concerts almost always feature top artists around the world; the Checkout – Live at Berklee featuring Seamus Blake is no exception. On December 7, NPR and Berklee continue their collaboration, forming the first ever NPR concert series featuring critically acclaimed Seamus Blake.
Born in England and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Blake is a Berklee graduate who after leaving Boston has become widely recognized as one of the finest contemporary tenor saxophone artists. After graduating from Berklee, he became an immediate success, facing the challenges of the jazz world head on. In 2002, he won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. His most recent album, Live in Italy, recently earned a 4.5/5 stars rating in Down Beat Magazine, the online version of the leading jazz publication. Additionally he has worked with many renowned artists such as John Scofield, who will appear in his band Quiet Band Blake and who has called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.”
Broadcast live from Berklee’s Red Room @ Café 939 on December 7 at 8:00 pm, the Checkout – Live at Berklee will bring New York based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to the NPR jazz station WGBO Jazz 88.3 FM. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 with your Berklee ID. The concert will also be streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org and will be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org.
Come experience this successful Berklee graduate demonstrate how he was able to venture off into the world of jazz and rock his saxophone.