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After All These Years, Jazz Giant Plans Hometown Gig

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Unless you're a musician or jazz geek, you've probably never heard of Ran Blake. But the 73-year-old pianist has more than 30 albums to his name and has played countless concerts from New York to Greece.

Tomorrow he's playing in a place that's completely new and completely familiar to him: Blake's performance at the Vernissage restaurant on Beacon Street will be his first public show in his hometown of Brookline.

“It's a wonderful, terrific street, Beacon Street," Blake said of his neighborhood. “You have hints of yuppie-ism, but you still have diversity."

And that diversity, he adds,includes such favorite spots as “places like Dalia's, the Khoa Sarn, Rani's Indian Bistro, all the different places to just get a small platter of hors d'oeuvres or dessert."

Blake, who may be best known for his jazz interpretations of film noir, also is happy “to look at the street or walk to the library at night."

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