Mr. Russel Blake has been a professional musician, solo artist, and educator for over three decades. He received his initial music instruction from his father, jazz great Alex Blake, and from his brother, jazz artist Alex Blake II. But Russel Blake’s theory, compositional, and musical arrangement skills are all self-taught.
As an educator, Mr. Blake has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Bass Studies at four universities across the country. To date, he has performed, toured, and lectured in 65 countries on five continents.
Blake is the creator of The Universal Language Music History & Cultural Program through which he has taught the history of music to a variety of audiences, from elementary through high school, colleges and universities, to senior centers, prisons, hospitals, military installations, and art galleries.
Contracted by the U.S. State Department, Russel Blake has performed 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.
Blake 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.