Grammy-nominated drummer and composer, Johnathan Blake, has been working steadily in the contemporary jazz scene for the past 10 years. He has been a first-call drummer for many notable jazz musicians such as Russell Malone, Tom Harrell, David Sanchez, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, and Oliver Lake to name a few. His musicianship, professionalism, and positive attitude are a few of the attributes that make him the choice drummer for many. In addition to being a sideman, Johnathan performs with his own group internationally.
Johnathan Blake was born in Philadelphia on July 1st, 1976, son of a world- renown jazz violinist, John Blake, Jr. Naturally, Johnathan was introduced to the world of jazz music by his father from early on. Although, Johnathan began playing violin at age three under his father’s guidance, he never felt at home with the instrument. He always felt a close connection to the drums in spite of his father’s desire for Johnathan to become a violinist.
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“Johnathan Blake is without peer among young drummers for
clarity of his beat and incisiveness of his swing.”
~~ Brian Lynch, Grammy Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter.