CLS: The Sounds of Jazz
Join trombonist, composer, and band leader Sam Blakeslee to explore the famous recordings, discographies and performances that impacted the world of jazz and influenced the sounds of American popular music. Relieve some of your favorite jazz listening experiences, or be introduced to some new recordings of past legends and up and coming stars in the industry.
About Sam Blakeslee:
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Sam Blakeslee is now a New York City based, award-winning trombonist and composer. Sam has performed at multiple jazz festivals across the world such as the Fano Jazz Festival, Mosciano San Angelo Jazz Festival, and Parma Jazz Festival in Italy as well as the Deutsche Musikfest in Chemnitz, Germany.
Since his arrival in NYC in August 2017, he has performed at iconic jazz clubs such as The 55 Bar, Smalls, Birdland, The Jazz Gallery, Zinc Bar, and the Blue Note. He can also be found performing and/or recording regularly with top-tier large ensembles like the Terraza Big Band, Dan Pugach Nonet, Emilio Solla’s Tango Jazz Orchestra, Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows, Manuel Valera’s New Cuban Express Big Band, New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, and the New York Afro-Bop Alliance Big Band. Sam has also performed with artists such as Joe Lovano, Sean Jones, Dan Wilson, Dick Oatts, Ingrid Jensen, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Jiggs Whigham, Aretha Franklin, Dominick Farinacci, Chris Coles, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, and Derrick Gardner. Sam is an endorsing artist for Best American Craftsman (B.A.C.) trombones based out of Kansas City, MO, as well as London/Chicago-based Denis Wick mouthpieces and mutes.
See Chautauqua Jazz Week Experience for more information about events happening throughout the week.
Lakeside’s Jazz Week is made possible by the Ohio Arts Council’s 2022 Arts Resiliency Initiative Community grant. The Ohio Arts Council is funded in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically.