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Steve Lehman edged out Wadada Leo Smith for the top spot in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.
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December 19, 2014 We had 140 jazz journalists weigh in on their favorite releases of the year. Here are their top overall picks, with top finishers in Latin jazz, vocal, debut and historical categories.
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. L-R: Blade, Myron Walden, Melvin Butler, Chris Thomas, Jon Cowherd.
August 14, 2014 We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.
June 30, 2014 A selection of 25 deep, joyful, rewarding albums from every genre, out of every corner of the world, from the first six months months of 2014, picked by NPR Music.
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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band's new album, Landmarks, comes out April 29.
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April 20, 2014 One of the world's best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It's all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.
Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, Trixie Whitley and Daryl Johnson perform as Black Dub.
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October 24, 2010 With his new project, Black Dub, Lanois brings together a deeply connected collective of musicians. Renowned Louisiana bass player Daryl Johnson and New Orleans virtuoso drummer Brian Blade are longtime Lanois collaborators, while young Trixie Whitley, provides the spiritual continuum.
Dave Brubeck is the most-featured artist of all time at the Newport Jazz Festival.
August 11, 2009 Last weekend's festival packed in a dizzying array of talent, all performing in the span of 32 hours. We listened closely to as much of it as we could and picked five of the best songs — though certainly only a tiny sampling of the greatest moments — from our recordings.
Brian Blade performs at Newport Jazz.
August 9, 2009 One of the world's great drummers took an opportunity to exhibit his own colorful ensemble live at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.
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January 22, 2009 Brian Blade, a reed of a man, sits up straight at his drums, lifting a shoulder. Born in 1970 in Shreveport, La., his father has been the pastor of the Zion Baptist Church there for almost 50 years. The dedication that started in church has expanded in the Fellowship Band, which plays a second set from the Village Vanguard.
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July 2, 2008 Some of his best friend musicians call him Tooch. The extraordinary bassist John Patitucci comes to the stage at the KC Jazz Club in Washington, D.C., where an array of basses, guitars and drums await his tuned-in trio with Larry Koonse and Brian Blade. They're playing music from Patitucci's album, Line by Line.
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June 18, 2008 Widely recognized as one of the finest drummers in modern jazz — or in all of popular music, for that matter — Blade leads his celebrated Fellowship Band, fresh off their first recording in years.
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