Vancouver based jazz guitarist David Blake is a musician who strives to connect his deep passion for the jazz tradition to his fascination with contemporary improvisation and composition. His penchant for harmonic nuance and melodic discovery is well suited to the trio of guitar, acoustic bass and drums. This classic instrumentation is the vehicle that David has used for the past several years to explore his own original compositions and free improvisations, as well as re-imagined jazz standards. While David’s repertoire is constantly evolving, the underlying themes of dynamic interplay, fearless spontaneity, and fervid introspection, create the sound that this guitar player is hungrily cultivating. In 2013, David recorded his debut record, Next Year People, featuring a collection of his original compositions. In 2018 he released his follow up album "Sometimes I Get To Practice Flying".
David’s involvement in jazz has led to performances and collaborations with up and coming peers and established artists such as Brad Turner, Michael Blake, Seamus Blake (no relation to either of the Blakes….), Jodi Proznick, Bill Coon, Randy Porter, Dan Gaucher, Jaclyn Guillou, Steve Kaldestad, Dave Sikula, Jesse Cahill, Bruno Hubert, Meghan Gilhespy and many more. His trio has performed at jazz festivals across Canada, including a performance at the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival, where David was nominated for best emerging artist as well as best emerging composer.. As a side man, David has performed at many clubs and venues across Canada, including Upstairs, The Rex, The Cellar, The Orpheum, The Vogue Theatre and more. Notably, David’s collaboration with acclaimed vocalist and song writer Jaclyn Guillou has led to several tours which took them to remote places such as Haida Gwaii and Hawaii, and all over the western United States. David’s playing, composing and arranging can be heard on Jaclyn Guillou’s “Winter For Beginners”, Meghan Gilhespy’s “Vive le Tour” and Natasha D'Agostino's "Endings Rarely Are".
As well as his performance endeavors, David is active as a teacher and concert promoter in Vancouver. He is currently on faculty as a jazz guitar instructor at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.