Sam Blakelock | Jazz guitarist

Sam Blakelock

New York City based guitarist Sam Blakelock is quickly becoming recognised as one of New Zealand’s brightest creative 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.

Social Media Practitioner

While maintaining a busy schedule performing off-broadway, TV shows, and other musical endeavors, Blakelock has developed his reputation as a leading social media strategist and practitioner. He is widely known as the founder of @pickupjazz, a hyper-engaged 72,000 + Instagram music community that grows organically by 3,000 followers per week. He works in the eStrategy department of Carnegie Hall and has given workshops on social media strategy at universities and small businesses.

Blakelock posts regularly at @samblakelock, on Facebook, and on Snapchat as: samblakelock.


Collaboration with TC Electronic

TC Electronic Tonescape • Delay + Looper + Vibrato – 2016.

Collab between @pickupjazz and TC Electronic

Live on Brooklyn TV with Raye6| BRICtv

Sam Blakelock performing with Raye6 on B-Side, BRIC TV, NYC – 2016.

Live Performance in NYC ‘Mighty’

Sam Blakelock Trio performing at Michiko Studios, NYC – 2015.


Featured NYC Interview for The Wireless (NZ)

‘Flocking Kiwis’ is a four episode series about New Zealanders living in New York, which takes a look at how young Kiwis transition into life in The Big Apple.

View the full article here.

My Latest Show Reel (VIDEO)

Here is a short video collage of my versatility with performances in NYC, Europe and New Zealand.