Dan Blake

Multi-instrumentalist, contemporary composer, performer and educator

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dan Blake has developed a wide-ranging career as a contemporary composer, performer and educator that “regards tradition as a welcoming playground best approached with a sense of wonder and adventure” (The Boston Globe). Blake’s music has been called “stunning” (All About Jazz), and his most recent release “The Digging” was described as “a creative essay on what can be done in the trio format” (Ottawa Citizen). In addition to his work as a leader, he has toured and recorded with three-time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton, and Velvet Underground founding member John Cale, among many others. In his extended multi-disciplinary compositions, Blake weaves together his interests in world music, contemporary improvisation, animation, and performance art. This genre-bending catalog of works has earned him support from the Jerome Fund for New Music, ASCAP, and New Music USA. A musician keenly interested in bringing music together with social justice causes, Dan Blake produces the annual Concert To Feed The Hungry, a fundraising event celebrating the struggle to end hunger and malnutrition in poor communities around the world. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York and is currently on faculty at the New School for Social Research, and at the Conservatory at Brooklyn College.

New Sunnyside Album!

“One of the most relevant and musically rich albums of 2021 in any style of music.” – Alan Young

I’m thrilled to announce my fourth album as a bandleader – now out on Sunnyside Records!

Release concert March 26 at Soapbox Gallery! Read a recent rave review at All About Jazz here

March 26 we will host an album release livestream at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY!

More info HERE


New Release! Robert Dick & Dan Blake (Chant Records)

I’m very happy to be a part of this new release with the legendary flutist and composer Robert Dick.

Artwork by Sabina Hahn, and click the link above to read the notes by renowned journalist Allan Kozinn!


New Article In Jazz Ed Magazine!

Here is a new article I published in JazzEd, where I discuss teaching forms of activism and social justice in the classroom. I also reflect on my role as a White educator performer of a historically African American cultural expression. Check it out!