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Author Of "Proverbs 31:The Virtuous Black Woman Volume 1".
Music Producer/Concert Soloist/Bassist/Educator
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Mr. Russel Blake has been a professional Musician/Solo Artist/Educator for over 3 decades. He was instructed by his Father Jazz Great Alex Blake and his Brother Jazz Artist & Virtuouso Bassist Alex Blake II. All of Mr. Blake’s theory, compositional, and musical arrangement skills are self-taught.
To date, he has performed/toured/lectured in 65 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, Chaka Kahn, Wallace Roney, Hiram Bullock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Harry Belafonte, Machito Y Su Orquesta, Dave Valentin, Michel Camillo, Sam Rivers, Clark Terry, Mary Wells, Wynton Marsalis, Mary Mary, Tramaine Hawkins, Melba Moore, Brenda Russell, and Cybill Shepherd. 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: "FIERCE SOLITUDE" contains 21 tracks, was recorded in four cities and features 15 Special Guests. Music genres performed on this CD include but are not limited to: World, Salsa, Latin-Jazz/Mambo, Smooth Jazz, Straight Ahead, Neo-Soul, Rock, Gospel, Funk and even a Waltz. My mission statement with "FS" is to demonstrate that "good music" comes in all genres as well as to reveal my ability as a multi-dimensional music producer/composer/arranger/musician.
"MEDITATIONS" is a CD of 10 original Music tracks with the mission statement of being created for peaceful and inner spiritual reflection utilizing classical music as the vehicle for the journey. The CD “Quiet Strength” available on www.russelblake.net 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 “Symposium Of Praise.” These are the vehicles Mr. Blake has chosen to expose his virtuoso abilities.
Mr. Blake has also self-published his first book entitled “Proverbs 31: The Virtuous Black Woman Volume 1”. The strength of the idea is to communicate the precious and priceless value/existence of Black Women to the minds of black men, the rights to be treated with unwavering respect and dignity in the minds of black women and the seeds of reverence to be sown by virtue of changing perception one community at a time. If one Black Woman is thought to be expendable, then every Black Women’s immeasurable value is now diminished in the eyes of the world.