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“John Blake, Jr. was supposed to perform at Jazz Bridge’s community concert in Philadelphia on Feb. 11. After his untimely passing last August, Jazz Bridge’s executive director Suzanne Cloud and board member/Philadelphia community concert cohost Rhenda Fearrington decided that a tribute concert in Blake’s honor should take the place of the scheduled event.
“We wanted to hire people who were a part of his band, who played with him closely, regularly (and) knew his book [musical repertoire] intimately, because that’s the only way we can honestly do a tribute to him,” said Fearrington in a phone interview from her home.
Blake was known as one of the world’s leading jazz violinists. He first gained recognition in the early ‘70s for his recordings with Archie Shepp. He then toured and recorded with both Grover Washington, Jr. and McCoy Tyner, among others, before he began to perform and record under his own name.
In addition, Blake was a master educator and taught at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and has been a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also performed concerts and conducted workshops at many schools through Musicopia, an organization whose mission is to bring music performance and education into under-funded schools in the Delaware Valley, something which Blake believed in passionately.“