Dan Blake has been featured as a composer and performer throughout Europe, South America, and the United States, most recently performing at Blue Note, Sweet Rhythm, The Aspen Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Peru, and the Scarborough Jazz Festival. At the age of 27, he has already established himself as a positive force in many aspects of creative music. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2006, he has built a strong foundation as a respected member in contemporary music through his many efforts in producing, composing, performing, and teaching new music.
For his work as a composer and performer of jazz music, Dan Blake recently was awarded the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Grand Prize, as well as ASCAP’s Young Jazz Composer’s award of the same year for his debut recording “The Party Suite”. This work was selected by the Boston Globe as 2006 Jazz Pick, and was also critically acclaimed by many New York and Boston area publications. His compositions have been featured by many of New York’s finest chamber ensembles including Duo Diorama, redfish bluefish ensemble, and The Kenners. Mr. Blake’s versatility and eclectic interests have allowed him to develop a career as a performing saxophonist, composer of a wide variety of new music, and producer of community events focused on the presentation of new and experimental music. In February 2007, Dan Blake founded and co-curates “Saturday, New Music,” a concert series dedicated to contemporary music in Brooklyn, currently presented by the Secret Project Robot Gallery in Williamsburg.