From cookin’ with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with
B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the country. He has been named “Rising Star” for organ in the Downbeat critics poll every year since 2006. Wil has been wowing audiences with groups such as “O.G.D.,” “Amendola Vs. Blades”, “Stanton Moore Trio” and most recently “Billy Martin and Wil Blades Duo”. In 2007 Blades released his much anticipated debut record, “Sketchy”, on Doodlin’ Records. In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with a who’s who of Jazz, Funk and Blues legends including Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Mike Clark, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.
Kim Dawson’s work is what can only be described as an eclectic mix of R&B, neo-soul, and funk with a love-laced passion for all things jazz. Her musical influences range from Stevie Wonder to Sarah Vaughan to Karen Carpenter. But, there has always been one commonality, one unbreakable thread: soul-driven devotion to singing. She develops sounds that elevate, invigorate and ultimately transport listeners to her musical world. After touring internationally for years with bands like, Kim is now focusing on her solo work, and returning to her roots in jazz and r&b. Her single “Try,” released in March of 2020, is a perfect introduction to all that is to come from this artist.