25 July 1970, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Blade began playing violin as a small child but as he entered his teens he switched to drums. He played in the church where his father was minister and also in a classical orchestra while still at school. In the late 80s he relocated to New Orleans, concentrating on playing drums in jazz after having briefly considered a career in sports. He played with various musicians including Ellis Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Nicholas Payton. In New York he played with Harry Connick Jnr. and Kenny Garrett and gradually expanded his knowledge and his reputation owing to numerous recording sessions by a varied roster of artists from the worlds of jazz and pop. Among these artists are Garrett (playing on 1992s Black Hope), Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, David Berkman, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Seal, touring with the latter in 1999. A dynamic and...