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The Fellowship Band Featuring Brian Blade 

When: Thu., Sept. 15, 8 & 10 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 16, 8 & 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $24, $16

Brian Blade is a jazz drummer you don't want to miss. He's worked with all the contemporary greats in jazz and beyond -- from Chick Corea to Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan to Wayne Shorter. Thirteen years ago he formed the Fellowship band, composing mostly with keyboardist Jon Cowherd. His work is wide-ranging, at times incorporating instruments unfamiliar to jazz audiences, and not afraid to experiment. In addition to being one of the most talented jazz drummers of our day, in 2009 Blade released his first album as a singer-songwriter, entitled Mama Rosa. Fellowship, his go-to ensemble, has meanwhile become a jazz institution, and a captivating one at that. When Blade hunches forward and cracks his signature grin/grimace, it's hard not to watch with rapt attention. At Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland) on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16.8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $16-24. or 510-238-9200

— Will Butler


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