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
Website seamusblake.com

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.

Discography[edit]

With Dave Douglas

References[edit]

  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.