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Aug. 4-11, 2024

John Hadfield and Ron Blake Duo

A love of Improvisation is the binding element and motivation behind this collaborative project of John Hadfield and Ron Blake. This democratic unit of saxophones, electronics, drums and percussion defies tradition and truly embraces adventure, creativity and chaos while being perfectly synchronized. In addition to their own compositions, they explore and create spontaneously for the audience who discover the work simultaneously with the artists who bring it to life. 


JOHN HADFIELD: As a composer and percussionist, John Hadfield’s dedication to music has taken him from his native Missouri to performing globally. He has released four albums of his own compositions and composes for many projects, and has performed with the Saturday Night Live Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Silk Road Ensemble. He has collaborated on more than 100 recordings, including the GRAMMY award winning albums.


RON BLAKE: Ron Blake’s dedication to music has taken him to global stages, performing with artists such as Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, and Art Farmer. A member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live Band for 18 seasons, he has released five albums as a leader. Blake has collaborated on over 60 recordings and is a faculty member at Juilliard since 2007. He co-founded the Caribbean Jazz Institute and the 21st Century Band​