Welcome to the January issue of Ran’s newsletter.

Ran weathered the Blizzard of ’15 fine, using the two days of down time to catch up on reading (mystery novels by Clea Simon), study math, review several films (including both versions of Gaslight, Dr. Mabuse, and Night of the Hunter), and hang out with his cat, DekTor. Outside of snow, the big news is that Ghost Tones, Ran’s long-awaited tribute to George Russell, will be released in a few weeks. Below is a preview of the album art; we’ll have more details next issue.

Upcoming Appearances: 3 Shows in Italy and Spain

Ran will be performing three shows in Italy and Spain in March.  At all three, Ran will play solo and in duos and a trio with Aaron Hartley (trombone) and Eden MacAdam-Somer (violin/voice).

March 1, Milan, Italy
— At Teatro Manzoni. Details here (in Italian) and here (in English.

March 6, Santander, Spain — At the University of Cantabria’s School of Marine Engineering in Santander, 8 p.m.

March 13, Huesca, Spain — Centro Cultural Del Matadero, 10 p.m.

Save the Date:
80th Birthday Concert on April 3 at MIT
Ran will celebrate his 80th birthday with a concert at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on April 3. Fred Harris, the university’s Director of Wind and Jazz Ensembles and a longtime friend of Ran’s, is curating the evening, which is titled: “Primacy of the Ear: MIT Jazz Celebrates Ran Blake.” Ran plans to perform solo and with several combinations of musicians (who will include Dominique Eade, Peter Godart, Ricky Richardson, the MIT Big Band, and others). Ticket information is here.

Ran Recommends…

Ran encourages music fans in New England to attend this upcoming event. (Ran will not be performing.) For additional recommendations, please visit Ran’s calendar.

February 17 – Students, faculty and guests perform a reinterpretation of Hildegard von Bingen’s 12th-century drama Ordo Virtutum at NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m. Details here.