Town and Country and Beyond
On the heels of their New York appearance, named one of the best performances of 2017 by Nate Chinen of WGBO and highlighted by the New York Times as one of the “Ten Things to do in NYC Now,” New England Conservatory faculty members and long-time musical partners vocalist Dominique Eade and pianist Ran Blake continue and extend the celebration of their widely-acclaimed 2017 Sunnyside recording, Town and Country on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at MIT’s Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA.
Voted the #2 Jazz Vocal CD by the 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, Town and Country brings listeners on a journey through the American folk tradition with unique takes on Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, traditional folk tunes, gospel classics and more. On February 3, they will expand their repertoire to include original music and obscure standards.
Four and a half stars. “[Blake and Eade] can instantly access deep emotional and musical essences…chilling the bones and soothing the soul. – Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat
"Likewise, their take on ‘Moon River’ is everything you could possibly want from that song. This isn't just the best protest jazz album of the year so far, it's the best album of 2017.”
– Alan Young, New York Music Daily
In a career that spans five decades, pianist/composer/educator and MacArthur recipient Ran Blake has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake's singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes nearly 50 albums on some of the world's finest jazz labels, as well almost 50 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston's New England Conservatory.
Dominique Eade is a vocalist, improviser and composer whose wide-ranging work with artists from Anthony Braxton and Ran Blake to Stanely Cowell and Dave Holland over the past four decades has earned her much critical acclaim. She has recorded seven CDs under her own name, including two for RCA Victor. A renowned educator, Eade has been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music since the early ‘80s, where she has mentored some of the most recognized singers in jazz, folk and alternative music including Luciana Souza, Rachael Price and Aoife O’Donovan.