Sam Blakeslee Quintet: "Selective Coverage" CD Release @ BOP STOP
When Feb 16, 2018, 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Sam Blakeslee Quintet announces the release of their debut album “Selective Coverage,” due to be released worldwide on CD Baby, iTunes, and Spotify on 10/1/2017! To celebrate this release, BOP STOP has partnered with Blu Jazz+ in Akron to present two Northeast Ohio concerts.
- Sam Blakeslee - Trombone
- Brandon Coleman - guitar
- Theron Brown - piano
- Kip Reed - bass
- Dan Pugach - drums
NYC-based jazz trombonist and composer Sam Blakeslee combines personal storytelling as well as social commentary on Selective Coverage that features Brandon Coleman on guitar, Jorn Swart on piano, Cory Todd on bass, and Dan Pugach on drums. In addition to leading the quintet, Sam Blakeslee has shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Sean Jones, Dominick Farinacci, Dennis Mackrel, Aretha Franklin, and Derrick Gardner.
More about Sam Blakeslee:
Originally from Columbus, OH, Sam Blakeslee is a New York City based trombonist and composer. Sam holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from Youngstown State University as well as a Master of Music in Classical Performance from the University of Akron. As a former resident of the Cleveland & Akron, OH area from 2013-2017, he worked extensively in Jazz Education and served as the Instructor of Jazz Trombone at Youngstown State University from 2013-2014, Director of the Jazz Prep Program at Cuyahoga Community College from 2015-2017, as well as the Instructor of Improvisation at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
During his time at the University of Akron, he was a member and composer for the Jazz Trombone Group, which won first place in the International Trombone Association’s Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. In June of 2013, he traveled Columbus, GA to play his original music at the International Trombone Festival with the University of Akron Jazz Trombone Group. He is also well versed in classical music and was a 2013 recipient of a Tuesday Musical Scholarship in Brass.
Sam has performed at multiple jazz festivals across the world such as the Fano Jazz Festival, Mosciano San Angelo Jazz Festival, and Parma Jazz Festival in Italy as well as the Deutsche Musikfest in Chemnitz, Germany. While at Youngstown State, Sam was selected one of fifteen people nationwide to attend The Steans Institute for the Young Artist at Ravinia where he studied with Curtis Fuller, Rufus Reid, Dr. Nathan Davis, and Dr. David Baker. He also attended Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center which is a two week residency where his original music was broadcasted to worldwide audience. In May 2014, Sam attended the International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre where he studied with Vjiay Iyer, Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Nir Felder, Warren Wolf, among others. Sam is also very busy as a freelancer, and he has played with artists Joe Lovano, Sean Jones, Jiggs Whigham, Aretha Franklin, Dominick Farinacci, Bernard Purdie, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Derrick Gardner.
Sam leads two main projects including his "Sam Blakeslee Large Group" which is a 17-piece contemporary jazz orchestra that features original compositions and arrangements in a variety of styles and moods. The Large Group held a monthly residency at Blu Jazz in Akron, OH from January 2016-July 2017. Blu Jazz was recently voted one of the "Worlds Best Jazz Clubs" by Downbeat Magazine. Through the Blu Jazz Masterclass Foundation, the group featured many special guest artists including Akron-guitar virtuoso Dan Wilson (and member of the Joey DeFrancesco's Trio and Christian McBride's Tip City), Dominick Farinacci, NYC jazz artists Dan Pugach, Nicole Zuraitis, Dave Smith, as well as renowned pianist and composer Bill Dobbins. One of the artistic missions of the Large Group is to constantly be expanding the repertoire of the music across many styles, leaving both the audience and band members guessing what each concert will hold. The Sam Blakeslee Quintet features some of NYC's most in demand jazz musicians including Jorn Swart (piano), Cory Todd (bass), Dan Pugach (drums), as well as Cincinnati-based guitarist Brandon Coleman.