The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive will host a rare performance of the Adam Deitch Quartet. Featuring Lettuce/Break Science drummer Adam Deitch, his Lettuce bandmates, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpet player Eric “Benny” Bloom, and San Francisco-based organist Wil Blades, the quartet will bring their space-funk jazz vibes to Williamsburg as part of the all-day music marathon in Brooklyn on September 29th at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade.
After a few scattered shows in 2016, The Adam Deitch Quartet truly emerged in 2017 with the release of their single “Dot Org”, off the forthcoming debut record, Egyptian Secrets. On “Dot Org”, the band confidently cruises through original jazz fusion track written by Deitch himself, highlighting his often-overlooked talents as an arranger and songwriter while showcasing his well-known percussion prowess. While the record was well received upon its release, Deitch, Zoidis, Bloom and Blades have only played a handful of dates under the Deitch Quartet moniker, with a show at the famed Blue Note in New York City and a special late-night show at Blue Nile during this past year’s New Orleans Jazz Festival (which featured a guest appearance by guitarist and frequent collaborator Eric Krasno) among the few full-band performances on record. This year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive will provide another opportunity for this talented group to reconvene.
As Deitch noted about his quartet in a 2017 interview with Live For Live Music,
That group features…that outside the box jazz element, because Benny can play everything, of course, jazz to funk everywhere and in between. Zoidis, people haven’t been able to hear him really expand upon his harmonic concept, because he is often in the Maceo [Parker] realm with Lettuce. I mean, he gets busy, but this quartet is a chance for him to stretch out and for me to stretch out.
All four players have appeared at Brooklyn Comes Alive in the past. Deitch played double-duty in 2016, drumming in the special J Dilla tribute earlier in the day before delivering a mind-melding set of late night psychedelic improvisation with keyboardist John Medeski and saxophonist Skerik as DRKWAV. Bloom & Zoidis also performed twice in 2016, joining forces with Eric “Jesus” Coomes and his brother, Tyler Coomes, for their Coomes Brothers set before running to Brooklyn Bowl to participate in The Nth Power‘s all-star tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire. Blades returns to Brooklyn Comes Alive after his first appearance in 2017, when he linked up with Skerik, Reed Mathis, Alan Evans, and Will Bernard for a memorable set of early-afternoon jazz music and joined in on the event closing Eric Krasno & Friends set.
Check out a video from the Adam Deitch Quartet’s recent late night show from Jazz Fest, and get stoked to catch them at Brooklyn Comes Alive in this Fall!
Adam Deitch Quartet – 5/1/2018 – Blue Nile
[Video: FunkIt Blog]
With festival veterans like Deitch, Zoidis, Bloom & Blades returning in 2018, Brooklyn Comes Alive looks to maintain its reputation as an artist- and fan-favorite event. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. Each attendee receives a wristband that grants them access to every venue, which makes getting from set to set a breeze, recreating and paying homage to the club-hopping atmosphere of Jazz Fest by night. Live For Live Music will be profiling each of the unique acts on the lineup as the event draws closer. You can check out previews of The Purple Party and the Marc Brownstein, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr., & Khris Royal quartet now, and stay tuned for further band profiles as Brooklyn Comes Alive draws closer.