Michael Blake Quartet

Michael Blake and his international ensemble will present music from their Stunt Records cd, "The World Awakes - A Tribute to Lucky Thompson". This exceptional recording features both compositions of Lucky Thompson and compositions dedicated to his memory by Mr. Blake. Listen to samples here: http://www.emusic.com

The group has been performing and touring internationally since 2002, including the Aarhus, Rome, Berlin, Rochester, Vancouver and Copenhagen jazz festivals. They have two other albums out: "Blake Tartare" and "More Like Us" (Stunt Records).

For almost two decades, saxophonist, composer and arranger Michael Blake has presented an array of innovative bands and compositions that display his ability to simultaneously embrace jazz history while challenging it.

Michael continues to tour and record internationally while remaining rooted in the NY downtown music scene. His tenure with John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards spans over a decade and includes numerous record dates, TV appearances, a live concert film from Berlin, and film soundtracks such as the Grammy nominated score for "Get Shorty".

He received a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation’s New Works for Jazz Program. He has also received various grants from The Canada Council for the Arts. He was a Composer in Residence in the Jazz Composers Collective, a nonprofit, musician-run organization dedicated to presenting original works.

His soprano sax work was recognized in the 2008 Downbeat Reader’s Poll.

Among the many artists he has recorded and performed with are Oliver Lake, Grachan Moncur III, Medeski Martin and Wood, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Jack McDuff, Steven Bernstein, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Hal Wilner, Ben Allison, David Tronzo, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wolleson.

For his extensive discography as leader and sideman, see his web site.


Pianist Søren Kjærgaard was born in the small town of Lemvig, Denmark on March 5th 1978.

At age 19 he entered the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. This led to a one year study residency in New York where he met and played with artists like Tim Berne, Herb Robertson and Michael Blake.

In 2000 he won the 1st prize in the competition, Young Nordic Jazz Comets, with the trio Fuchsia. In 2004 Søren Kjærgaard recieved the Danish National Radio (DR P2) Jazz Award The award was followed up by radio appearances and solo, trio and quartet albums as a leader.

In 2007 he recorded the trio album "Optics" in New York with drum legend Andrew Cyrille and New York bassist Ben Street.

Søren Kjærgaard has performed in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, China, US and Canada.

He has performed and/or recorded with: Andrew Cyrille, Tim Berne, Herb Robertson, Derek Bailey, William Parker, Jim Black, Andrew D’Angelo, Wayne Horvitz, Mike Formanek, Tony Malaby, George Garzone, Peter Brötzman, Paal Nilssen-Love, Ben Street, and Pierre Dørge.


Jonas Westergaard’s bass line began when he was 14; it wove its way through the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, private tuition in New York with Mark Dresser among others, and into many bands and collaborations with a large number of Scandinavian and American musicians.

His first sign of recognition came when the trio Fuchsia, of which he was a member, was elected Young Scandinavian Group of the Year in 2000. This was followed by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P2 Prize in 2006.

Westergaard’s stay in New York (2001-2003) lead to collaborations with saxophonists Michael Blake and George Garzone.

Other of his many activities include recordings and live performances with musicians and such as Jimmy Cobb, Tim Berne, Bandapart, Anderskov Accident, John Tchicai, Oliver Lake, Kresten Osgood, Peter Wettre, the Danish/Finnish band Delirium, and the trio WBZ with Jesper Zeuthen and Peter Bruun.

Drummer Ben Perowsky began his early performing life with jazz legend James Moody, pop songstress Rickie Lee Jones and R&B star Roy Ayers. He went on to tour and record with Miles Davis’ sidemen Bob Berg, Mike Stern and John Scofield. He created and co-led the band Lost Tribe who released three critically acclaimed records.

Ben has collaborated with numerous artists since then, including Uri Caine, Steven Bernstein, John Zorn, Ronnie Cuber, Dave Douglas, Walter Becker, Pat Martino, Chris Speed, Dave Kikoski, Misha Mengelberg, Drew Gress, John Medeski, Larry Grenadier, Sylvie Courvoisier, Jamie Saft and John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards.