1. Give the drummer some! The multi-talented young veteran Brian Blade has played alongside such musical luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Seal. “I don't think there's another drummer in jazz who plays with as refined a touch, dynamics and prismatic color as Blade does,” opined Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press. Blade makes his Paradise Jazz Series debut as a band leader.
2. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music. An active proponent of straight-ahead jazz, notably collaborating with Hank Jones ten years ago, Lovano will explore the rich history of mainstream jazz with his Classic Quartet.