UNCW JazzFest: Ron Blake Quartet

Thursday, March 23, 2017
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Kenan Auditorium
Event Type
Music Dept.
Beck, Abigail
Department of Music

UNCW's 35th Annual Guest Artist Jazz Festival kicks off with the Ron Blake Quartet.

Ron Blake
Saxophonist Ron Blake has been an integral part of the New York music scene, performing and recording worldwide, since 1992. The Virgin Islands native has released four recordings as a leader and has appeared on more than 60 recordings as a sideman or special guest. Blake began performing in the Chicago area under the guidance of luminaries Von Freeman, Willie Pickens and Wilbur Campbell. He began appearing behind jazz greats with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra in the late 1980s, including Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Nancy Wilson and Cab Calloway. Blake credits his growth as a versatile musician to his primary teacher, Dr. Frederick Hemke, with whom he completed undergraduate studies in classical performance from Northwestern University in 1986.

Blake has performed internationally with Roy Hargrove Quintet, Art Farmer, Roy Haynes, the Christian McBride Band, Meshell NdegeOcello and Spirit Music Jamia, Yerba Buena and the Juilliard Jazz Quartet. He won a Grammy Award in 2012 for The Good Feeling, his recording with the Christian McBride Big Band, and was a Grammy nominee for Yerba Buena’s debut release, President Alien. With fellow Virgin Islander Dion Parson, Blake is co-founder of the 21st Century Band, a Caribbean jazz band dedicated to combining the essence of jazz performance with the rhythms of Caribbean music. Blake is in his 12th season as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band on NBC.
Find out more about Ron Blake online 

Ron Blake, saxophone
Ernest Turner, piano 
Lance Scott, bass 
Michael D'Angelo, drums 

$6 general public, free to students with valid UNCW ID.

Advance tickets may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 910-962-3500 (M-F) 

Any remaining tickets will be available one hour prior to performance at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office.
UNCW students may obtain tickets in advance by going to the Kenan Auditorium Monday-Friday 12 - 6 p.m.
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Plenty of free parking, right next to Kenan Auditorium. 



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