T. K. Blue
T.K. Blue is a musician of the highest caliber who is at the peak of his creative output. Mr. Blue’s artistry is found on over eighty recordings and he has performed with a long list of great international artists such as Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, Chico Hamilton, Jayne Cortez, Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Regina Carter, Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Scott, Benny Powell, and a multitude of additional jazz masters.
Professor Blue has a BA in Music and Psychology from NYU and a MA in Music Education from Teacher’s College Columbia University.
T.K. Blue has recorded over 75 of his original compositions and 11 CDs as a leader. He is also featured on over 80 recordings. His most recent CD is entitled Amour on Dot Time Records with a release date of May 12, 2017.
In 2007 T.K. received a commission from the NYSCA and Transart INC to compose new music reflecting the African American experience in upstate Hudson Valley area of New York. The result was his CD Follow The North Star dedicated to Solomon Northup and his memoir 12 Years A Slave.
Mr. Blue’s original compositions can be heard in the French documentary “Memoires de la Traite de L’Esclavage des Abolitions” on the history of slavery in France. In addition his compositions are featured in a documentary still in production called “While We Are Still Here” on the life of famous African American musicians/artists/writers, who lived on Edgecomb Ave in Harlem. Mr. Blue is also featured on the soundtrack for a film called Queen City starring Vivica A. Fox and with Randy Weston on the documentary called Kemtiyu, about the life of Cheikh Anta Diop.
The T.K. Blue Group
T.K. Blue has performed extensively in the Baltimore/Washington DC area since the 1990’s. He organized a quartet with Eric Kennedy on drums, Jeff Reed on bass, and Warren Wolf on piano and vibes. The band and the music felt incredible and Blue decided to record his next project with this ensemble. An additional concert was performed followed by a live DVD recording for Jazz Encounters. Then in May 2016 they went into Blue House Recording Studios to record T.K.’s 11th CD as a leader called Amour on Dot Time Records.
Each musician of this group brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to the bandstand. In addition the warm friendship and spiritual bond they formed excelled the music to new heights and uncharted territory.
Preparations are being made for future performances with this group. Also on Amour is the extraordinary talent of harmonica master Gregoire Maret. T.K. and Gregoire performed together with vocalist Jimmy Scott. Gregoire would be a special guest with the T.K. Blue Quartet featuring Warren Wolf.