Blake Hellaby

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Musician, Performer, Producer, Composer, Teacher

Blake Hellaby is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer based in Cape Town, South Africa, whose goal is to bring people joy through music. As a performer he has appeared in venues across South Africa, as well as elsewhere in Africa and Europe. He has written and produced songs that have gained radio play in South Africa both on both jazz and commercial radio.

His musical journey started with classical piano lessons at the age of 7, and continued throughout his school years at SACS. But at age 14, Blake first encountered jazz, and was immediately drawn to everything about it – the performance dynamic, the improvisation, the interplay between the band members and the environment of the performances (in contrast to his experience of classical performances). He then started saxophone lessons, under the legendary South African saxophonist, Buddy Wells. However, the classical expectations of Blake’s school kept him very busy, completing ABRSM piano and theory exams, so jazz training only started when he embarked on a degree in jazz performance at the University of Cape Town, where he is currently a part-time lecturer.
Although not formally taught jazz at high school, he was still selected to be the pianist of the Standard Bank National School’s Big Band at the Grahamstown Jazz Festival (now the Makhanda Jazz Festival) in 2007.

It was at university that Blake was exposed to a much wider range of music genres, which engendered a broader love and appreciation of diverse styles. These years also extended his musical talents, and deepened his musical understanding and maturity. In particular, Blake’s aptitude and passion for music production emerged during this time.

Blake had the opportunity of touring on multiple occasions during his studies. He was selected for the Miagi Youth Orchestra, which performed in Johannesburg and undertook a tour of Berlin, Germany (2009). On another occasion he joined a 2 week tour of Burgundy in France as part of the Delft Big Band (2013). He was chosen to participate in the Nordic Showcase Masterclass and perform at the Oslo Jazz Festival (2014).

Since completing his studies, Blake has performed extensively in both the jazz and commercial sectors, and he has served as booking agent for local music venues. His credits include gigs with many of South Africa’s top musicians, such as Mandisi Dyantyis, McCoy Mrubata, Ian Smith, John Hassan, Frank Paco, Buddy Wells, Vicky Sampson, Mark Fransman, Dan Shout, Loukmaan Adams, Kevin Gibson, Tarryn Lamb. He was also booked to perform alongside Herbie Hancock at International Jazz Day on April 30, 2020, but that has been postponed due to COVID-19.

He was pianist for the National Youth Jazz Band (Grahamstown Jazz Festival, 2014), and has performed in the French Season Arts Festival run by Alliance Francais, as well as the Cape Town Jazz Festival (2015). He toured with the band Nu Notes in Swaziland (2015) and in Mozambique (with Ivan Mazuze, 2016). He was pianist for the 2017...

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Hodge
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Praise
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Out of the Candlelight
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Wish
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Love Game
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Sunday Chillin'
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Pushing Through
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Pause
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Come Over
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Call-In
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1-2
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Searching, Found, Forgotten
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Intermood
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Loose
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Funk Your Life
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S.Y.B
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High Rhode
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Trippy
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Retro-Duction
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Videos

Heptagonal Quest (comp. Justin Bellairs) - Blake Hellaby solo
Inner Peace - Muneeb Hermans Quartet - Blake Hellaby solo
The Long Rhode to Summer
#NotJazz - Blake Hellaby
Piano Solo - Maritzburg Ghoema
Pause - Blake Hellaby - LIVE
Circumstances - Rehearsal Recording - Blake Hellaby
Another Perspective - Blake Hellaby - Visual Album
Kabalevsky's Piano Concerto No. 3 - Blake Hellaby (at 18 years old)
Blake Hellaby Live Stream
Kyle's Smiles - Cover - Blake Hellaby featuring Zeke le Grange
I Should Care - Arrangement Series Part 4 - Blake Hellaby Trio
Praise Him - Candi Staton (Blake Hellaby & Lea Venga cover)
Captain Milk - Blake Hellaby REMIX
Sunday 31 May - Blake & Lea live stream
Our First Live Stream Together
Blake Hellaby Solo Piano Live Stream - 17 May 2020
Blake Hellaby Solo Piano Live Stream - 17 May 2020
Blake Hellaby Solo Piano Live Stream - 17 May 2020
Sunday 31 May - Blake & Lea live stream
Blake Hellaby Solo Piano Live Stream - 17 May 2020
Blake Hellaby - 'Round Midnight Part II
Blake Hellaby - 'Round Midnight Part II
Blake Hellaby - 'Round Midnight Part II
Blake Hellaby - 'Round Midnight
No Corona Can Stop - Blake Hellaby ft Lea Venga (music video)
Funk Your Life - Blake Hellaby (live music video)
Be The One - Blake Hellaby ft Jesse Julies & Mila Paco - Recording Session Music Video
Funk Your Life - promo clip - Blake Hellaby
Blake Hellaby Trio - My Romance
Brazilian Like - Blake Hellaby Trio at the Nassau
On Green Dolphin Street - MH Quartet
Wayne's Thang - Blake Hellaby solo
A Day In The Life of a Fool
Re-arrangement of Sam Smith - Latch - Blake Hellaby
Re-arrangement of 50 cent - Candy Shop - Blake Hellaby
Re-arrangement of DJ Snake - The Middle - Blake Hellaby
Blake Hellaby arr. of Temptations Just My Imagination ft Zeke Le Grange
Blues warm up - Blake Hellaby
Confirmation - Blake Hellaby piano improv
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - Four
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - My Little Suede Shoes
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - Isn't She Lovely
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - Night and Day
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - Overjoyed
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - St Thomas
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - Straight No Chaser
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - The Girl From Impanema
Blake Hellaby & Zeke Le Grange - For Shepherd
Blake Hellaby piano solo - National Youth Jazz Band 2014
O Gbe Mi Ton
Fun Mi L'Agbara
Blake Hellaby - Piano solo

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2009

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