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
|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|
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.
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