March, 2106

Ran Blake at Constellation
(Chicago, IL)

Sat. March, 26th at 8:30pm   
Ran is taking a trip to Chicago, IL this weekend where he will be performing a solo concert at Constellation with dedications to Ornette Coleman and Stevie Wonder. He will also perform new compositions DekTor!, Obama, and, a remembrance of Gunther Schuller, Gunther. Of course, there will also be film noir!

Ran hasn’t performed in Chicago in over 25 years and is very much looking forward to this visit.

Tickets are $15-20 and can be purchased HERE.
Constellation is located at 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Night of the Hunter
Jordan Hall (Boston, MA)
Thurs. April 14 at 7:30pm

Pianist/composer/improviser Ran Blake and trombonist Aaron Hartley celebrate their 11th year co-producing New England Conservatory’s famed Film Noir series with Night of the Hunter, a tantalizing mélange of scenes from Charles Laughton’s 1955 classic “Night of the Hunter.” The film is based on a Davis Grubb novel about the true story of murderer Harry Powers.

As Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish play out the dark tale of love, mystery, and religious fanaticism on the screen, students and faculty from NEC’s groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation department keep you on the edge of your seat, heightened by new music created by NEC musicians.

Members of the Film Noir Ensemble, directed by Ran Blake and Aaron Hartley, play a key role in this annual Film Noir concert. Each fall, ensemble members engage in a rich exploration of creating music for film, through aural study of original scores, development of student compositions in tandem with traditional repertoire, and collective improvisation. Other groups performing on the concert include the CI Chamber Orchestra and American Roots Ensemble both directed by Eden MacAdam-Somer, the NEC Jazz Orchestra directed by Ken Schaphorst, and The Ladles featuring NEC CI students Katie Martucci, Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere, and Caroline Kuhn.

This is a free concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. For more information, log on to or call 617-585-1260.

Dominique Eade
Faculty Recital
Jordan Hall (Boston, MA)
Sunday, April 24 at 8:30pm
Longtime NEC CI and Jazz faculty member, Dominique Eade, will give a memorable recital on Sunday April 24th at 8:30pm in Jordan Hall. Performances will include special guests Kenan Adnawi (Oud), Jed Wilson (Piano), Nima Janmohammadi (Oud), and there is also a chance Ran Blake (Piano) will join in.

(This concert was rescheduled from Feb 8th due to weather conditions).

Visit NEC’s Website to learn more CLICK HERE.

This Summer Sign Up for NEC’s Jazz Lab!
Sunday, June 26 through
Friday, July 1, 2016

Jazz Lab is a program that is designed for students ages 14-18 that emulates the NEC college experience, providing the opportunity for motivated students to spend a week on campus performing with like-minded musicians, working one on one with world class faculty, and learning in a fun, laid back atmosphere while taking their abilities to the next level. The program features daily classes in jazz theory and ear training, improvisation, small ensemble rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts.

This year’s renowned guest artists, Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Allan Chase, and Rakalam Bob Moses will not only have an impact on participants through their innovative teaching, but with their spectacular performances throughout the week.

Questions? Contact

Click HERE to read more about Jazz Lab and see the full calendar!

Click HERE to register now!

Concerts in April, 2016
As the New England Conservatory’s academic year wraps up there are many wonderful student recitals happening. Practically every day in April one may walk into any of NEC’s beautiful halls to hear creative and inspiring music performed by our very talented students. Best of all, the concerts are free! If you haven’t attended student recitals or the In the Mix Series before, I highly recommend you check the calendar and try to make at least a couple of evenings this year.