December, 2010

Ran Blake Newsletter
News From Ran Blake HQ

December 2010


Ran at the Siguenza Jazz Festival in Spain on December 4.

ranknifeRan and David “Knife” Fabris in Siguenza. Photo by César Merino

Ran in the News

year-end honors, etc.

Critic George Grella chose Out of the Shadows as his top vocal album for 2010.

Blogger Gabe Meline included Ran Blake Plays Solo Piano in his Top 25 jazz discoveries of 2010.

Our Spanish-speaking readers may enjoy this interview conducted by Xavier Quirarte from Revista Anditoto, an online magazine dedicated to cultural affairs.

Book Discount

Primacy of the Ear, the company that recently published Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is offering a 20% discount on all sales through the end of the year. Click on this link and enter the discount code provided.

Back in the USA
European tour concludes

blackbagWelcome to the December issue of Ran’s monthly newsletter.

Ran is back in Boston after a successful tour of Europe in December that included five shows in four countries (Spain, Lithuania, Italy and Portugal).

Overall, the tour went well, despite cold, rainy weather on many of the days. Several of the shows were sold out, with hundreds of fans in attendance. Ran performed in a variety of settings, from a traditional concert hall to a church to a record store. As expected, Ran was joined onstage by guitarist David “Knife” Fabris at several shows and performed with tenor saxophonist Jacopo Jacopetti in Rome and vocalist Sara Serpa in Lisbon.

This issue has a couple of photos from the tour, and we expect to have more, as well as a write-up by Knife, in the January issue. (If anyone who saw a show has photos, feel free to send them along.)


As always, you can reach Ran directly at, and you can read back issues here.

To learn more about studying at NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, visit the department’s website or contact Department Chairperson Hankus Netsky.

Happy new year, and we’ll see you in January.

Vol. 6, No. 12