Sat, 07/06/2013 - 21:30
National Jazz Orchestra at the Festival de Jazz de Montréal!


A brand new project seeing the light of day at the Montreal International Jazz festival!  featuring some of the best musicians in town from all over the country.  At Théatre Jean-Duceppe de la Place des Arts.


Direction: Christine Jensen


Jean-Pierre Zanella

Samuel Blais

André Leroux

Frank Lozano

Alex Coté


Dave Grott

Jean-Nicolas Trottier

David Martin

Bob Ellis


Jocelyn Couture

Aron Doyle

Bill Mahar

David Carbonneau

Rhythm Section

Kevin Warren

Marianne Trudel

Rémi-Jean Leblanc


Thu, 07/04/2013 - 19:00
Nota Bene Saxophone quartet at Parc Garneau


Free outdoor concert at Park Garneau in Montreal:


Mathieu Gaulin - soprano

Etienne Thivierge - alto

Isabelle Choquette - tenor

Samuel Blais - baritone

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 23:00
Composers series at the Bleury Vinyle Bar


Composers series organized by Rachel Therrien, featuring Montreal and New York musicians, original music written by all!


Fred Pauze - bass

Al McLean - tenor

Sam Blais - alto

Tuomo Uusitalo - piano(NYC)

Kyle Poole - drums(NYC)


Sat, 06/29/2013 - 18:00
Effendi JazzLab 10th anniversary at Festival de Jazz de Montréal


Special concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Effendi JAZZLAB!

On the TD Stage, place des Festivals during the Montreal International Jazz Festival.


John Roney - piano/compositions

Fraser Hollins/Alain Bédard - bass

Kevin Warren - drums

Aron Doyle - trumpet

Jean-Nicolas Trottier - trombone

Erik Hove - alto

David Bellemare - tenor

Samuel Blais - Bariton and soprano

Sat, 05/11/2013 - 21:30 to Sun, 05/26/2013 - 01:30
Record launch tour with Split Cycle!


After playing together all over Canada and the USA for the past 4 years, the group Split Cycle finally launches their first record!  This collective project features musicians from New York and Montreal and draw its influences from Jazz, Rock and Classical music.


This disc is impressive throughout- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downton Music Gallery, New York.

...a servi de théâtre à la maturation d’un artiste de haut niveau(Samuel Blais). L’évolution du musicien continue, littéralement, d’impressionner. Il y a sa maîtrise de l’instrument, certes, mais aussi la dynamique d’ensemble, rehaussée par les contributions inspirées de ses complices issus de la crème de la nouvelle garde montréalaise et new-yorkaise

    • Frédéric Cardin, Radio-Canada/Espace Musique



Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - Bass

Akira Ishiguro - Guitar

Martin Auguste - Drums

Samuel Blais - Saxophone


Saturday may 11th 2013 8:30pm
Rond Coin, 340 rue Saint-Louis
Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, Qc
G0X 2N0, (819) 221-3332

Sunday May 12th 2013, 9:00pm
Resonance Cafe, 5175A Avenue du Parc, Montréal.
Masterclass/discussion on composition and mprovisation.

Tuesday and Wednesday May 14th-15th 2013, 9:30pm
The Rex, 194 Queen street. west
Toronto, ON, 416.598.2475

Thursday May 16th 2013, 8:00pm
The Gig Space, 953 Gladstone Ave
Ottawa. K1Y 3E5

Friday and Saturday May 17th-18th 2013, 8:30pm
Diese Onze, 4115A St-Denis, Montreal.
QC H2W 2M7, (514) 223-3543

Sunday May 19th, 8pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Concert in a private house                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (email for more information)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27 Des Saules, St-Basile-Le-Grand                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                QC. J3N 1G8

Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 23-24-25th 2013, 10:00pm
Bar le Ste-Angèle, 26, rue Sainte-Angèle,
Québec, QC
Renseignement : 418.692.2171

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 20:30 to Thu, 03/21/2013 - 20:30
Artist of the month at Dièse Onze, March 7th, 14th and 21st!


I have the honor to be the artist of the month of March at Diese Onze Jazz club! I will be presenting 3 different groups over the next 3 Thursdays featuring 8 different musicians.  We will be performing different music every week, highlighting compositions from my guests throughout the month! 

Hope to see you there!


March 7th

Le jeune Trio


Fred Pauze - bass/compositions

Alain Bourgeois - drums

Sam Blais - Bari/alto/compositions


March 14th

New Collective


John Roney - piano/compositions

Fraser Hollins - bass/compositions

Martin Auguste - batterie

Samuel Blais - bari/alto/compos


March 21st

The first quartet


Paul Shrofel - piano/compositions

Morgan Moore - bass

Robbie Kuster - batterie

Samuel Blais - bari/Alto/compositions


all shows start at 8:30pm at Dièse Onze Jazz Club, 4115A St-Denis.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:00
Samuel Blais Quartet at Resonance Café


I'm very happy to be playing with my quartet in this new café which has been producing jazz concerts 5 nights a week for the past few months.

Come by and support this great new jazz venue in Montreal!



Robbie Kuster - drums

Morgan Moore - bass

Paul Shrofel - piano

Sam Blais - sax


Café Résonance:

5175a Ave. Du Parc


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 20:30
Samuel Blais Quartet at Diese Onze


After a few months, the Samuel Blais quartet is back at Diese Onze! A lot of new music weill be performed during during this 3 sets evening!

We start at 8:30pm, join us!


Paul Shrofel - piano

Fred Pauze - bass

Robbie Kuster - drums

Sam Blais - sax

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 19:30 to Sat, 10/13/2012 - 23:30
Binney, Blais, Liebman, McCaslin saxophone quartet at Upstairs!


This new special project involves some of my favorite sax players around and it will be a blast

to perform at Upstairs on October 12th and 13th, 2 sets per night 7:30pm and 10:15pm. Come by if you can!


David Liebman - soprano

David Binney - alto

Donny McCaslin - tenor

Samuel Blais - baritone


for reservations call Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill at 514-931-6808.

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 08:30
With Fred Pauze quintet at Ste-Élie-de-Caxton (Le Rond Coin)


Inspired by the great jazzmen of this world, such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Douglas, Gilad Hekselman or Enrico Pieranunzi, to name a few, the Fred Pauze Quintet presents a repertoire of modern compositions coming from the tradition and the musical currents en vogue today. Influenced by jazz as well as world music and classical music, the group is an exciting addition to the scene and is already making some noise.   

The Fred Pauze Quintet is : Samuel Blais on saxes (Révélations Jazz Radio-Canada 2011-2012, Prix Opus du Conseil Québécois de la Musique), drummer Alain Bourgeois (Mario Allard Quintet, Marie-Claire Durand Quintet etc), Nick DiGiovanni on guitar (David Martel, MG and the Skinny Bones), piano player Marie-Fatima Rudolf eand of course Frédéric Pauze on bass, composition and leading of the band.

10$, call Le Rond coin (340, rue Saint-Louis, Saint-Élie-de-Caxton) at 819-221-3332