T.K. Blue’s Music submitted for GRAMMY® Consideration

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T.K. Blue

T.K. BLUE’S MUSIC HAS BEEN SUBMITTED FOR GRAMMY® CONSIDERATION.

T.K. Blue, the highly esteemed alto saxophonist and composer, demonstrates the highest level of musicianship with the purity of his alto sax sound and his stellar performances on the melodic romantic music of The Tide of Love (with Stefon Harris on vibes), as well as the virtuosic jazz of the upbeat South Side Samba (with Randy Brecker on trumpet). His passionate artistry spans the world of Jazz standards, Jobim Bossa Nova classics, Afro Jazz, and his own original compositions, creating a hypnotic and memorable music experience.

THE TIDE OF LOVE 

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That’s All – Best Jazz Performance
The Tide of Love – Best Instrumental Album
The Tide of Love – Best Instrumental Composition 

SOUTHSIDE SAMBA

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South Side Samba – Best Jazz Performance
South Side Samba – Best Arrangement, Instrumental

 

WATCH T.K. BLUE PERFORM “THAT’S ALL” AT THE NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM

REVIEWS

“In every context, T.K. Blue asserts himself as one of the brightest talents in jazz today.”   
– Geoffrey Hines, The Washington Post

“Saxophonist / Flutist / Composer T.K. Blue’s musical exploits, on the bandstand and in the recording studio, shout and scream ‘artist deserving wider recognition.” 
– Willard Jenkins

“If you’re saxophonist T.K. Blue, you turn to the soft(er) and the subtle, delivering an album that’s texturally rich yet wholly transparent. Blue’s brand of music is honest, sincere, graceful and direct; that same adjective set, not surprisingly, also applies to the man himself. Blue isn’t about posturing or pushing the envelope to earn a progressive tag. He’s about the music and the feeling it creates, both in the artist and the listener. Blue’s skills as an arranger, perhaps more than anything else, are responsible for the success of this project, as he’s able to create beauty from simplicity at times.”   
– Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

ABOUT T.K. BLUE

Highly esteemed saxophonist flautist, composer and educator, T.K. Blue began his life in music from Long Island, NY. His parents were Jamaican and Trinidadian, and he has used their Afro-Caribbean musical styles in his own work. While attending New York University with a double major in Music and Psychology, Blue threw himself headlong into music, concentrating on the saxophone. He took lessons (as part of the Jazzmobile program) with Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster and Ernie Wilkins, as well as from tenor legend Billy Mitchell. In 1979 Blue received his Masters in Music Education from Columbia University.

A musical leader, with more than a dozen albums in his own name, T.K. Blue collaborated closely with NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, for whom he was musical director for over three decades. After performing and traveling extensively with South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) from 1977 to 1980, T.K. moved to Paris in 1981, remaining until 1989. He also worked with Don Cherry, Jayne Cortez, and singer Jimmy Scott. In 1986 he recorded Egyptian Oasis, his first record as a leader, and that sparked a number of State Department tours to some 20 countries in Africa. 

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