Seamus Blake

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Seamus Blake
Seamus Blake 2012.jpg
Blake in 2012
Background information
Born (1970-12-08) December 8, 1970 (age 48)
London, England
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
InstrumentsSaxophone, EWI
Years active1993–present
LabelsCriss Cross
Seamus Blake performing with
Aarhus Jazz Orchestra
in Aarhus Denmark 2017

Seamus Blake (born December 8, 1970) is a Canadian tenor saxophonist and composer currently residing in New York City.


Blake was born in London, England and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, 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, he moved to New York City.[2] In February 2002, he won the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition.[3][4][5] 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.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Dave Douglas

With Wycliffe Gordon

  • Dig This!! (Criss Cross, 2003)

With Opus 5

  • Introducing Opus 5 (Criss Cross, 2011)
  • Pentasonic (Criss Cross, 2012)
  • Progression (Criss Cross, 2014)
  • Tickle (Criss Cross, 2015)

With Antonio Sanchez

With Bill Stewart

  • Space Squid (Pirouet Records, 2016)[7]

With Jesse van Ruller

  • Circles (Criss Cross, 2002)[8]
  • Views (Criss Cross, 2005)[8]


  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. ^ Murphy, Sean. "A Conversation with Seamus Blake" (HMTL). JazzEd Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  4. ^ "Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz". Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  5. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2011-02-26). "ARTS IN AMERICA; No Nightclub, Just Saxophones, Artfully Competing". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Chinen, Nate. "Review: Antonio Sánchez With 2 Albums, 'The Meridian Suite' and 'Three Times Three'" (HMTL). New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  7. ^ BILAWSKY, Dan. "Bill Stewart: Space Squid" (HMTL). All About Jazz. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  8. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1441. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.