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No less a jazz organ authority than the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has called Wil Blades “the future,” anointing him the heir apparent to “carry on the legend [and] the legacy of the organ, of the B-3.” Over the past twenty years, Blades has grown to be one of the most in-demand Hammond organ players, achieving international recognition. In 2017, Blades won Downbeat Magazine’s “Rising Star” critic’s poll for organ, after being nominated every year since 2006. Blades has performed and recorded with a who’s who of Jazz, Funk and Blues greats including John Lee Hooker, John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Terrace Martin, Idris Muhammad, Melvin Sparks, Joe Louis Walker, Donald Harrison Jr, Karl Denson, Charlie Hunter, Jason Marsalis, Adam Deitch, Stanton Moore and many more.
This trio features Bay Area legend Otis McDonald, a multi-instrumentalist producer, on drums and vocals, as well as young lion and SF Native, Kai Lyons on guitar.
Happy Hour 5pm – 6pm. Doors open at 6pm, shows begin at 7pm and 9pm.
Tickets: $25 per show
Students and IMA Members can purchase tickets for $15 in person for the 7pm and 9pm shows and may attend 11pm shows free of charge (with proof of valid ID).