Ep. 87: Ran Blake, pianist/composer/educator
Off The Podium with Tigran Arakelyan
In a career that now spans five decades, pianist Ran Blake has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake’s singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes more than 40 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well nearly 40 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory.
In this podcast the legendary musician and educator talks about his teachers, collaborations, Gunther Schuller and creating a new department at the New England Conservatory. He also talks about his MacArthur fellowship, George Avakian, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson and his many solo albums.
For more information about Ran Blake please visit his official website: https://ranblake.com/
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