Cindy Blackman Santana w/ special guests Carlos Santana, John Medeski & Vernon Reid
originally filmed on JUNE 14, 2023
› Twelve for Tony: The Sound of Tony Williams in 12 Songs
Tonight on Fridays Live, SFJAZZ presents a special concert rerun with Cindy Blackman Santana and some very special guests: pop star Carlos Santana, organ great John Medeski and Living Colour guitar genius Vernon Reid. The concert honors Tony Williams and his groundbreaking late 60s/early 70s electric jazz group Lifetime.
In many ways Tony Williams was Cindy Blackman’s spiritual father… A powerful, even volcanic, drummer.
ABOUT CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA
If there is one artist on today’s music scene with the passion, fire, and percussive mastery to do justice to the legacy of the late Tony Williams, it is undoubtedly Cindy Blackman Santana. She returns with her band, plus organ great John Medeski and Living Colour guitar genius Vernon Reid to honor Williams and his groundbreaking late 60s/early 70s electric jazz group Lifetime, with very special guest, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.
Made famous by her 10+ years providing the bone-deep grooves behind singer and guitarist Lenny Kravitz, Blackman has distinguished herself as a highly versatile player and composer who is as comfortable leading post-bop sessions with Joe Henderson and Wallace Roney as she is touring with pop stars like Kravitz and husband Carlos Santana, whose band she currently anchors.
This tribute has its origins in the all-star project Spectrum Road, which revisited the Lifetime material and featured Blackman Santana, Medeski, Reid, and the late bass legend Jack Bruce, who was a founding member of Cream and performed with Williams’ Lifetime band in the 1970s.
Their eponymous 2012 Palmetto Records release was named for the Williams/John McLaughlin composition “Via the Spectrum Road” from Lifetime’s explosive 1969 debut, and expanded upon the original material, using it as a springboard for fresh directions in full evidence on this unforgettable night.
Setlist, Personnel, & More
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