Fronted by trumpeter/vocalist Paul St-Amand, Blue Spirits sounds like a modern spin on Chet Baker, blending strains of jazz, blues, R&B, and folk into a soulful sound. The ensemble features some of Halifax’s finest musicians performing a mix of originals, jazz standards, and fresh takes on rock, pop, and blues hits.
Blue Spirits released their debut album Liquid Courage in 2017. Featuring seven original jazz tunes ranging from smoky ballads to funk-infused jams, the album scored a nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year from Music Nova Scotia.
Blue Spirits is Paul St-Amand (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals), James Shaw (saxphone), Ross Avey (guitar), Matt MacLennan (bass), and Brendan Melchin (drums).
SEPT '17 - NS Music Award nomination (Jazz Recording of the Year)
JULY '17 - Performed at TD Halifax Jazz Festival
JULY '17 - Featured on CBC Radio's East Coast Music Hour
JUNE '17 - Release debut album Liquid Courage
MAY '17 - Recorded debut album at New Scotland Yard Studio
OCT '16 - Artists in Residence at The Company House
"[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