Monthly Archives: August 2014

Violinist John Blake Jr., 67, Dies

Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic

John Blake Jr., the Philadelphia jazz violinist and music educator who toured with Grover Washington Jr. and McCoy Tyner and taught generations of students at the Settlement Music School and University of the Arts, has died.

Blake, who was 67, died on Friday from complications of multiple myeloma according to his son, Johnathan Blake.


The Guardian: Cecil Taylor Swindled Out of $500,000 Kyoto Prize

cecil_taylorCecil Taylor had a prize sum of nearly half a million dollars stolen from him by a general contractor who befriended the pioneering jazz pianist while working next to his house in New York City, according to a criminal court in Brooklyn.

Noel Muir, from New York’s Long Island, could face up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted. He is currently waiting arraignment on a charge of grand larceny in Brooklyn’s criminal court.

Taylor, one of the key figures in the free-jazz revolution, was invited to collect the prestigious Kyoto prize by Japan’s Inamori Foundation in November 2013. According to a statement by the district attorney in Brooklyn, Muir, a contractor who had worked for Taylor’s neighbor, joined him for the event and helped the musician prepare for the trip.

Source: The Guardian

NPR: Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Photo: Adam Kissick/NPR
Photo: Adam Kissick/NPR

by Patrick Jarenwattananon
NPR / A Blog Supreme

The Newport Jazz Festival turned 60 this year, and expanded to three days to celebrate. Throughout last weekend, more than 45 bands performed at Fort Adams State Park in coastal Rhode Island, playing through abundant sunshine, pouring rain and anything in between.

Our photographer Adam Kissick spent long days in the saddle, logging approximately 22 miles on foot while carrying 40 pounds of often-damp gear.

Source: NPR / A Blog Supreme

Kenny Garrett Named Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University

kenny_garrettKenny Garrett, the internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, bandleader, arranger, and composer, has been appointed director of the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.

Garrett, who will join the University faculty on September 1, becomes the fifth world-renowned musician to lead the program. Founded in 1973, the program has been directed by legendary trumpeter and composer/arranger Thad Jones, renowned bassist Rufus Reid, and internationally acclaimed pianist James Williams. Most recently, the program was directed by preeminent pianist Mulgrew Miller, who died in May 2013.

Source: William Patterson University

Berklee College of Music Names Jazz Trumpeter Sean Jones Chair of the Brass Dept

Jimmy Katz

by Louis Burton

Berklee College of Music has named noted trumpeter Sean Jones the next chair of the college’s Brass Department. Jones, who played lead trumpet with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for six years, is an internationally acclaimed trumpeter and composer who just released his seventh album, im•pro•vise = never before seen, on Mack Avenue Records.

Jones will succeed trombonist Tom Plsek, who served as chair of the Brass Department for 25 years. Berklee, a college for the study and practice of contemporary music, is located in Boston, Mass.