patitucci
John Patitucci
and Danilo Pérez[edit]

2015: Children of the Light (Mack Avenue)

As sideman[edit] With David Binney[edit]

2001: South (ACT) 2004: Welcome to Life (Mythology) 2007: Océanos (Criss Cross) with Edward Simon 2009: Third Occasion (Mythology) 2011: Graylen Epicenter (Mythology)

With Kenny Garrett[edit]

1992: Black Hope (Warner Bros.) 1995: Triology (Warner Bros.) 1996: Pursuance: Music of John Coltrane
John Coltrane
(Warner Bros.) 2006: Beyond the Wall (Nonesuch)

With Darrell Grant[edit]

1994: Black Art (Criss Cross) 1995: The New Bop (Criss Cross) 1999: Smokin' Java (Lair Hill) 2007: Truth and Reconciliation (Origin)

With Norah Jones[edit]

2002: Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me
(Blue Note) 2004: Feels Like Home (Blue Note) 2016: Day Breaks
Day Breaks
(Blue Note)

With Daniel Lanois[edit]

2003: Shine (Anti-) 2004: Rockets (self-released) 2005: Belladonna (Anti-) 2008: Here Is What Is
Here Is What Is
(Red Floor) 2010: Black Dub (Red Ink) 2014: Flesh And Machine (Anti-)

With Joni Mitchell[edit]

1998: Painting with Words and Music (DVD, Eagle Rock) 1998: Taming the Tiger
Taming the Tiger
(Reprise) 2002: Travelogue (Nonesuch) 2007: Shine (Hear Music)

With Wolfgang Muthspiel[edit]

2003: Real Book Stories (Quinton) 2014: Driftwood
(ECM) 2016: Rising Grace
Rising Grace

With John Patitucci[edit]

2001: Communion (Concord) 2003: Songs, Stories & Spirituals (Concord) 2006: Line by Line (JVC Victor/Concord) 2009: Remembrance (Concord) 2014: Viva Hermeto! (Borandá)[8]

With Joshua Redman[edit]

1994: MoodSwing (Warner Bros.) 1995: Spirit of the Moment – Live at the Village Vanguard
Spirit of the Moment – Live at the Village Vanguard
(Warner Bros.) 1996: Freedom in the Groove
Freedom in the Groove
(Warner Bros.) 1998: Timeless Tales (for changing times)
Timeless Tales (for changing times)
(Warner Bros.) 2002 Yaya3 (Loma) 2002: Elastic (Warner Bros.) with Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
Elastic Band 2005: Momentum (Nonesuch) 2007: Back East
Back East
(Nonesuch) 2009: Compass (Nonesuch) 2013: Walking Shadows
Walking Shadows

With Wayne Shorter[edit]

2002: Footprints Live! (Verve) 2003: Alegria (Verve) 2005: Beyond the Sound Barrier
Beyond the Sound Barrier
(Verve) 2013: Without a Net (Blue Note)

With Edward Simon[edit]

2006: Unicity (CAM Jazz) 2009: Poesia (Cam Jazz) 2013: Trio Live in New York (Sunnyside)

With Mark Turner[edit]

1998: In This World (Warner Bros.) 2000: Ballad Session (Warner Bros.)

With Kenny Werner[edit]

2006: Democracy (Half Note) 2007: Lawn Chair Society (Blue Note)

With others[edit]

1995: Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
- Introducing Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
(Warner) 1995: Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
- Wrecking Ball (Elektra) 1995: Steve Masakowski
Steve Masakowski
- Direct Axecess (Blue Note) 1995: Jane Siberry
Jane Siberry
- Maria (Reprise) 1996: Bob James Trio - Straight Up (Warner Bros.) 1997: Steve Earle
Steve Earle
- "El Corazón" (Warner Bros.) 1997: Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
- Time Out of Mind (Columbia) 1998: David Berkman - Handmade (Palmetto) 1998: Ryan Kisor - Battle Cry (Criss Cross) 1999: Dianne Reeves
Dianne Reeves
- Bridges (Blue Note) 1999: Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach, Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell
- (The Sweetest Punch (Verve) 2000: Marianne Faithfull
Marianne Faithfull
- Vagabond Ways
Vagabond Ways
(Instinct) 2000: Rebekka Bakken
Rebekka Bakken
and Wolfgang Muthspiel
Wolfgang Muthspiel
- Daily Mirror (Material) 2001: Chris Potter - Gratitude (Verve) 2001: Ralph Bowen - Soul Proprietor (Criss Cross) 2001: Rick Margitza
Rick Margitza
- Memento (Palmetto) 2001: Joe Henry
Joe Henry
- Scar (Mammoth) 2002: Joel Weiskopf - Change in My Life (Criss Cross) 2002: David Berkman - Leaving Home (Palmetto Records) 2002: Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
- American Dreams (Verve) 2002: Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
- Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall
Massey Hall
(Verve) 2003: Danilo Pérez
Danilo Pérez
- ...Till Then (Verve) 2003: Lizz Wright
Lizz Wright
- Salt (Verve) 2004: Helen Sung - Push ( Fresh Sound New Talent) 2005: Tim Ries - The Rolling Stones Project (Concord) 2006: Bob Lanois - Snake Road (Cordova Bay) 2006: Mike Holober
Mike Holober
- Wish List (Sons of Sound) 2007: Debbie Deane - Grove House (RKM Music) 2007: Sam Yahel - Truth and Beauty (Origin) 2008: Alyssa Graham - Echo (Sunnyside) 2008: Rebecca Martin
Rebecca Martin
- The Growing Season (Sunnyside) 2010: Scott Colley
Scott Colley
- Empire (Cam Jazz) 2011: John Scofield
John Scofield
- A Moment's Peace
A Moment's Peace
(Emarcy) 2011: Laura Veirs
Laura Veirs
- Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs
Laura Veirs
Sings Folk Songs for Children (Bella Union) 2012: Beth Orton
Beth Orton
- Sugaring Season
Sugaring Season
(Anti-) 2012: Rolf and Joachim Kühn
Joachim Kühn
Quartet - Lifeline (Boutique) 2012: Davy Mooney - Perrier Street (Sunnyside) 2012: Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz
Revival Band - Ubuntu (SMartist) 2012: Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
- All Fall Down (Nonesuch) 2013: Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
Ghost on Ghost
(4AD) 2013: Laura Veirs
Laura Veirs
- Warp and Weft (Bella Union) 2013: Aga Zaryan
Aga Zaryan
- Remembering Nina & Abbey (Parlophone) 2013: Jon Cowherd - Mercy (ArtistShare) 2013: Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Trio - Trilogy (Concord) 2014: Antonio Sánchez - Birdman (Milan) 2014: Billy Childs - Map to the treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Records) [9] 2014: Jenny Scheinman
Jenny Scheinman
- The Littlest Prisoner (Sony Masterworks) 2014: Sarah McLachlan
Sarah McLachlan
- Shine On (Verve) 2015: Joe Jackson - Fast Forward (Caroline) 2015: Joel Harrison
Joel Harrison
5 - Spirit House (Whirlwind)


^ Thomas, Stephen. "Allmusic biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011.  ^ a b "Official site – biography". Brianblade.com. July 25, 1970. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011.  ^ Kelman, John. " Brian Blade
Brian Blade
& The Fellowship Band: Landmarks". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved April 14, 2015.  ^ Jurek, Thom (April 21, 2009). "Allmusic review – Mama Rosa". Allmusic.com. Retrieved October 6, 2011.  ^ "February 2012 Issue of Modern Drummer". Moderndrummer.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.  ^ "International Jazz
Day". jazzday.com. Retrieved October 25, 2016.  ^ "German ECHO JAZZ 2013 Winners Announced". Londonj Jazz
News. Retrieved September 6, 2013.  ^ "André Marques". Boranda.com.br. Retrieved 2017-07-21.  ^ Matt Collar (2014-09-09). "Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro - Billy Childs Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 

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