MacArthur Fellow Ran Blake, solo jazz piano
WHEN: Thursday, December 4. 8 & 9:30 PM
ADMISSION: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
In a career that spans five decades, pianist/composer/educator RAN BLAKE has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake’s singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes more than 40 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well over 40 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory.
In the tradition of Blake’s idols, Chris Connor, Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, Jeanne Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Thelonious Monk, George Russell, & Gunther Schuller, he has incorporated and synthesized several otherwise divergent styles and influences into a single innovative and cohesive style all his own, ranking him among the geniuses of the genre. The addition of his innovative aural based teaching approach, and the forty years he has spent influencing future generations of musicians, makes his contributions to the long tradition of jazz even more impressive. A recent Downbeat review said, “Ran Blake is so hip it hurts … a pianist who can make you laugh at his dry humor one second and wring a tear the next.” His music still sounds fresh and unmistakably unique. Nearly fifty years after his innovative release, The Newest Sound Around with vocalist Jeanne Lee (RCA-Victor), Ran continues to evolve his noir language on the piano, making him one of most resilient artists in jazz history.
Ran’s most recent recordings are Cocktails at Dusk: A Tribute to Chris Connor with Ricky Ford and Laïka Fatien (impulse!/ Sunnyside, 2014), Live at the Kitano, NY with Sara Serpa (Sunnyside, anticipated 2015), and Down Here Below, vol. 2: A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln with Christine Correa (RedPiano, anticipated 2015), and Chabrol Noir: A Tribute to Claude Chabrol with Ricky Ford (impulse!/ Sunnyside, anticipated 2015).
You can learn more about Ran at his website www.ranblake.com, which includes videos of musical performance and other tantalizing noir treats.
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Baltimore’s Best Jazz Venue 2005 – Baltimore Magazine
Baltimore’s Best Jazz Space 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 – Baltimore City Paper
Park at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $2 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik in order to receive the discounted rate.