Joe Blake Passes Away Aged 64.

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Prolific London Drummer, Joe Blake, Passes Away Aged 64.

Acclaimed percussionist and session musician Joe Blake, has passed away,following a brief illness.
Born in Camden, 1975, Joe’s star-studded career spans over 50 years; As a young boy, Joe played percussion at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall for Primrose Hill Junior Orchestra and subsequently went on to share his talents across europe, touring with pop artist Victor Scott, rock band Hawkwind and British singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor.
Joe also made a huge contribution as a session musician, recording with Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green, American musician John Tibbs and architect of electronic music, Vangelis, as well as his active role in education and community projects world-wide. Shortly before appearing on Tony Allen’s album N.E.P.A, Joe realised a life-long dream, when he jammed with Marvin Gaye in London.
Moving back to London in the 2000s, Joe’s session work continued across the reggae, rock, country and classical genres with various artists and live gigs with bands such as Special Brew and Rough Science.
The grandson of the legendary trinidadian jazz trumpeter Cyril ‘Midnight’ Blake, Joe also founded and managed his own bands: The Blue Houdini’s, Unique Hastings & The G.O.L. band.
Artists from across the industry have expressed “A truly deep sadness at the loss of such a light in music” and Joe leaves behind his loving long-term partner, brothers, sisters and family.

The Blake family have announced Joe’s funeral service to be held at East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium (N2 0RZ) 22nd July at 2.45pm and all are invited to join the family for a twilight picnic in the park at one of Joe’s favourite spots, Primrose Hill, Regents Park Road NW1 from 6pm.
The dress code for the day is bright.


For more information, please contact Joyte Blake-Brown on 07596554474 or email at


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