Saxophonist, T.K. Blue

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Saxophonist, T.K. Blue

T.K. Blue is a musician of the highest caliber who is at the peak of his

creative output. His artistry is found on over seventy recordings and

has performed with a long list of great international artists.

T.K. graduated with a B.A. in Music and Psych. from New York Univ.

and a Master’s in Music Ed. at Columbia Univ. He is now the Director

of Jazz Studies at Long Island University-LIU-Post Campus directing the

big band, jazz combos, teaching music theory and jazz improvisation,

Jazz History, the History of Rock, World Music, and private students.

At NYU, he studied with saxophonist-composer Jimmy Giuffre, whose

emphasis on having a beautiful tone and playing melodically would

became hallmarks of Blue’s mature style. He took advantage of free

jazz classes offered around New York City by the organizations

Jazzmobile, Henry Street Settlement, The Muse, and Jazz Interactions.

His teachers at those programs included Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster,

Ernie Wilkins, Paul West, Billy Mitchell, Reggie Workman, Rahsaan

Roland Kirk, and Yusef Lateef.

Gigging around NYC in the mid-Seventies with the Natives, a group led

by South African pianist Ndikho Xaba, he met Abdullah Ibrahim, then

known as Dollar Brand. Joining the exiled South African pianist’s band

in 1977, he spent three years touring

the world with Ibrahim, with whom

he recorded three albums.

Show times 8PM & 10PM ~ $2



T.K. Blue is a musician of the highest caliber who is at the peak of his

creative output. His artistry is found on over seventy recordings and

has performed with a long list of great international artists.

T.K. graduated with a B.A. in Music and Psych. from New York Univ.

and a Master’s in Music Ed. at Columbia Univ. He is now the Director

of Jazz Studies at Long Island University-LIU-Post Campus directing the

big band, jazz combos, teaching music theory and jazz improvisation,

Jazz History, the History of Rock, World Music, and private students.

At NYU, he studied with saxophonist-composer Jimmy Giuffre, whose

emphasis on having a beautiful tone and playing melodically would

became hallmarks of Blue’s mature style. He took advantage of free

jazz classes offered around New York City by the organizations

Jazzmobile, Henry Street Settlement, The Muse, and Jazz Interactions.

His teachers at those programs included Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster,

Ernie Wilkins, Paul West, Billy Mitchell, Reggie Workman, Rahsaan

Roland Kirk, and Yusef Lateef.

Gigging around NYC in the mid-Seventies with the Natives, a group led

by South African pianist Ndikho Xaba, he met Abdullah Ibrahim, then

known as Dollar Brand. Joining the exiled South African pianist’s band

in 1977, he spent three years touring

the world with Ibrahim, with whom

he recorded three albums.