A gifted saxophonist, Seamus Blake is a forward-thinking improviser with a distinctive approach to modern creative jazz and swinging post-bop. Emerging in the '90s, he came to wide acclaim after winning the 2002 Thelonious Monk Jazz Award. An in-demand performer, Blake is a longtime member of the Mingus Big Band, as well as the Criss Cross label group Opus 5, and has worked with such similarly inclined artists as Alex Sipiagin, Victor Lewis, John Scofield, and more. As a leader, he has also released a handful of his own adventurous acoustic jazz albums, including 1997's Four Track Mind, 2007's Way Out Willy, and 2009's Bellwether. He also leads the genre-bending funk and jazz-rock-influenced outfit the Bloomdaddies. In 2017, he picked up a Juno Award nomination for Jazz Album of the Year for Superconductor.
Born in England in 1970, Blake grew up in Canada and eventually studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While there, he recorded with drummer Victor Lewis and Franco Ambrosetti. After graduating, he relocated to New York City and quickly established himself as a go-to sideman, working with such luminaries as drummer Billy Drummond, pianist Darrell Grant, saxophonist Mark Turner, and others. He has also toured with John Scofield, and is a regular member of the Mingus Big Band, having appeared on six of the group's Grammy-nominated albums.