Seamus Blake was born in England and raised in Vancouver. He attended Berklee College of Music and later moved to New York, where he rapidly established himself on the New York jazz scene. In February 2002, Seamus took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D. C. As a leader, Seamus has released six albums on Criss Cross Records, including his 1993 debut The Call.
Seamus works with a wide variety of artists. A long-standing member of the Grammy nominated Mingus bands, he is featured on six of their albums. He continues to play and record with Bill Stewart, Kevin Hays, David Kikoski and Alex Sipiagin, and is a member of the Victor Lewis Quintet. He is also a member of BANN, led by drummer Adam Nussbaum. In 2010 he was guest of honor at the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington hosted by the US Navy Band. Seamus was a member of John Scofield’s Quiet Band and toured and recorded with Dave Douglas. Some of the many other artists he has worked with include Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Wayne Krantz, Maria Schneider, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, and Jack Dejohnette.
Seamus continues to work with his quintet and on his ongoing explorations of electronic applications in jazz, especially with the EWI (electronic wind instrument).