Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Wed, Sep 27 2017 9:00 PM

Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave Albany
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Amendola vs. Blades vs. John Schott

Wil Blades and Scott Amendola conjure various sonic deities though only a duo. Their live shows have been generating a buzz around the Bay Area. The two got their start as a group when Scott had the vision of performing Duke Ellington's "Far East Suite" in duo with Wil. While quite a daunting task translating a suite (originally written for a big band) into duo, the Hammond Organ had previously been used in the 1940's and 1950's to emulate the sound of big bands. With Wil's knowledge of this tradition and Scott's desire to push boundaries, they were able to pull it off in a explorative, yet cohesive manner. The duo continues to perform the Ellington suite in their live performances, while also developing their original material. In performance, Amendola and Blades cover everything from Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock.

"Lean and mean, the AMENDOLA vs. BLADES duo has firmly established itself as one of the liveliest acts in the Bay Area"- Forrest Dylan Bryant Jazz Observer online

Guitarist John Schott is a founding member of the legendary bay area band TJ Kirk. John has worked with the likes of John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Trevor Dunn and Ben Goldberg.
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