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Hammond B-3 Summit featuring Will Blades Trio and Joe Doria Trio
The Olympia Ballroom
Olympia, WA
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Hammond B-3 Summit featuring Will Blades Trio and Joe Doria Trio
From cookin' with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, 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 internationally. He has been named "Rising Star" for organ in the Downbeat critics poll every year since 2006. Wil has been wowing audiences with groups such as "O.G.D.," "Amendola Vs. Blades", "Stanton Moore Trio", "Steppin" and Billy Martin Wil Blades Duo". In 2007 Blades released his much anticipated debut record, "Sketchy", on Doodlin' Records. 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, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.

Born in 1979, Wil began playing drums at the age of 8, guitar at 13, and then found his true calling on Hammond B-3 at 19. While studying Jazz at New College of California with bassist Herbie Lewis, Wil landed weekly gigs at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Barely of legal age, veteran musicians, such as trumpeter Oscar Myers, took him under their wings. Being self-taught on organ, the weekly gigs proved to be the best lessons of all. In the years since, Wil has received tutelage from Jazz Organ master, Dr. Lonnie Smith. "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."

Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and "Groove" Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. In Wil's words, "I feel indebted to the tradition and masters of the Hammond Organ, but while trying to keep it going, I'm also focused on bringing my contemporary influences to the table." His playing is rhythmic, funky and bluesy, yet his original compositions are harmonically intriguing and unique.

Wil currently leads his own groups around the San Francisco Bay Area, tours internationally and is dedicating his time to teaching the Hammond B-3 Organ privately. Current musical collaborations include groups with guitarist Will Bernard, Stanton Moore Trio and two different duo projects with drummers Scott Amendola and Billy Martin. Billy Martin and Wil Blades Duo debut record, "Shimmy", is now out on Amulet/Royal Potato Family Records.

"NW raised JOE DORIA has been composing and performing on Hammond Organ, piano, and varied vintage keys/synths since the 90s. Steeped in Hammond tradition studying the giants of the instrument he also never limits himself to one style and can be seen working with new projects often. Featured in numerous bands and CD's, audiences are dazed with his ability to comp both the bass lines and the chordal structure of a song, while at the same time adding depth and dimension to every song he performs. At home and in touch with the Hammond, knowing the instrument and it's history so well as to make it sing in any situation."

"McTuff". featuring Andy Coe, Tarik Abouzied,
"Spellbinder" feat. world renowned drummer, Michael Shrieve of Santana.
"The Joe Doria Trio" feat the area's best artists such as drummer Byron Vannoy and guitarist Chris Spencer.
"Too Slim and The Tailgraggers" feat Tim Langford
"BMG" (feat. drummer "Barrett Martin" of The Screaming Trees)
"The Yadda Yadda Blues Band" (feat Milky Burgess of Master Musicians of Bukkake)
"Last Mile" (feat trumpeter Dave Carter (Zony Mash), D'vonne Lewis (Industrial Revelation), and bassist Farko Dosumov
"Arisawkadoria" feat. Ari Zucker and drummer Kevin Sawka (Pendulum, KJ Sawka)
"Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet" (feat Skerik, Hans Teuber, Steve Moore, Dave Carter, and John Wicks).
"The Drunken Masters" (feat drummer Mike Stone (Crack Sabbath) and guitarist Thaddeus Turner (Thadillac)
"DOS(e)" with drummer John Wicks (Fitz and the Tantrums)
"The Dan Heck Trio" (feat John Wicks and Dan Heck)
"Skip Heller" (guitarist/composer on Hyena Records)
"Jeff "Tain" Watts" (2008 drum clinic)
"The Living Daylights (feat Jessica Lurie, Dale Fanning, Arnie Livingston)
"Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra" (SRJO)"
and  many more.



The Olympia Ballroom (View)
116 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Funk
Music > Jazz
Music > R&B

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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