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Orpheus Project Presents: Seamus Blake Trio

16 November 2016

The Orpheus Project is proud to present tenor superstar Seamus Blake as their third featured artist.


Blake will be joined by the exceptional talents of Ross Stanley on organ and James Maddren on drums.

With 16 albums as leader and over 70 as a sideman, Blake has built up a global following and is widely recognised as being one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz.

Seamus Blake was born December 1970 in England and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 21, while still a student at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College, he was asked to record with legendary drummer Victor Lewis.  After graduation, he moved to New York, where he rapidly established himself on the New York jazz scene.  In February 2002, Seamus took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D. C. As the winner, he performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.

Seamus has played on six of of the Grammy nominated Mingus bands’ albums   He continues to play and record with Bill Stewart, Kevin Hays, David Kikoski and Alex Sipiagin.  Seamus is frequently featured as a guest artist. In 2010 he was guest of honor at the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington hosted by the US Navy Band.  Seamus was a member of John Scofield’s Quiet Band and toured and recorded with Dave Douglas. Some of the many other artists he has worked with include Eric Reed, Ethan Iverson, Chris Cheek, and Matt Penman.

The trio will perform across the North in February 2017 including dates at Southport Jazz Festival, Newcastle, Leeds, Grimsby, Wakefield, Ribble Valley and London. Seamus will also host a masterclass at Leeds College of Music.

We are all very excited to welcome Seamus as our third Orpheus Project artist. Whenever his name is mentioned, there’s a buzz of excitement amongst musicians and listeners – being able to bring him to small venues and share this music with audiences and promoters is a great feeling. The atmosphere at these gigs is going to be electric.- Kim Macari, Apollo Jazz Network Director

Seamus Blake’s tour is third in a series of tours supported by Arts Council England and in partnership with NORVOL Jazz.

“extraordinary, a total saxophonist” – John Scofield

“Few artists are capable of delivering near-perfection every time but Blake is one of them, with nary a misstep here and a consistent ability to create a clear narrative with every solo.” – All About Jazz

“…a high-energy, positive musical force. He’s a double-time wonder, always articulate and exciting, constructing cascades of melodies that are marvels of logic and exertion.” – Ottawa Citizen