Mama Rosa, as well as new tunes that Brian has not yet recorded," said Lane Bayliss of the impromptu gigs he's playing in Shreveport with jazz luminary Brian Blade.
Blade is one of the most accomplished drummers in the world. He has recorded and performed with Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Bob Dylan.
Raised in the Stoner Hill neighborhood, Blade is the son of luminous Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. After graduating from Caddo Magnet High, Blade absorbed Loyola the music of New Orleans while attending Loyola U. In NYC his radiant personality and skill as a drummer and composer have resulted in 3 of his own jazz albums and sparkling reviews in the NY Times.
Now he has discovered his full voice. Blade is singing, playing guitar and fronting the band - in his modest way. He is a heart-breakingly sincere and melodic artist. Sounds a bit like Neil Young, actually.
He will be accompanied by singer Monica Mickle, bassist Shawn Stroope, guitarist Mark Griffith as well as drummer Bayliss.
Listen to Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band at Newport Jazz Fest 09.
The Shreveport group will perform after Buddy Flett's solo gig, said Bayliss.
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