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Eric Benny Bloom & his Lettuce cohorts pay tribute to Miles Davis with “Bitches Bloom” late night jazz fest gig at the Blue Nile

Bitches Bloom at Blue Nile

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 1 of 4:
Sivad > Benny Runs The Voodoo Down >

Bee Getz as quoted in his NOLA Jazz Fest After-Dark 2017 overview review at Live For Live Music:

Bitches Bloom followed DRKWAV’s phantasmagorical performance Tuesday night at the Blue Nile, and the Royal Fam regiment immediately distinguished themselves from the dozens of other tributes taking place around town. Helmed by Lettuce trumpet player Eric “Benny” Bloom, Bitches Bloom took a long, hard look into the Miles Davis catalog of the late 60’s and dawn of the 70’s. Bloom employed a sort of method acting, mean-mugging and glaring at his assembled players until they achieved tone and textures to his liking, just as Davis would do to start performances in those times. Bloom was joined by Lettuce co-conspirators Adam Deitch (drums), Nigel Hall (keys), Ryan Zoidis (sax), and Jesus Coomes, who handled the Michael Henderson basslines with aplomb.

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 2 of 4:
Shhh/Peaceful > It’s About That Time >

Benny Bloom was master of ceremonies and star of this serenade. The steamy, foreboding performance saw sit-ins from Wil Blades (organ) and trumpet mavens Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown and Aaron Janik. Benny meticulously searched deep into the annals of this era, and the setlist included opener “Sivad,” a harrowing revamp entitled “Benny Runs the Voodoo Down,” “Right Off,” “It’s About that Time,” “Jean Pierre,” this writer’s favorite jam “Black Satin” (off of 1972’s brilliant On the Corner). Be advised that the separations hardly mattered, as they were just shifts in groove that altered the time-space continuum. Leaving the Blue Nile sometime near 4 a.m., we were left shaking our heads at how Benny and company had so effectively mined the Miles zeitgeist whilst delivering this shell-shocking, inventive performance. Bitches Bloom found itself immediately on the short list of the finest shows at Jazz Fest 2017, a testament to the modus operandi of this murderers’ row.

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 3 of 4:
Right Off (with Aaron Janik & Maurice Brown) > Improv?

Bitches Bloom – May 2nd, 2017 – New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 4 of 4:
Black Satin > Jean Pierre

Bitches Bloom
May 2nd, 2017
New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile

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01. Sivad >
02. Benny Runs The Voodoo Down >
03. Shhh/Peaceful > It’s About That Time >
04. Right Off (with Aaron Janik & Maurice Brown) >
05. Improv?
06. Black Satin >
07. Jean Pierre

Eric Benny Bloom as Miles Davis – trumpet, keyboards, percussion
Ryan Zoidis – saxophone
Adam Deitch – drums
Jesus Coomes – bass
Wil Blades – keyboards
Nigel Hall – keyboards

Guests:
Maurice Brown – trumpet
Aaron Janik – trumpet

Bitches Bloom at Blue Nile

Funk It’s Jam Cruise 2016 Highlight Video

Trombone Shorty, Fred Wesley & Ivan Neville - Jam Cruise 2016

Funk It’s Jam Cruise 2016 Highlight Video:

01. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Help On The Way > Slipknot! [Grateful Dead covers]
02. Zach Deputy – Next To You
03. The New Mastersounds – Just Gotta Run (with Charly Lowry)
04. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – My Baby (with Nicki Bluhm & Eric McFadden)
05. Robert Walter & Eddie Roberts Jam Room – You Got The Love [Chaka Khan cover] (with Michelle Sarah)
06. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Sunny Side Of The Street (with Fred Wesley & Ivan Neville)
07. Stanton Moore Jazz Trio – Magnolia Triangle [James Black cover] (Stanton Moore, David Torkanowsky & James Singleton with Skerik, Eric Bloom, Will Bernard, Mike Dillon & Weedie Braimah)
08. Jans Ingber, Adam Deitch & Nate Werth – percussion jam on the deck
09. Adam Smirnoff Jam Room (with Jans Ingber, Mike Ballard, Joey Peebles, Congo Sanchez, DJ Williams, Borahm Lee, Justin Stanton, Iaan Neville & Nate Werth)
10. Adam Smirnoff Jam Room – A Message From The Meters [The Meters cover] (with Jesus Coomes, Ryan Zoidis, Alvin Ford Jr, Isaac Teel, Nigel Hall, Eric McFadden & Nate Werth)
11. Adam Smirnoff Jam Room – (with Jesus Coomes, Ryan Zoidis, Alvin Ford Jr, Adam Deitch, Emily Musolino, Corey Henry, Charly Lowry, Mike Olmos, Nate Werth, Oteil Burbridge, Isaac Teel & Nigel Hall)
12. The Infamous Stringdusters – My Destination
13. Stanton Moore Jazz Trio – All These Things [Allen Toussaint cover]
14. Snarky Puppy – Skate U
15. Bernard Purdie Jazz Lounge – Heavy Soul Slinger [with Pete Shand, Eddie Roberts, Todd Stoops, Karl Denson & Mike Olmos]

Bernard Purdie - Jam Cruise 2016

16. Lettuce – Phyllis
17. Brownout – What You Did
18. Dr. John – Mack The Knife (with Fred Wesley)
19. Marco Benevento Trio – I Just Want To Make Love To You (with Nicole Atkins)
20. Ivan Neville – Wrong Number (I’m Sorry, Goodbye) [Aaron Neville cover]
21. Ivan Neville – Joy Inside My Tears [Stevie Wonder cover] (with Nick Daniels, Nigel Hall, Eric Bloom, Karl Denson, Corey Henry, Trombone Shorty, Stanton Moore & Dan Oestreicher)
22. Soulive – Up Right (with Oteil Burbridge)
23. Roosevelt Collier Super Jam – Getten’ To Know You [Parliament cover] (Roosevelt Collier, Todd Stoops, Will Bernard, Fred Wesley, Ron Holloway, Corey Henry, unknown drummer, unknown bassist)
24. Eric Bloom Jazz Lounge – Mercy Mercy Mercy [Joe Zawinul cover] (Eric Bloom, Johnny Vidacovich, David Torkanowsky, Michael League, Will Bernard & Congo Sanchez)
25. Eric Bloom Jazz Lounge – How Blue Can You Get? (Eric Bloom, Alvin Ford Jr, David Torkanowsky, James Singleton, Eric McFadden & Skerik)
26. Snarky Puppy – Grown Folks (with Stanley Jordan)
27. Worship My Organ – Improv > The National Anthem [Radiohead cover] (Marco Benevento, Robert Walter, Adam Deitch & Skerik)
28. Brown Sabbath – N.I.B. [Black Sabbath cover]
29. The Floozies – Fat Bottomed Girls [Queen cover]
30. Lotus – The Legend of Zelda Theme Song > Improv

New Mastersounds & Charly Lowry - Jam Cruise 2016

31. Dr. Klaw – Cardova [The Meters cover] (with Sugah Davis)
32. Dr. John (solo piano) – Wade In The Water
33. Southern Soul Assembly – ??? (JJ Grey, Luther Dickenson, Marc Broussard & Anders Osborne)
34. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Monk Strap
35. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Do It All Night [Prince cover] (with Ziek McCarter of Con Brio)
36. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers – I’m Your Woman
37. Mike Dillon Jazz Lounge – ??? (Johnny Vidacovich, David Torkanowsky, James Singleton, & Will Bernard)
38. Mike Dillon Jazz Lounge – Dugout [Garage A Trois cover] (Stanton Moore, Marco Benevento & James Singleton)
39. Dumpstaphunk – Meanwhile (with Roosevelt Collier, Nigel Hall & Trombone Shorty)
40. Anders Osborne – Aim Way High (Carl DuFrene, Brady Blade, Eric McFadden & Ivan Neville)
41. Neville Jacobs – The Stakes (Cris Jacobs, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall & Brady Blade)
42. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Viola Lee Blues
43. Lettuce – “Neal Untitled”
44. Free Jazz Workshop – Improv (Skerik, Mike Dillon & Vernon Reid)
45. Nigel Hall – Never Gonna Let You Go (with Eric Benny Bloom & Ryan Zoidis – The Shady Horns)

Snarky Puppy - Jam Cruise 2016

46. Ivan Neville vs. Robert Walter – Improv (with Stanton Moore)
47. JJ Grey & Mofro – A Night To Remember
48. Soulive – Too Much (with Nigel Hall)
49. Everyone Orchestra – Keep Those Troubles Away (Matt Butler, Isaac Teel, Vernon Reid, Ron Holloway, Reed Matthis, Marco Benevento, Mihali Savoulidi, Scott Pemberton, Pappy Biondo, Paul Hoffman, Anders Beck, Jeff “Congo” Sanchez, Jans Ingber, Amy Helm & Nicki Bluhm)
50. Marco Benevento Trio – If I Get To See You At All
51. Dr. John – Walk On Guilded Splinters (with Leo Nocentelli)
52. Simon Allen Jazz Lounge – ??? (with Robert Walter, Dan Lebowitz, Daniel Carares & Mike Olmos)
53. Dumpstaphunk – Don’t Do It [The Band / Marvin Gaye cover] (with Cris Jacobs & Amy Helm)
54. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Do To You (with Leo Nocentelli)
55. Galactic – Africa / New Orleans [The Meters cover] (with Erica Falls, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, Skerik, Eric Bloom & Mike Dillon)

New Orleans Jazz Fest Late Night: Break Science Live Band at The Blue Nile 2016

Break Science Live Band 2016 New Orleans Blue Nile

Break Science Live Band
April 30, 2016 New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 1 of 2:
Owner Of A Lonely Heart [Yes] > Goin ‘Down [Michal Menert collab], In Full Effect (clip), Hand Clapping Song [The Meters] > Funky Style (clip), Brain Reaction, Intergalactic

Bee Getz as quoted in his NOLA Jazz Fest After-Dark 2016 overview review at Live For Live Music:

Break Science is trendsetter in realms of live electronic music; implementing avant garde approaches to technology while retaining core identity and original sound. The duo comprised of Adam Deitch and keyboardist/sampler/producer Borahm Lee have begun to reinvent themselves as a live band, drafting Lettuce crew Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar) and The Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis & Eric “Benny” Bloom) to make a formidable dance music dragon.

Break Science Live Band 2016 Blue Nile

It’s clear that familiarity and trust are crucial to the duo’s transition into a full live band. Deitch remains a force behind the kit, propelling the breaks, programming pads, and setting the ultimate tone; while Lee is mad professor, furiously twisting knobs, painting Rhodes colors, and layering the synth waves. Shmeeans and Jesus would lay back, low-down dirty and deep in the cut, serving the songs and keeping it vibey with disciplined restraint.

On the other hand, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis was levitation station, a dude not of this earth. The Shady Horns veteran hellraiser married imaginative melodies with sinister, psychedelic tones; all done through his Korg analog guitar-synth triggered by a custom-equipped mouthpiece. Eric
Benny” Bloom
is well versed in live-band electro-soul from his tours of duty in Pretty Lights Analog Future Band, and his stimulating, muffled wah wailing remained a perfect Zoidis foil in yet another compelling context.

The undeniable Tycho/Kendrick Lamar mashup “Vibe Walk” was a moving expedition, paired with familial collaborations with Michal Menert (“Goin Down”). Two tracks from the recent Manic Science project were reinterpreted: the Nice & Smooth-sampled “Funky Style,” and the haunting Pretty Lights remix “I Can See it in Your Face.” In mixing older Break Science originals like “Zion Station”, re-working NOLA classics (The Meters “Hand-Clapping Song”), and powering through AOR radio staples (Yes‘s “Owner of a Lonely Heart”), the omnifarious Break Science personalities were revealed. A smattering of new songs were interspersed within the set, only adding to the promising potential of this larger unit. Break Science Live Band surpassed many expectations, and chaperoned an enchanting journey down the wormhole of organic electronic music in 2016.

Break Science Live Band
April 30, 2016 New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 2 of 2:
Throwback [Michal Menert collab] > I Can See It In Your Face [Pretty Lights], Let’s Go, Vibe Walk [Kendrick Lamar vs Tycho]

NOTE: Please excuse the fact that the audio on these is subpar. I think my Sony ECM-MS908C external video cam microphone started to crap out in a weird way (after extended use in the humidity I guess?). Luckily it didn’t happen until the 8th night (of 8 nights) so it didn’t affect too much of my footage. I promptly replaced the mic. I actually I picked up two because it is no longer being manufactured. I’ve been using these mics since 1999 and they still do a great job. I think I’ve owned 5 of them, if you count the 2 I have now.