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The Fellowship Band tonight at The Vanguard

April 8, 2011

In 1998, Brian Blade formed Brian Blade Fellowship with pianist Jon Cowherd. Also joining the group were saxophonists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, pedal steel Guitarist Dave Easley, and bassist Chris Thomas. This group released their self-titled debut album before adding guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel for 1999’s Perceptual. Easley then departed before 2008’s Season of Changes, which was released under the name Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band.
While continuing to work with the Fellowship Band, Blade has been a member of Wayne Shorter’s most recent quartet. He has continued working as a studio musician and has recorded with Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell, Ellis Marsalis, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Dorothy Scott, Billy Childs, Chris Potter and David Binney. He has also played with Herbie Hancock and has been involved with guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel in the duo Friendly Travelers, who released their self-titled debut album in 2007. Recently, he has teamed up with Trixie Whitley (daughter of Chris Whitley, Daniel Lanois, and others in the band Black Dub.

Check out The Fellowship Band tonight at The Village Vanguard.

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