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Sam Blakeslee

Sam Blakeslee
Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 18, 2017 9:00pm - James Street Gastropub

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ABOUT THIS EVENT

Sam Blakeslee is a trombonist/composer originally from Columbus, OH but now resides in Cleveland. Sam graduated from Youngstown State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies where he studied with Dr. Dave Morgan, Dr. Kent Englehardt, and Dr. Michael Crist. In 2013, Sam graduated with a Master’s Degree in Brass Performance from the University of Akron where he studied with Ed Zadrozny and Jack Schantz. From 2013-2014 Sam served as Instructor for Jazz at Youngstown State University. He currently is the instructor of Jazz Trombone/Composition at Cuyahoga Community College and Instructor of Improvisation at the Cleveland Institute of Music. 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. 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 is also very busy freelancing in the Northeast Ohio area where he has played with artists Sean Jones, Jiggs Whigham, Aretha Franklin, Dominic Farranacci, Bernard Purdie, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Derrick Gardner. Sam appears regularly with local big bands The Jazz Heritage Orchestra and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Sam also leads his own projects which includes his “Sam Blakeslee Large Group,” which is a 17-piece contemporary jazz ensemble which features all original composition of his and other members of the group. In November 2011, Sam took his sextet to New York City to perform at the prestigious Shape Shifter Lab. In more recent news, This past May, 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.

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