Wil Blades
Born in 1980 in Chicago, Wil has been performing since he was ten years old. He moved to San Francisco and has played professionally in the Bay Area since his first year of college as jazz studies major at the New College of California. He began playing and studying drums at the age of 8, guitar at 13 and organ at 18. He has also received tutelage from jazz organ great, Dr. Lonnie Smith. Since 2001, Wil has maintained the position of house organist at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room and teaches at the renowned Berkeley Jazz School.
 
Wil's rhythmic, blues driven style is reminiscent of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and "Groove" Holmes, but stays in touch with current sounds. Wil has performed and recorded with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Soulive, Don Braden, Betty Joplin, Will Bernard, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.
contact: wilblades@gmail.com
homepage: www.wilblades.com
myspace www.myspace.com/wilbladesb3
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Discography
Stinky Stinky
Hammond Beat HBL002EP
recorded March 2005 in Emeryville, CA/USA
Brian Fishler, drums
Joel Ryan, trumpet
Fil Lorenz, tenor sax
Sebastien Lanson, guitar
Wil Blades, organ
Sketchy
Doodlin Records DR-003
recorded March 2007 in Menlo Park, CA/USA
Wil Blades, organ
Idris Muhammad, drums
Dayna Stephens, tenor sax
Gabe Eaton, alto sax
Michael Rinta, slide
Will Bernard, guitar
Party Hats
Palmetto Records PM 2123
recorded in Berkeley, CA/USA
Will Bernard, guitar
Cochemea Gastelum, alto sax
Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax, melodica, qarqaba
Joe Cohen, tenor sax
Adam Theis, trombone
Mike Olmos, trumpet
Wil Blades, Hammond organ
Michael Bluestein, Hammond organ, piano
Keith McArthur, bass
Ryan "Iron" Newman, bass
Jan Jackson, drums
Paul Spina, drums
Josh Jones, percussion
Outdoor Living
Dreck To Disk Records DTD003

Will Bernard, guitar
Wil Blades, Hammond B-3 organ
Simon Lott, drums
Field Notes
The Royal Potato Family #RPF 1414

Wil Blades, organ
Jeff Parker, guitar
Simon Lott, drums

 
Sound Samples
MP3 "Whas Up Doc" from the album "Sketchy"
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