Trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Paul St-Amand has earned raves for his lyrical sound and expressive singing voice. With his band Blue Spirits, he received a 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year for their album Liquid Courage. He regularly partners with many of the region’s finest jazz musicians, both as a sideman and as leader of the Paul St-Amand Trio/Quartet/Quintet. He's also a member of popular Halifax dance band Son Latino.
Paul has recorded with a variety of rock, pop, jazz, and soul artists, including The Stanfields, Corey Isenor, Arsoniste, Almasy, and Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound. He was a longtime member of Unidentified Funk Object, with whom he received a 2016 ECMA nomination for Soul/R&B Recording of the Year.
Also an accomplished classical player, Paul is principal trumpet for the orchestra Nova Sinfonia, and a founding member of the Bedford Brass Quintet. The ensemble has twice been voted among the top classical artists in Halifax by readers of The Coast. In 2018, Paul’s original brass composition The Eagle and Shield was chosen as Dalhousie University’s official bicentennial anthem.
MAR '19 - Sold out performance of Let's Get Lost: A Tribute to Chet Baker at The Music Room, Halifax
FEB '18 - Composition The Eagle and Shield chosen as Dalhousie University's official bicentennial anthem
SEPT '17 - NS Music Award nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year (with Blue Spirits)
JULY '17 - Featured on CBC Radio's East Coast Music Hour
JUNE '17 - Debut album Liquid Courage released (with Blue Spirits)
"[St-Amand]'s trumpet playing is just that good. It really is a special sound." - Bill Roach, East Coast Music Hour
"Creative melodies that are both at once original and steeped in history... Liquid Courage is a highly recommended debut for fans of the genre and serves as a promise of even greater things to come from this talented group." - Clinton Charlton, The East