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Russel Blake

Born: May 27, 1961    Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Russel Blake

Mr. Russel Blake has been a professional musician, solo artist, and educator for over three decades. He received his initial music instruction from his father, jazz great Alex Blake, and from his brother, jazz artist Alex Blake II. But Russel Blake’s theory, compositional, and musical arrangement skills are all self-taught.

As an educator, Mr. Blake has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Bass Studies at four universities across the country. To date, he has performed, toured, and lectured in 65 countries on five continents.

Blake is the creator of “The Universal Language Music History & Cultural Program” through which he has taught the history of music to a variety of audiences, from elementary through high school, colleges and universities, to senior centers, prisons, hospitals, military installations, and art galleries. ...
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Awards:

Russel Blake is the recipient of the Kellogg Foundation’s prestigious "Artist in Residency" Award.
As a Leader

Ten Fingers & Four Strings Solo Series (4 Vols.)
Man of Psalms Records
2008

Quiet Strength
Man of Psalms Records
2008

Silent Power
Man of Psalms Records
2007

As A Side Musician

Milestone Profiles
Sonny Rollins
Fantasy Records
2006

Jazz Baby 3 CD Series
Cybill Shepherd
Casablanca Kids
2005

In The Street
The Village People
Can't Stop Productions
1999

Something Grand
Hilton Ruiz
RCA / Novus
1986

Sunny Days, Starry Nights
Sonny Rollins
Milestone
1984

Blowin'
Paquito D'Rivera
CBS Records
1981

House of Music
TS Monk
Mirage Records
1981

More of the Good Life
TS Monk
Mirage Records
1981

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