Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Blair, John, violinist; b. Toledo, OH, 8 November 1943. His mother is Evelyn Blair and his father is Lorenzo Blair. He started violin at age 5. He's classically trained. He got a scholarship at age 16 to the Eastman School of Music. He studied at Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He performed with White House strolling strings for Kennedy and Johnson then pursued jazz. He's played with Alice Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ornette Coleman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stanley Turrentine, Duke Ellington, Roberta Flack, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Tito Puente, Ray Barreto, Sir Roland Hanna, Stanley Cowell, and many others.