Ron Blake

College Division

College Division: 

  • Jazz Saxophone, Jazz Studies

Contact Information

Contact Information

Born in Virgin Islands

Began studying guitar at 8 and turned to the saxophone at 10. Taught at the U. of South Florida before moving to New York, where he spent five years as trumpeter in Roy Hargrove's quintet, and seven years playing flugelhorn in Art Farmer's group. Formed his own quartet, which included pianist Shedrick Mitchell, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Greg Hutchinson. Has made more than 40 recordings with his contemporaries as well as with legendary artists Benny Golson, Jimmy Smith, Dianne Reeves, Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Arthur Taylor, and Art Farmer. Has performed at major jazz festivals and clubs internationally and has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Haynes, and Ray Brown.

Degrees and Studies

Attended Northwestern U.

The Juilliard School

Faculty since 2007.