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....
- Field Notes by Doug Collette
“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...
Primary InstrumentOrgan, Hammond B3
Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students
Credentials/BackgroundWeekday times available, generally pretty flexible. $75 an hour. Willing to do sliding scale.