Blake in 2012
December 8, 1970|
|Origin||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Associated acts||Mingus Big Band|
Seamus Blake (born 8 December 1970) is a Canadian tenor saxophonist.
Life and career
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. Upon graduation moved to New York. In February 2002 he won the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.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)
- Superconductor (5Passion, 2015)
- Bridges with Seamus Blake (AMP Music & Records, 2016)
With Dave Douglas
- Freak In (RCA, 2003)
- Janus, Cicily (2010). The New Face of Jazz. Billboard Books. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-8230-0065-4.
- Miller, Mark. The Miller Compendium to Jazz in Canada. The Mercury Press. pp. 21–23.
- "Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz". Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- Ratliff, Ben (2011-02-26). "ARTS IN AMERICA; No Nightclub, Just Saxophones, Artfully Competing". The New York Times.
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