“The breadth of what we do is so wide we don't have to think about it,” says longtime Bay Area drummer Scott Amendola, when talking about fellow local organist Wil Blades--the other half of the dynamic music duo known as Amendola vs. Blades. “The cool thing is we can play swingin’ old school jazz, funk and rock, African music, to playing free.” Such dynamic range would prove challenging for any band, let alone one consisting merely of eight limbs, two analog keyboards and a drum kit. But it’s a challenge the two friends have eagerly met gig after gig since their auspicious first show together, a performance of Duke Ellington’s “Far East Suite” as an organ and drums arrangement, ten years ago. “It’s all about keeping it fresh,” adds Amendola. “And keeping the audience engaged.” And keeping audiences sonically freshened and engaged throughout their ever-evolving decade-long stint hasn’t been a problem for this uncanny duo, who’ve imprinted plenty of nondescript juke joints: the High Sierra Music Festival, SF Jazz, and the iconic Fillmore, alike with their slithery sound, enough to make stalwart critics like the SF Chronicle’s Joel Selvin squawk: "As for Wil Blades and Scott Amendola, these two Young Turks of the San Francisco jazz scene are bringing the organ-drum duo into the 21st century."
BLUE NOTE NAPA
Blue Note Napa is located on the first floor of the Napa Valley Opera House at First & Main. We are an intimate 150-seat jazz club and restaurant, where you can enjoy performances of world renown and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a full menu with market-driven cuisine from Chef Christophe Gerard, as well as an elegant wine and cocktail list. Enjoy fantastic sharing plates and wonderful main courses while you take in the show.
BOOTHS: Our premier level of seating! Booths are only available as tables of four, five or six and are not available as singles or pairs. Booths are sold on a general admission first-come, first-serve basis. You cannot reserve a specific booth -- we will seat you when you arrive.
TABLES: First-come, first-seated, with the full menu available.
BAR AREA: Bar stools are first-come, first-seated, then standing room is available. Dinner is also served at the bar.