/// SAMUEL BLAIS
After winning several classical music competitions as early as the age of sixteen, Samuel Blais studied at the Montreal Conservatory of Music for three years. Following his graduation, he completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University that allowed him to pursue his musical education at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he obtained a Masters degree in Jazz Performance. The three years spent in New York allowed him to perfect his art and to play with worldwide renowned jazz musicians such as Greg Osby, Jim Black, Larry Grenadier, Nate Smith, Donny McCaslin, Jamie Baum and numerous others. Samuel Blais performed extensively in the USA, in Canada as well as in France, Belgium, Mexico and Hong Kong. In the course of his education, Samuel had the opportunity to study with David Liebman, Dick Oatts, Greg Osby, Rémi Bolduc, Steve Slagle, Frank Lozano, Jan Jarczyk and many more. He was awarded scholarships from the Manhattan School of Music, McGill University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Quebec Council for the Arts, MusicAction as well as from the L.A. Friends of Jazz while on tour with the McGill Jazz Orchestra. After producing his first album, Where to Go in 2008, he launched a new record, New Angle in September 2010. With ten of his compositions out of 11 tunes, this record his a tremendous proof of Samuel Blais' evolution both as an instrumentalist and as a composer, confirming him as one of the important figure of the Quebec jazz scene.