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Michael Blake

An enduring presence for the last 30 years, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Michael Blake has built his reputation playing jazz and creative music in New York City. This visionary composer and arranger has produced a cornucopia of recordings that vary in context and mood. He has played tenor and soprano saxophone with a diverse range of artists including Lounge Lizards, Charlie Hunter, Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9 and Ray Lamontagne

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”This is music unbound in time...perfectly executed” DownBeat - James Hale

”Not only is it one of the year's best jazz albums, but it's another gem in a career filled with them” Chicago Reader - Peter Margasak

”Panoramic imagination” The New York Times

”Saxophonist Michael Blake‘s 2016 release is astonishing, exploding with intricate details and unleashing one grand statement after the other. Everything about this album indicates a sound and vision steps ahead of the music of today.” Dave Sumner, Bird is the Word

”Incredibly inventive use of technique and emotion with an astuteness that ought to be the envy of musicians everywhere” Jazz da Gama

”You can hear Archie Shepp and Lucky Thompson and Coltrane and Dewey Redman in Mr

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)

Poznan Music Conservatory (Poznan, Poland)

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (Aarhus, Denmark)

Oxford University (Oxford, England)

University of London (London, England)

University of Southampton (Southampton, England)

Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimaraes Portugal)

Souza Lima (San Paulo, Brazil)

Koninklijk Conservatory (Antwerpen, Belgium)

Capilano University (Vancouver, Canada)

Vancouver Community College (Vancouver, Canada)

Brown University (Providence, RI)

Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)

Penn State University (University Park, PA)

Cornish College (Seattle, WA)

Clinic/Workshop Information

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Consolidated Artists Productions


Red Hook Soul




Songlines Recordings


Tiddy Boom

Sunnyside Records


One from None

Fresh Sound Records




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