"LIVE @ RECORD RUNNER" CONCERT SERIES SEPTEMBER 28th, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m.
SAMUEL BLAIS QUARTET
Samuel Blais - alto and bari
Jerome Beaulieu - piano
Olivier Babaz - bass
Alain Bourgeois - drums
Awarded with the "Jazz Revelation for 2011-2012 by Radio-Canada" Samuel Blais has won several classical music competitions starting around age 15. He was awarded scholarships from the famed Manhattan School of Music (where he obtained his M. Mus in Jazz Performance), McGill University, Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec Council for the Arts, MusicAction as well as from the « L.A. Friends of Jazz » while on tour with the McGill Jazz Orchestra I. The 3 years he spent in New York allowed him to perfect his art and to perform with worldwide renown musicians such as Greg Osby, David Liebman, Jim Black, Larry Grenadier, Nate Smith, Donny McCaslin, Jamie Baum, Ari Hoenig, Terri Lyne Carrington etc. Samuel Blais has performed extensively in the USA and Canada, as well as in France, Belgium, Mexico and Hong Kong.
After producing his first record in 2008, « Where to Go », he followed it up with a new record called « New Angle », receiving critical acclaim by critics and being nominated for Best Jazz Record at the ADISQ Gala, and winning a "Prix Opus" for Best Jazz Album 2010-11.
Samuel's latest CD Release (Sept 21st) entitled "Equilibrium", was recorded back in January and features the incredible musicianship of sidemen Jerome Beaulieu - piano, Olivier Babaz - bass and Alain Bourgeois - drums.