Blake Gaines is a
bassist with a horn-like melodic style and driving lines with great
timing, according to Buddy Williams "more like gravity". His
choice of melodic and solo patterns hint to influences such as Chuck
Rainey, Alfonso Johnson, Stanley, Jaco Pastorius and John Patitucci.
Later he became known even more for his unique sound and speed, then called "The Fingers". He continued his studies in jazz and music education at Southern University in Baton Rouge Louisiana. There he performed with names like Willie Singleton, Henry Butler, Charlie Singleton, Banford Marsalis, Dennis Nelson, Wes Anderson, Raymond Harris, Randy Jackson (of American Idol), Ray Mutont, Herman Jackson and Donald Harris. While performing with the university jazz band and the Alvin Batiste Quartet, Blake still found the time to participate in the marching band and served as staff musical arranger.
One year later he
transfered to Jackson State University where he studied horn, jazz and
arranging with Professor Davis, performed with the incomparable Andy
Hardwick and earned a Bachelor in Music Education. Blake also holds a
Masters in Music Education from The University of Central Oklahoma, and
currently working on his Ph D. in Music Education at Ohio State