Blood, Sweat and Tears
No one can argue they invented a new style of music. They are not the first band to ever use a horn section, but the first band 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 St. 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. The result is the band has never stopped touring for over 50 years.
The first BS&T album “Child is Father to the Man” was released to little fanfare, and after band member changes, the second album self-named "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® for “Album of the Year” in 1970 and went on to be certified as quadruple Platinum with sales over 4 million units.
Blood Sweat & Tears went on to receive 10 Grammy® nominations, and won 3 among many other awards.
Blood, Sweat & Tears have had many configurations over its 50+ years of touring, but one thing is for sure, and that is BS&T has musically demanding fans, and they are never disappointed. BS&T tours with the greatest musicians available; Stars in their own right, with most coming off major tours with other artists. BS&T still headlines Jazz festivals all over the world. BS&T only performs about 60 shows per 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… walk up and talk to them.
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”