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