Seamus Blake

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Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake 2012.jpg
Blake in 2012
Background information
Born December 1970 (age 43–44)
London, England
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Saxophonist
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1993-present
Associated acts Mingus Big Band

Seamus Blake (born December 1970)[when?] is a Canadian tenor saxophonist.

Life and career[edit]

Born in London, England, Blake was brought up in Vancouver, Canada. His mother introduced him to jazz when he was a child and he later attended Berklee School of Music in Boston.[1] Upon graduation moved to New York.[2] In February 2002 he won the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.[3][4] He currently plays with his own quintet (featuring David Kikoski, Lage Lund, Bill Stewart, and Matt Clohesy) and has been a regular with the Mingus Big Band as well as many other New York musicians.


  • The Call (Criss Cross Jazz 1993)
  • The Bloomdaddies (Criss Cross Jazz 1995)
  • Four Track Mind (Criss Cross Jazz 1994)
  • Echonomics (Criss Cross Jazz 1999)
  • Stranger Things Have Happened (Fresh Sound 1999)
  • Way Out Willy (Criss Cross Jazz 2006)
  • Live in Italy (Jazz Eyes 2008)
  • Bellwether (Criss Cross Jazz 2008)
  • Live at Smalls (Smalls Live 2009)
  • Reeds Ramble (Criss Cross Jazz 2013)


  1. ^ Janus, Cicily (2010). The New Face of Jazz. Billboard Books. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-8230-0065-4. 
  2. ^ Miller, Mark. The Miller Compendium to Jazz in Canada. The Mercury Press. pp. 21–23. 
  3. ^ "Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz". Retrieved 07-02-2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2011-02-26). "ARTS IN AMERICA; No Nightclub, Just Saxophones, Artfully Competing". The New York Times.