Seamus Blake

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Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake 2012.jpg
Blake in 2012
Background information
Born (1970-12-08)December 8, 1970
London, England
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1993–present
Labels Criss Cross
Associated acts Mingus Big Band

Seamus Blake (born 8 December 1970) 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.


With Dave Douglas


  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 2011-07-02. 
  4. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2011-02-26). "ARTS IN AMERICA; No Nightclub, Just Saxophones, Artfully Competing". The New York Times.