John Blake Jr.


New CD: Motherless Child

One of the first improvisers and composers to adapt to the modern era the groundbreaking contributions Stéphane Grappelli, Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith and other CDpioneering jazz violinists made to the legacy of an instrument primarily associated with classical and folk music, John Blake, Jr. has consistently created music that engages the heart, mind, body and soul.  With the release of Motherless Child, Blake also joins the distinguished list of jazz musicians and arrangers who have mined the rich repository of the African American Spiritual songbook and created new versions of these timeless and inspirational works — some solely instrumental and others featuring vocals — that pay righteous and reverent respect to the music’s illustrious heritage in a manner that is distinctively original and compelling.

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“Tap Dancer”