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Violinist John Blake Jr. Dead at 67

Worked as leader and with McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington Jr., and others

John Blake Jr.
John Blake Jr.
John Blake Jr.

Violinist John Blake Jr. passed away Aug. 15 from complications of multiple myeloma, according to a Facebook post from his son, Johnathan Blake. The place of death was not mentioned but the elder Blake was 67.

Blake recorded several albums as a leader for the Gramavision and Sunnyside labels, and served as a sideman for artists such as Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, Steve Turre and others.

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