Fellowship Band scheduled for Skidmore appearance

Saturday, March 16, 2013
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— Drummer and composer Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center.

The group consists of Jon Cowherd, piano; Christopher Thomas, bass; Melvin Butler, tenor sax; Myron Walden, alto sax; and Blade, drums.

Blade has played alongside musical luminaries from Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris to Chick Corea and Daniel Lanois. He formed the Brian Blade Fellowship in 1998 with pianist Cowherd.

While continuing to work with the Fellowship Band, Blade has been a member of Wayne Shorter’s most recent quartet. He has continued working as a studio musician, recording with Bill Frisell, Ellis Marsalis, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Dorothy Scott, Billy Childs, Chris Potter and David Binney.

The Fellowship revolves around the writing of Blade and Cowherd, whose concepts tend toward the pastoral, elegant, and cathartic.

The Fellowship Band will be playing tracks from their newest album, “Landmarks.” Admission is free for students and children, $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and the Skidmore community.

For advance reservations, visit or call the Zankel box office at 580-5321 for more information.

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