Time Out New York

Time Out New York

Playing drums signified rebellion for Johnathan Blake—sort of. He started out on the instrument of his famed violinist father, John Blake, but was soon won over by the driving power of the skins. Lucky for entities like Roy Hargrove and the Mingus Big Band, Blake has learned how to temper...

Jazz Times Review

Jazz Times Review

Johnathan Blake : The Eleventh Hour : Sunnyside : By Aidan Levy

Philadelphia native Johnathan Blake got his start at the age of 6, playing a violin duet of “Many Ways to Say I Love You" on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood with his father, jazz violinist John Blake Jr. Before long,...

Johnathan Blake - Ultimate Modernist - NPR

Johnathan Blake - Ultimate Modernist - NPR

By John Murphy

Johnathan Blake is the ultimate modernist. As a drummer, he's as comfortable steering ensembles led by jazz veterans such as trumpeter Tom Harrell and saxophonist Oliver Lake as he is providing the pulse beneath rapper Q-Tip and deep-house diva Monday Michiru. Old-school strategies, though, still seep into...

On Johnathan Blake - CD Review

On Johnathan Blake - CD Review

Johnathan Blake : The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside) : By David R. Adler

It’s always worth noting when a respected sideman ventures out as a leader. But debuts are sink-or-swim affairs, so what of Johnathan Blake’s The Eleventh Hour? It swims, and thanks primarily to a sideman’s intimate knowledge that the...

The Eleventh Hour Review - All About Jazz

The Eleventh Hour Review - All About Jazz

Mark F. Turner

The health of an organism is its ability to reproduce and a fine example of jazz's continued vitality is heard on drummer Johnathan Blake's The Eleventh Hour. The debut's excellence comes as no surprise, though. This son of violinist John Blake Jr is already carving his name...

The Star-Ledger

The Star-Ledger

Listen to Johnathan Blake with trumpeter Tom Harrell or guitarist Russell Malone -- say on Harrell's "Light On" (HighNote) or Malone's "Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 2" (MaxJazz) -- and you hear an engaging and musical young drummer who supports a band with crisp, vital time delivered in an...

All About Jazz

All About Jazz

Johnathan Blake at Louis 649

The first thing that one notices about drummer Johnathan Blake is the setup of his kit; all the drum heads and cymbals are set parallel to the floor within a plane only a few inches high. This tight arrangement allows Blake economy of movement and...

New York Times

New York Times

Johnathan Blake is a drummer equally capable of muscular propulsion and subtle shading....
— Nate...