Brian Blade and Life Cycles

Sept. 25
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Covers-Tributes, Jazz

Brian Blade’s groovy, expressive playing has made him one of the most in-demand drummers of the past few decades, with credits including work with Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, and Joshua Redman. As a leader, he’s best known for the Fellowship Band, whose quietly tricky repertoire often draws on folk, pop, and church forms. Life Cycles is devoted to the music of the late vibraphonist, marimba player, and composer Bobby Hutcherson, whose catalog includes the Blue Note landmark Dialogue. Monte Croft gets the vibes spotlight in Life Cycles, which also includes the Fellowship Band’s other principal writer and arranger, pianist Jon Cowherd.