Samuel Blais
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BIOGRAPHY

After winning several classical music competitions starting around age 16, Samuel Blais studied at the Montreal Conservatory of Music for 3 years.  Following his graduation, he studied at McGill University where he completed a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance which led him to continue his musical education at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York, obtaining a Masters degree in Jazz Performance.  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, Jim Black, Larry Grenadier, Nate Smith, Donny McCaslin, Jamie Baum, etc. Samuel Blais performed extensivly in the USA and Canada, as well as in France, Belgium, Mexico and Hong Kong.

During his studies, 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 Manhattan School of Music, 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.
After producing his first record in 2008, « Where to Go »(FND080), he comes back with a new record called « New Angle »(FND104).  With 10 of his compositions out of 11 tunes, this record his a tremedous proof of Samuel Blais' evolution both as an instrumentalist and as a composer, confirming him as one of the important figure in modern jazz.

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