Michael Blake
Saxophonist Composer Arranger

Live Performances

Gigs are back! Michael is thrilled to share some upcoming shows happening this season in NYC.

News

Michaels latest album, Combobulate is out now! The second release in Newvelle Records Renewal Series is a celebratory and unique exploration of Michael's inimitable compositions and arrangements featuring a brass section of unparalleled excellence, including TWO legendary Tuba players Bob Stewart and Marcus Rojas, Steven Bernstein on Trumpet, Clark Gayton on Trombone and Allan Mednard on drums. Featuring all new arrangements by Michael, Combobulate combines his originals with compositions both by his son, Roland, and Lounge Lizards boss, John Lurie. Watch the band recording Malagasy in the studio.

Michael's tenor sax gets harmonised through a H-3000 on Jesse Harris’s latest single Hummingbird. Jesse’s album Silver Balloon drops Oct 21st.

P&M Records have released their third project, a reissue of - "More Like Us". Michael's 2006 follow up album to Blake Tartare caught the band at a high point when they would move between free improvised playing and Michael's tunes. This one also featured the Great Danes: Kresten Osgood, Soren Kjaergaard, Jonas Westergaard with singer/songwriter Maria Laurette-Friis, cellist Jane Scarpantoni and Steven Bernstein. Michael also plays a little clarinet and croons a low down version of The Slickers classic Johnny Too Bad. It is now available to stream here.

P&M Records back catalogue is here. In early 2023 they will be releasing "Dance of the Mystic Bliss". Watch this space for more news about the release! This session featuring strings and Brazilian percussion was mixed by Michael's long time collaborator, engineer Scott Harding.

Recently uploaded to You Tube:
Blake and Brass XL - Live at Bar Lunatico
Michael Blake Trio - Live at Smalls Jazz Club

On Feb 9th Michael was subject of an in depth interview on Polski Radio with Janusz Jablonski and Tomasz Gregorczyk. You can listen back to it here...www.polskieradio.pl

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michaelblake.bandcamp.com/music

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Updated : 17 10 2022