New York City based guitarist Sam Blakelock is quickly becoming recognised as one of New Zealand’s brightest young musical talents. Melding influences of jazz, rock, classical and world music – Blakelock’s expansive sound fits equally well in jazz clubs, art galleries and local blues pubs.
Dame Malvina Major Arts Excellence Award
Sam Blakelock has been awarded an Arts Excellence Award from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation this month (August, 2014). View the press release here.
Sam has also been awarded a St Andrew’s College Drummond Trust grant for his study in NYC – great news!
Update: 2014 Inspire Foundation Canterbury Recipent
03/25/14: Sam is a 2014 Inspire Foundation Canterbury Recipent, one step closer towards NYC postgraduate study.
NZ Tour Highlight
Sam is currently performing in Northern Europe. Check out this highlight from his recent NZ tour
Update: Accepted into NYU and Queens College, CUNY
03/25/14 : Sam Blakelock has been accepted by both NYU and Queens College, City University of New York to study his Master of Music in Jazz Performance. Great News!