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Sam Blakeslee Quintet @ BOP STOP

July 12 from 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Sam Blakeslee Quintet @ BOP STOP

Trombonist, Sam Blakeslee, leads his quintet in one of his final performances before moving to New York City! We wish him well and hope that you can join us to listen to his fantastic band before he embarks onto his next chapter!

Sam Blakeslee is a trombonist/composer residing in Cleveland, OH. In his few years on the scene, he has played with artists Joe Lovano, Sean Jones, Jiggs Whigham, Aretha Franklin, Dominick Farinacci, Dennis Mackrel, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Derrick Gardner. Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Youngstown State University and a Master’s Degree in Classical Performance from University of Akron. Sam has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Banff Centre, as well as famous jazz clubs in New York City such as 55 Bar, Shapeshifter Lab, and Whynot Jazz Room. He has also participated in some of the world’s most illustrious workshops and residencies including The Steans Institute for the Young Artist at Ravinia, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center, and the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre. Sam currently leads a 16-piece contemporary jazz orchestra called “The Sam Blakeslee Large Group” that mainly features original compositions and arrangements of Blakeslee. The Sam Blakeslee Large Group is currently holding a monthly residency at Blu Jazz+ in Akron, OH which was recently voted “One of the World’s Top 150 Jazz Clubs” by Downbeat Magazine. Special guest artists with the band have been Bill Dobbins, Dominick Farinacci, David Smith, Dan Wilson, Dan Pugach, and Nicole Zuraitis. Sam also leads the Sam Blakeslee Quintet that has done multiple tours of the Midwest and East Coast and will soon release its debut album “Selective Coverage” in Summer 2017. As an active educator, Sam is currently the Director of the Jazz Prep Program at Cuyahoga Community College, Instructor of Jazz Trombone at Tri-C, as well as the Instructor of Improvisation at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


  • Sam Blakeslee - trombone
  • Dan Bruce - guitar
  • Will Wedmedyk - vibraphone
  • Dave Morgan - bass
  • Anthony Taddeo - drums

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