Jerry Blake

Jerry Blake (January 23, 1908 – December 31, 1961) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist.

Blake was born "Jacinto Chabania" in Gary, Indiana and grew up in Nashville. He played violin before switching to reeds. In 1924 he toured with the Sells-Fioto Circus Band, but was left stranded in Chicago; making the best of the situation, he joined Al Wynn's band. He then played with Bobby Lee and Charlie Turner, then toured Europe in 1928-29 as a member of Sam Wooding's ensemble. In the 1930s he played in the US with Chick Webb, Zack Whyte, and Don Redman (1933–34) before returning to Europe to play with Willie Lewis in 1934-35. Once more in the United States, he spent time playing with Claude Hopkins, Fletcher Henderson (1936–38), and Cab Calloway (1938–42); he served as Calloway's musical director for part of that period.

In the early 1940s Blake played with Count Basie, Earl Hines, Lionel Hampton, and Redman again, but around 1943 Blake had a mental breakdown and was unable to play again for the rest of his life, most of which he spent in institutions. He never recorded as a leader.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1908 (Gary), Died 1961

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W152717 10-in. 2/23/1934 Get goin' Benny Morton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W152718 10-in. 2/23/1934 Fare-thee-well to Harlem Benny Morton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Decca 81462 8/28/1951 Budd's boogie Joe Black and his Boogie Woogie Boys instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81463 8/28/1951 Lovely evening blues Joe Black and his Boogie Woogie Boys instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81464 8/28/1951 Tyree's boogie-1 Joe Black and his Boogie Woogie Boys instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 81465 8/28/1951 Flag wavin' boogie Joe Black and his Boogie Woogie Boys instrumentalist, piano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Blake, Jerry," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109836.

Blake, Jerry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109836.

"Blake, Jerry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109836

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