Blood, Sweat & Tears

ON THE PADDOCK STAGE

Blood, Sweat & Tears is not the first band to ever use a horn section, but they are the first to fuse it with rock, jazz, and some blues thrown in for good measure.

Founding member and drummer Bobby Colomby knew they were on the right course when, in the late ’60s, the first ensemble practiced in a loft on Bleeker Street in New York’s Greenwich Village and crowds started clapping on the street below. Since then, the band has never stopped touring.

The first Blood, Sweat & Tears album, “Child is Father to the Man,” was released to little fanfare. After band member changes, the second album, “Blood, Sweat & Tears” was a success, rising to the top of the charts for seven weeks and yielding three Top 5 singles. The album received the Grammy award for “Album of the Year” in 1970. That album went on to earn quadruple Platinum status with sales of more than 4 million units.

Blood, Sweat & Tears went on to receive 10 Grammy nominations and won three; plus, they have won many other awards.

To this day Bobby Colomby (founding member) still hand-picks the musicians for every tour. Colomby still uses the same theory: “Great Musicians Make Great Music.” BS&T tours with the greatest musicians available, most coming off major tours with other artists and stars in their own right. BS&T still headlines jazz festivals all over the world. BS&T performs only about 60 shows a year so it’s a rare treat to see them live.

The band members are always looking to inspire the next generation of musicians, so don’t be shy about walking up and talking to them.

 

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