6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp online $22 pp at door $12 pp (food/drink)
T.K. Blue–alto/soprano sax, flute, kalimba
Paul Beaudry : bass,
Greg Murphy : piano
George Coleman Jr:drums
T.K. Blue (Saxophonist/Flautist): composer, educator, bandleader and current musical director
and arranger for NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. T.K. Blue appears on over eighty recordings
and has performed with such artists as Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp,
Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Melba Liston, Chico Hamilton, Stefon Harris, Regina Carter,
Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott, Jayne Cortez, Benny Powell, Mal Waldron,
Winard Harper, Warren Wolf, Gregoire Maret, Allan Harris, Candido Camera, Bobby Sanabria,
Steve Turre, and Arturo O’Farrill, to name just a few. In May 2017, T.K. released Amour, his 11th
CD, cited as one of the best jazz recordings of the year by DownBeat Magazine (four stars).
Deeply indebted to organizations such as Jazzmobile, Jazz-interactions, Henry Street
Settlement, and the Muse for his own jazz studies, T.K. has remained committed to music
education from pre-K to the university level. In addition Professor Blue has a Bachelor’s Degree
in Liberal Arts from NYU, with a major in Music and Psychology, and a Master’s in Music
Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He has taught at Suffolk Community
College, Montclair State University, and Long Island University where he was also the Director
of Jazz Studies from 2007 to 2014. In 2007, T.K was commissioned by NYSCA and Transart Inc.
to compose a work dedicated to the early African American presence in the Hudson Valley area
of upstate New York. He released Follow the North Star, a suite based on the life of Solomon
Northup and his memoir, Twelve Years a Slave.
Having lived close to ten years in Paris, T.K. Blue was hired by the USIA and his band embarked
on three State Department Tours of Africa. He currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey and
continues to perform, teach privately, and engage in clinics and adjudication.