Brian Blade

Brian Blade
By Megan Holmes
Brian Blade
By Megan Holmes
(Left to Right:) Joshua Redman, Brian Blade & Sam Yahel
By Jimmy Katz
(L to R): Danilo Perez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
By Ronnie Wright
Brian Blade
By Jimmy Katz
Brian Blade
By Jimmy Katz
Brian Blade
By Jimmy Katz
Brian Blade performing with David Binney at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
By Melissa Mergner
David Binney, Brian Blade and Craig Taborn backstage at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
By Melissa Mergner
(l-r) Brian Blade, Christian McBride, BNY Mellon Jazz 2010 Living Legacy Award Recipient Roy Haynes, and Chick Corea. Photo by Valerie Russell
Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
By Marek Lazarski
Renee Rosnes interviews members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Danilo Pérez, Wayne Shorter, John Patitucci and Brian Blade) in session at Talk Tent at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
By Stuart Brinin
Brian Blade performing with Trilogy at the 2016 Pittsburgh Jazzlive Festival
By Stevie Murin
Drummer Brian Blade elevates Still Dreaming, a new tribute to Old and New Dreams, at the 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival
By Tomas Ovalle

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One of the most impressive and versatile drummers to emerge during the past two decades, Brian Blade is constantly in demand, which accounts for his wide variety of musical experiences. Blade was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1970. Growing up, he mostly heard gospel music and R&B before discovering Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He first played drums in public at church, when he was 13. When he was 17, Blade went to Loyola College in New Orleans, staying in the Crescent City for seven years. Although an anthropology major, he constantly heard music and was inspired and tutored by Ellis Marsalis, Johnny Vidacovich and Herlin Riley. Blade gained attention in the jazz world for his work as a member of the Joshua Redman Quartet for five years and with Brad Mehldau. He has also recorded with Kenny Garrett, Dianne Reeves, Darrell Grant, Kenny Werner, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, Danilo Perez, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marcus Printup, Bob Dylan (Time Out of Mind), Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell and Norah Jones. Blade has toured with Joshua Redman’s Elastic Band, the Wayne Shorter Quartet and Herbie Hancock’s Directions in Music group, which teamed him with Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove and John Patitucci. He also occasionally leads the Brian Blade Fellowship, a septet that recorded in 1998, 2000 and most recently for Verve.


Articles on Brian Blade

09/23/16    Concerts    By Andrew Gilbert

Review: Monterey Jazz Festival

11/26/15    Albums    By Mac Randall

Children of the Light
Perez Patitucci Blade

08/05/15    News    By JazzTimes

Pérez, Patitucci and Blade Announce Trio Album

03/24/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Circuit Rider
Ron Miles

06/12/14    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band

03/09/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Track from Brian Blade & the Fellowship Streaming

08/11/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz Tribute to Joni Mitchell Coming to Hollywood Bowl

10/13/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Earshot Jazz Festival Kicks Off in Seattle

December 2009    Albums    By Mike Joyce

John Patitucci Trio Remembrance

December 2009    Albums    By Mike Joyce

John Patitucci Trio Remembrance

Concerts    By Perry Tannenbaum

Savannah Music Festival 2009

04/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Documentary Explores Contemporary Jazz

03/23/09    Concerts    By Don Heckman

Corea-McLaughlin’s Five Peace Band at UCLA

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

12/12/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Wayne Shorter's 75th Birthday Celebration

10/02/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival

08/25/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

JVC Jazz Festival - Newport

May 2008    Albums    By David R. Adler

Season of Changes
Brian Blade Fellowship

May 2007    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Friendly Travelers
Wolfgang Muthspiel & Brian Blade

July/August 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Everybody Come Home

January/February 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

The Year in Gigs

06/19/05    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Wayne Shorter Quartet & Dave Holland Quintet in New York

05/17/05    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz Melbourne 05

05/02/04    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Bill Frisell Trio in New York

08/08/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Wayne Shorter Live in LA

07/08/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Jazz A Vienne 2003

December 2002    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

Joshua Redman, Sam Yahel & Brian Blade: Get Yer Ya Ya Out

10/29/02    Concerts    By Bill Shoemaker

San Francisco Jazz Festival 2002

10/26/02    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

06/30/02    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Directions In Music

12/07/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

"Made In America": An All-Star Jazz Benefit

07/03/01    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

2001 Vitoria-Gasteiz and San Sebastian Jazz Festivals

November 2000    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

The New Beats

November 2000    Features    By Greg Tate

Brian Blade: The Sharpest Blade

September 2000    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Brian Blade Fellowship

June 1998    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

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