Diggin the life of John Blake Jr. It is with a sadden heart with me that he departed last week. I first met John when I was a freshman at The University of the Arts. I was honored to be in several small group classes with him. He was so full of knowledge of the language of jazz and would often speak upon working with Grover Washington, McCoy Tyner, etc. At times, John brought his son Jonathan to class and told us of how talented he was at playing drums. Well, at this time his son is a world famous jazz drummer traveling all over the world with his talent.
John took time to teach me privately on how to arrange for strings. I cannot thank him enough for encouraging me to be patient to develop my arranging skills.
Since my life after living in Philly I would see John throughout the years in NYC. We had lunch in midtown to catch up on music. I would go to see him perform at the Jazz Gallery or the Jazz Standard. Always being an incredible artist, teacher, human and friend.
Thank you for sharing your life with me and encouraging me to pursue my dream!