CROSS-BORDER JAZZ SERIES
From Montreal, New York and Nanaimo
Sam Kirmayer Quartet

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018
TICKETS - MEMBERS $22, GUESTS $26

DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM

samkirmayer.co

Sam Kirmayer - guitar
Sean Fyfe - piano
John Lee - bass
Valerie Lacombe - drums

Sam Kirmayer is a jazz guitarist, composer and native Montrealer. Drawing inspiration from masters like Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, Sam eschews effects in favour of a clear, direct tone and maintains firm roots in the blues and hard bop traditions. He has performed with some of Canada's finest musicians including André White, Joel Miller, Mike Rud and Kevin Dean.

In April, 2017, Kirmayer released his first full length album "Opening Statement" on Chromatic Audio and was included in CBC Music's list of "The 35 Best Canadian Jazz Musicians under 35". He is very active in the Montreal jazz scene, with several weekly residencies and frequent appearances as both a leader and sideman at the city's major jazz clubs. Sam's sophomore album "High and Low" is set for a 2018 release on Cellar Live, this time in an organ trio featuring New York-based organist Ben Paterson and Dave Laing on drums.
 

"A Monster musician with an incredible tone."
CBC Music


"No pretense or posturing, only musical sincerity."

Jazz Guitar Life


"Sam's dexterity, his love for the richness of jazz and his sheer joy at making music are all over this, his first CD ... a great introduction to Sam's solid sense of swing ... get ready to groove!"

Katie Malloch (former host of CBC's Jazz Beat and Tonic)


"Sam Kirmayer and his colleagues produce an Opening Statement that boldly announces their arrival and bodes well for the future... strong-minded, well-spoken and worth relishing many more times than once."

All About Jazz


"Sam Kirmayer has a clear vision and an established voice on his instrument"

CBC Music


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