Fronted by trumpeter/vocalist Paul St-Amand, Blue Spirits sounds like an updated spin on Chet Baker, blending cool jazz, bop, blues, funk, and hip hop into a soulful stew. Formed in 2016, the band has been active on the Halifax jazz circuit, collaborating with artists like Andrew Jackson, Silvio Pupo, Zoe Leger, and Carolyn Curry. In addition to skillful interpretations of standards, Blue Spirits boasts a growing repertoire of exciting original compositions.
Blue Spirits released their debut album Liquid Courage in 2017. The record features seven original jazz tunes, ranging from smoky ballads to funk-infused atmospheric jams.
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