Jun 5, 2010
West Springfield, Massachusetts may not be a hotbed of jazz action, but on Sunday June 6th, all that changes. As part of the annual "Taste of West Springfield", saxophonist Seamus Blake will take the stage at 4:00. This is a real treat for those outside of the New York area, as Seamusi is in such demand in his hometown that he rarely plays in the hinterlands.
Blake is one of the finest contemporary jazz tenor sax players and composers. A player in demand since he was tapped by Victor Lewis to leave Berklee and hit the road as part of his band, he regularly performs with no fewer than four combos - the Mingus Big Band; his quartet; his quintet; and BANN (led by Adam Nussbaurm).He has also experminted with the Electronic Wind Instrument, pushing the boundaries of his sound.
It's the quartet that will take the stage on Sunday, as Blake is joined by Dave Kikowsku on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. For a taste of what he brings, here's "Dance Me Home", the cut that opens his most recent CD, Bellwether, featuring the quartet joined by Lage Lund.