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"Mr. Blake rides those vamps like a master.He also knows how to pace a solo so that it buildsto crest after crest, with an oratorical sense of timing." New York Times

John Blake had, “over the last thirty years, attained a unique position as the premier mainstream jazz violinist in the world.” His resume resembles that of no other string player. Blake presents what critic David Hollenberg calls “a state-of-the-art display of current level of jazz violin.” A four-time winner of the Down Beat Critics’ Poll for “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition,” he was also voted one of the top two jazz violinists in the 49th, 50th, and 51st Down Beat Readers’ Poll. Mr. Blake's latest release is titled, "Motherless Child" (ARC-2123) has been met with widespread critical acclaim and was also included on the official ballot for 53rd GRAMMY Award Nomination Consideration.

About his last 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. 

John Blake - July 2 1945 - August 15, 2014
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