Welcome to the September issue of Ran’s newsletter. 

At right is a preview of the cover of Ran’s forthcoming album, Cocktails at Dusk: A Noir Tribute to Chris Connor, which is scheduled to be released on the Impulse label in October.The album, produced by Jean-Philippe Allard, includes appearances by Laïka Fatien (vocals) and Ricky Ford (tenor saxophone), as well as several samples of Chris Connor. Recorded in July 2012 at ICP Recording Studios in Brussels, Belgium, the album has 13 tracks: “Ten Cents a Dance,” “All About Ronnie,” “Fine and Dandy,” “Why Can’t I,” “Where Are You?” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Moon Ride,” “Go ‘way from my Window, ” Almost Like Being in Love,” “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” “Speak Low,” “Anything Goes,” and “Driftwood.”

We expect to have ordering information next issue.

Upcoming Boston Area Performance

October 22Ran will be among the performers at the New England Conservatory for “The Marriage of Music and Dance: A Celebration Honoring the Late Julia Sutton.” He plans to perform “The Short Life of Barbara Monk” in honor of Sutton, a musicologist who died in 2012.The evening begins with a lecture and tribute at 7 p.m. in the Keller Room, followed by a concert at 8 in Jordan Hall. The concert will include dance, vocal, and instrumental performances illustrating the symbiosis of movement and music over various time periods, social classes, and geographic locations. Read more about this free event here.

Private Lessons 

Ran is available for private lessons in December. Potential areas of focus include long-term melodic and harmonic memory, repertoire development, and sequencing a performance. For details, contact Ran directly at ran@ranblake.com.

Ran Recommends… 

Ran encourages music fans in New England to attend these upcoming events. (Ran will not be performing.) For additional recommendations, please visit Ran’s calendar.October 3-4: Ran’s assistant John Campopiano co-hosts a screening at Coolidge Corner Theatre of Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, a documentary he directed with Justin White about the making of the Stephen King film. The documentary focuses on the origins of the story, the impact a Hollywood production had on a rural New England community, and the legacy the film has carved out among horror fans and scholars of Stephen King’s work. Read more about it here.

October 22, 24: Pianist/composer Jason Yeager, a former student of Ran’s, celebrates the release of his second trio album, Affirmation, (Inner Circle Music), with concerts at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City on October 22 and at the Regattabar in Cambridge on October 24. The CD features the Jason Yeager Trio and special guests performing original compositions and striking re-imaginings of music by Olivier Messiaen and John Lennon.

October 24 –The NEC Jazz Orchestra hosts a tribute concert honoring George Russell at Brown Hall at 8 p.m. Read more about it here.

To learn more about studying at NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department, please visit its website or contact Department Chairperson Hankus Netsky. Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is available from lulu.com.Thanks for reading. We’ll see you in October.
Steve

Vol. 10, No. 9