• WBGO Says Goodbye To Violinist John Blake, Jr.

    August 19, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says goodbye to  master violinist, teacher, folklorist, and dear friend John Blake, Jr., who passed away Aug. 15 at age 67 from the complications of multiple myeloma.

    He is survived by his wife Barbara Blake, son Johnathan, daughters Beverly Blake Woodson and Jennifer Blake Watson, his two sisters Vivian Carson and Charlotte Blake-Alston, his two brothers Alan and Elliot Blake, and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and grandchildren.

    The family thanks John's extended family of friends, students and admirers for their prayers and kind words.

    John visited WBGO in 2010 to play and talk about his recording Motherless Child, which celebrated the history of African-American spirituals. We'd like to share this conversation and solo performance with you again now:


    There will be a public viewing in Philadelphia on Sunday, August 24th at:

    Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
    7112 N. Broad St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19126
    (215) 549-4700
    1pm-3:30 p.m.

    This will be followed by Going Home Services on Monday, August 25th at:

    Sharon Baptist Church
    3955 Conshohocken Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA. 19131
    (215) 473-3000
    Viewing: 9-11 a.m.
    Service: 11 a.m.

  • Horace Silver Memorial Service: July 7 at 7 p.m.

    July 1, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    A memorial service will be held Monday, July 7 at 7 p.m. for pianist and composer Horace Silver, at the Saint Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church at 290 Henry Street in Manhattan, NY, 10002.

    Attire is casual, and the family requests flowers not be sent to the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to:

    Horace Silver Foundation

    20 Emerson Point

    New Rochelle, NY 10801

    Silver passed away June 18 at his home in New Rochelle from cardiac arrest.

    Born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1928, Silver got his first big break in 1950. when saxophonist Stan Getz heard the pianist's group in Hartford and invited them on tour. Moving to New York in 1951, he recorded many memorable sessions for the Blue Note Records and remained with the label until 1980.

    Silver, who was honored as an NEA Jazz Master in 1995, will be remembered for his soulful hard-bop performances and compositions, which include "Peace," "Song For My Father," "Sister Sadie" and "The Preacher."

    WBGO says goodbye to this dear friend and master musician. Our condolences go out to Jemela, Greg, other family members and the countless others he touched over the years.

    Thank you, Horace, and rest in peace!

    Photo by Dimitri Savitski

  • Pheeroan AkLaff on Dolphy Tribute: Listen Now

    May 29, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer Pheeroan AkLaff talks with Sheila Anderson about "Freedom Of Sound," a two-day celebration of saxophonist Eric Dolphy at Montclair State University May 30 and 31. Enjoy!