Born to a Trinidadian mother and a Jamaican father in the Bronx, saxophonist T.K. Blue took up music as a child and later built a career infused with his Afro-Caribbean roots. Blue started playing the trumpet in school at age 8 but later switched to drums. For a brief time, his interest shifted from music to sports, but when he entered high school, he rededicated himself to music and started playing the flute. Blue studied music and psychology at New York University. During his undergraduate years, he started studying the saxophone and participating in Jazzmobile events and programs. Blue later went on to receive a master’s degree in music education from Columbia University.
Blue has worked in a wide range of settings. For three years he toured with Abdullah Ibrahim and subsequently moved to Paris. While living in Paris, his career only grew stronger. He recorded and released his first CD, “Egyptian Oasis,” in 1986. He had the opportunity to tour in and travel to 25 countries in Africa. Eventually, Blue moved back to New York in the 1990s and has stayed there ever since. Upon his arrival back in the States, Blue recorded his second album “Taja.” His latest album was released in 2017 and was called “Amour.”
Blue is also an educator. He has taught jazz studies at Suffolk Community College, Montclair State University and Long Island University.