Paul St-Amand is a trumpeter, singer, and composer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Packing a sweet sound and lyrical voice, he’s become a mainstay of the city’s live music scene. He performs regularly with his trio and quartet, and appears often as a sideman with many of the region’s finest musicians. He’s also a member of the popular salsa band Son Latino.
In 2019 Paul played a series of sold-out tributes to Chet Baker at venues like The Music Room, The Carleton, and the Kingsburg Concert Series. Leading a quintet called Blue Spirits, he received a Music Nova Scotia Award nomination for 2017 Jazz Recording of the Year for the album Liquid Courage. As a guest artist he’s recorded with The Stanfields, Beauts, Corey Isenor, Arsoniste, Dalton, Tommy Green, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, and many more. Paul was a longtime member of Unidentified Funk Object, with whom he received an ECMA nomination for Funk/Soul Recording of the Year.
Also an accomplished classical player, Paul is a founding member of the Bedford Brass Quintet. The ensemble has twice been voted among the top classical artists in Halifax by readers of The Coast. From 2012-2019 he organized annual Harmony & Hope concerts featuring his choir-and-brass musical arrangements, and raising over $22,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2018, Paul’s original brass quintet composition The Eagle and Shield was chosen as Dalhousie University’s official bicentennial anthem.
“Paul’s trumpet playing is just that good. It really is a special sound.”– Bill Roach, East Coast Music Hour (CBC Radio)
“A tour de force: a work that has the ability to please the most demanding music lovers and specialists, as well as be appreciated by a very broad audience.”
– Dr. Jérôme Blais, Associate Professor of Composition, Dalhousie University on The Eagle and Shield