Mr. Russel Blake has been a professional Musician/Solo Artist/Educator for over 4 decades. He was instructed by his Father Latin Great Alexander Blake and his Brother World Renowned Jazz Bassist Alex Blake II. All of Russel’s theory, compositional, and musical arrangement skills are self-taught. To date, he has performed/toured/lectured in 73 countries on five continents.
As an educator, Mr. Blake has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Bass Studies at four universities across the country. He is the creator of “The Universal Language Music History & Cultural Program” of which Mr. Blake has taught to a variety of audiences from elementary through high school, colleges and universities, Senior Centers, Prisons, Hospitals, Military Installations, and Art Galleries about the history of Music. He has been contracted by the U.S. State Department to perform as An Ambassador of Goodwill to Eight West African Nations.
He has also been contracted to teach and perform by the U.S. Defense Department’s “Defense Advanced Research Agency.” He is also the recipient of the Kellogg Foundation’s prestigious Artist in Residency Award.
As a concert soloist,
Mr. Blake continues to perform all over the world. He has developed a unique ability on the Four String Electric Bass which he calls the “Melodius-Chordal Technique.” He currently has over 432 pieces within his repertoire encompassing Classical, Spanish Classical, Traditional Jazz, Brazilian, Opera, Latin, and Gospel Jazz.
As a Bassist, a short list of whom he has performed/toured/ recorded includes five years as the exclusive Bassist for Jazz Great Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Hugh Masekela, Paquito D’Rivera, Hilton Ruiz, Mongo Santamaria, Rafael Cortijo Y El Gran Combo, Vanessa Rubin, Jorge Dalto, Bobby Enriquez, Bobby Rodriguez, Gil Evans, Angela Bofill, Michel Camilo, Papo DeLucca, T.S.Monk, George Coleman, Gary Bartz, Chaka Kahn, Billy Cobham, Wallace Roney, Hiram Bullock, Nona Hendryx, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Harry Belafonte, Machito Y Su Orquesta, Dave Valentin, Michel Camillo, Sam Rivers, Clark Terry, Mary Wells, Wynton Marsalis, Melba Moore, Brenda Russell, Cybill Shepherd, Tramaine Hawkins, Micah Stampley, Bryon Cage, and Mary Mary. He also performed on Broadway as a bassist in the The Lion King and Dreamgirls.
As a music producer, Mr. Blake has multitude of projects. His latest project “Quiet Strength” is a powerful and soulful jazz project that gives the listener the ability to experience all facets of Mr. Blake’s musical skills. Other projects include “Silent Power”, “Ten Fingers & Four Strings Solo Series” and the gospel projects “Symposium of Praise.” These are the vehicles Mr. Blake has chosen to expose his virtuoso abilities. All of the projects contain a mixture of strong traditional jazz, gospel, and classical compositions. There are currently four CD’s released under this series.
Mr. Russel Blake, Concert Soloist, Producer, Bassist and Educator.
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Your latest project "Quiet Strength" is amazing. You are truly a gifted bassist. Your style of playing is not that of Marcus Miller or Victor Wooten but you're in a league of your own. Can't wait until the next project.
Hey Russel, thanks for the request. I was just checkin out your websites & music a day or two ago, and of course was quite impressed.
Also, with Pharoah being one of my very first, & still a musical/spiritual mentor, I'm jealous you've often played with him!
Hope to play some with you in the near future...
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