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John Blake Jr., Versatile Jazz Violinist, Dies At 67

Aug 28, 2014
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John Blake Jr., a jazz violinist who combined strong classical technique with the expressive power of African-American spirituals, folk music and blues, died on Friday in Philadelphia. He was 67.

Source: Nytimes

The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, said Charlotte Blake Alston, his sister.Mr. Blake was highly regarded for the energy and clarity of his playing, and for carving out a space for the violin in the realms of post-bop and jazz-funk.

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