Blood Sweat & Tears. No one can argue they invented a new style of music. 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.
From the first ensemble in the late sixties practicing in a loft on Bleeker Street in New York’s Greenwich Village and having crowds clapping on the street below between songs, founding member and drummer Bobby Colomby knew they were on the right course. Since then, the band hasn’t stopped touring - for over 50 years!
The first Blood, Sweat & Tears album, “Child is Father to the Man”, was released to little fan fair. After band member changes, the second album self-titled, "Blood Sweat & Tears” was a success, rising to the top of the charts for 7 weeks and yielding 3 top 5 singles. The album received the prestigious Grammy award for “Album of the Year” in 1970. That album went on to earn quadruple Platinum status with sales of over 4 million units.
Blood Sweat & Tears went on to receive 10 Grammy nominations winning 3, among many other awards. The band has had many configurations over its 50 plus years of touring. BS&T is NOT a tribute band, far from it. Considered the first All-Star Band before changing band members was common but one thing for sure is that the music is timeless and fans are never disappointed. BS&T tours with the greatest musicians available, stars in their own right (most coming off major tours with other artists). BS&T still headlines jazz festivals all over the world and only performs 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. Don’t be shy - walk up and talk to them.
To this day Bobby Colomby (founding member) still handpicks the musicians for every tour. Colomby still uses the same theory: “Great Musicians Make Great Music”. Blood, Sweat & Tears performs Sunday, December 8th at 7 p.m. at The Newton Theatre, 234 Spring Street in Newton, N.J.
Tickets start at $34 and are available for purchase at The Newton Theatre box office, online at www.TheNewtonTheatre.com, or by calling 973-940-NEWT.