Cuenca / Bollenback / Blades
Drummer Sylvia Cuenca, originally from San Jose,
now living in New York, has performed for 17 years with trumpet legend
at venues such as the Village Vanguard and Blue Note in New
She toured internationally for 4 years with saxophonist Joe
Henderson, including trio settings with Henderson and bassists Charlie
Haden or George Mraz.
Ms. Cuenca has performed with such jazz
luminaries as Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron,
Ray Drummond, Frank Foster, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Frank
Wess, Michael Brecker, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Jon Faddis, Dave
Stryker, Ed Cherry, Dianne Reeves, John Hicks, Geoff Keezer, John
Soloff, Marian McPartland, Hilton Ruiz, George Cables, James Spaulding,
Kenny Drew Jr., Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Emily Remler, and Helen
She has released two recordings as a leader, "The Crossing" and "Exit
She has appeared at Chez Hanny with Jared Gold and Ed
Cherry, and Jared Gold and Brian Levy.
was raised just outside NYC, and began
playing guitar at age 7. He majored in music at the University of
Miami, then studied for eight years with Baltimore-based professor of
Theory/Composition Asher Zlotnick.
In 1987 he made his recording debut on saxophonist Gary
Thomas’s "Seventh Quadrant" (Enja), and in 1990 established a
working relationship with organ legend Joey DeFrancesco, an association
that continues to this day, and has produced eighteen recordings.
He has released eight cds as a leader, as well as appearing on dozens
of recordings with others.
He has performed or recorded
with Gary Bartz, Paul Bley, Charlie Byrd, Terri-Lyne
Carrington, Herb Ellis, Steve Gadd, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Joe
McDuff, Chris McNulty, James Moody, Mark Murphy, David “Fathead”
Newman, Jim Snidero, Carol Sloane, Gary Smullyan, Gary Thomas, Grady
Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and
Wil Blades has become the San
Francisco Bay Area’s
first call Hammond organist and is rapidly
gaining momentum internationally. He has been named “Rising Star” on
organ in the Downbeat critics poll
every year since 2006.
"Field Notes" is the latest of his three cds as a leader, and "Shimmy"
by the Billy Martin and Wil Blades Duo is now out on Amulet/Royal
Potato Family Records.
In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee
Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has
performed and recorded with 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, Betty Joplin, Eddie
Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and John Scofield.
He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Ed Cherry, and Will Matthews.