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Composer , jazz pianist

Ran Blake, American Jazz pianist, composer. Recipient Radio Corporation of America Album First prize Germany, 1963, Prix Billie Holiday, 1980; Guggenheim fellow, 1982, National Endowment Arts fellow in Jazz Composition, 1982, Massachusetts Arts Foundation fellow, 1982, MacArthur Fellowship Foundation award, 1988.


Blake, Ran was born on April 20, 1935 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Philip Randall and Alison (Powers) Blake.


Bachelor, Bard College, 1960.


Teacher New England Conservatory, Boston, since 1967, chairman contemporary improvisation third stream department, since 1973. Faculty Hartford Conservatory Music, 1972-1975. Music columnist Morningsider, 1960-1962.

Contributor articles to professional journals.


  • Other Work

    • Appearances include, Monterrey Festival, 1962, Antibes (France) Music Festival, 1963, Lake Como (Italy) Jazz, 1977, Nancy (France) Jazz Pulsations Festival, 1977, New England Life Hall, Boston, 1977, Contemporary Music Festival, Southern Methodist University, 1977, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, 1978, University Massachusetts, 1978, 79, Mexico City, 1978, Bogota, Colombia, 1978, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1978, Mendoza, Argentina, 1978, Rosario, Argentina, 1978, Tucuman, Argentina, 1978, Festival d'Anjou, Angers, France, 1978, Harvard University, 1978, New York City, 1978, Lulu White's, Boston, 1978, Fisk University, 1979, Vanderbilt University, 1979, Alabama School Fine Arts, 1979, Jonathan Swift's, Boston, 1979, 80, 82, New England Conservatory, 1979, 80, 81, 82, 83, University Massachusetts, 1979, Black Beans Studio, New York City, 1979, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1979, American Embassy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1979, Brandon (Manitoba) University, 1979, Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, 1979, McGill University, 1979, University Quebec, 1979, Sweet Basil's, New York City, 1979, Theatre du Ranelagh, Paris, 1980, Church of the Covenant, Boston, 1980, Milan, Italy, 1980, West Bank Cafe, New York City, 1980, Berlin Jazz Festival, 1980, University Padua, Italy, 1980, Bunratty's, Boston, 1981, Rome, 1981, Third Stream Festival, Boston, 1982, St. Botolph Club, Boston, 1982, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, 1983, Kivik, Sweden, 1983, Nuclear Freeze Concert, Boston, 1983, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, 1983, Fontbonne College, St. Louis, 1983, American Conservatory Music, 1983, Jazz Showcase, 1983, New England Conservatory, 1984, numerous others. Appeared on television shows, Flemish television, radio, 1963, 66-67, concerts in ten European countries. Recording artist: (with Jeanne Lee) Newest Sound Around, 1962, reissued, 1980.

      R.B. Plays Solo Piano, 1966, The Blue Potato and Other Outrages, 1969, Breakthru, 1975, Wende, 1976, Open City, 1977, Crystal Trip, 1977, Take One, 1978, Take Two, 1978, Rapport, 1978, Realization of a Dream, 1978, Third Stream Today, 1979, Film Noir, 1980, Third Stream Recompositions, 1980, Improvisations with Jaki Byard, 1982, Duke Dreams, 1982, Portfolio of Doktor Mabuse, 1983, Ran Blake: Suffield Gothic, 1984, Short Life of Barbara Monk, 1986, You Stepped out of a Cloud, 1989, The Compleat Ran Blake, 1989, That Certain Feeling, Epistrophy, 1991, Masters From Different Worlds, 1994, Round About, 1994, Duke Dreams: The Legacy of Strayhorn Ellington, 1994, Unmarked Van, 1997, (with Anthony Braxton) A Memory of Vienna, 1997. Subject of numerous articles. Arts columnist: Bay State Banner, since 1974.


Active American Committee For Democracy in Greece, 1967. Member American Association of University Professors, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Metropolitan Cultural Alliance, Massachusetts Council Arts and Humanities, American Association Music Therapy, World Jazz Society, Associate Musicians Greater New York, Music Critics Association, College Music Society, Film Society New York.


Philip Randall Blake

Alison (Powers) Blake