Born: August 25, 1979
From cookin’ with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, young Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the country. In 2007 and 2008, he was named in the Downbeat critics poll under “Rising Star” for organ. For the past several years, Wil has been wowing Bay Area audiences with groups such as “O.G.D.,” “Motherbug”, “Amendola Vs. Blades”, “Steppin’.” In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others....
“Yeah, he does it...he’s on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the
legacy of the
organ, [of] the B-3.”
-Dr. Lonnie Smith
Pioneer and Legend of the Hammond B-3 Organ
That boy's cookin'! That boy's cookin'!
John Lee Hooker
Wil Blades is already a legend on the Hammond B-3 organ...On his debut album, Sketchy, released in August on Doodlin' Records, Blades showcases a smooth, funky sound that recalls heroes like Jimmy Smith without being slavishly derivative. Apparently, Blades' time spent in combos with Scott Amendola, Wil Bernard, and Idris Muhammad has taught him well.
- SF Weekly
Here's a young Jazz Organist that every one should know about...Wil
has so much goin' on with the Hammond B-3, it's hard to believe he's
not fifty years old...His organ playing has leaped him into the ranks
KSUP 88.9FM , Santa Cruz, CA ...and Wil Blades fingering a - yes! - Hammond B-3 organ. Blades keeps everything funky and jet-set cool, turning in consistently great lines and more than a few solid solos on the Hammond.
All About Jazz.com This Young Lion has committed his talent to the Hammond B-3 organ...He knows what's what and delivers...He's happening and is very serious about his music.
Afrikahn Jamal Dayvs
Jazzline Radio and TV
KKUP 91.5FM , Santa Clara, CA
The blues via Wil Blades and the Hammond B3 live on strong in the bay area
experience extends beyond his years as he takes you on a rare jazz organ
leaves you with that good clean feeling inside. Well at least that is the way I
feel. I can't get
enough. I've seen a few great organists and Wil stands with them. I appreciate
this art form alive.
“Wil Blades has emerged in recent years as a highly resourceful Hammond B- 3 player looking to expand the possibilities of his instrument. He’s always worth a listen.”
“Blades’ able handling of the foot pedals and lefty bass lines frees his right hand to venture into some seriously groovy territory…when extensive exploration is warranted, Blades can dig in with confidence.”
-Mike E. Splain
Good Times Weekly, Santa Cruz
Wil Blades is the Old Soul of the band and as is often the case with old souls, the youngest member of the (Fil Lorenz) Soul-tet. His Organ playing on Stinky Stinky is uncannily authentic and fresh.
“Wil Blades may be a younger player on the Hammond, but he hits the organ
like a seasoned pro from the Soul Jazz years of the 60’s! Blades sound is
clean and fluid, soaring with clean lines sometimes, hitting more skittish
funky rhythms at others.”
“Wil Blades has to be one of the most promising cats on the music scene
today. His pulsating, hard groovin’ style on the Hammond B-3 is reminiscent
of many great players, but with a flair that is distinctly his own.”
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Organ, Hammond B3
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Weekday times available, generally pretty flexible. $75 an hour. Willing to do sliding scale.