February, 2015

Welcome to the February issue of Ran’s newsletter.

Ghost Tones, Ran’s tribute to George Russell, is now available from ranblake.com (CDs) and CDbaby (CDs and MP3s for download).The album, produced by Art Lange and Aaron Hartley, was recorded in August 2010 at the New England Conservatory of Music. It features 17 songs, seven by Russell (including “Stratusphunk,” “Ezz-thetic,” and “Ballad of Hix Blewitt”), five by Ran (including previously unreleased compositions such as “Alice Norbury,” “Cincinnati Express,” and “Jacques Crawls”), and several standards (including “Autumn in New York” and “You Are My Sunshine”).

Ran is joined at various times by Peter Kenagy (trumpet), Aaron Hartley (trombone, computer), Doug Pet (tenor saxophone), Eric Lane (piano), Jason Yeager (piano), Ryan Dugre, (guitar), David “Knife” Fabris (pedal steel guitar), Rachel Massey (violin), Brad Barrett (bass), David Flaherty (drums, timpani), Charles Burchell (drums, timpani, vibraphone), and Luke Moldof (electronics).  

Upcoming Appearances: 3 Shows in Italy and Spain

Ran has arrived in Italy and is preparing for the first of three shows in the next two weeks (see photo- Live on RAI/ Radiotelevisione Italiana). He is looking forward to seeing many old friends and enjoying some warmer weather. At all three concerts, Ran will play solo, duo, and trio with Aaron Hartley (trombone) and Eden MacAdam-Somer (violin/voice). The shows are:

March 1, Milan, Italy: 
At Teatro Manzoni. Details here. Update!!! VIDEO and REVIEW
March 6, Santander, Spain: At the University of Cantabria’s School of Marine Engineering in Santander, 8 p.m. Details here and here.

March 13, Huesca, Spain: Centro Cultural Del Matadero, 8 p.m. Details here.

Save the Date:
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.