Pianist, vocalist, composer STEVE AMIRAULT is among the most accomplished artists in Canada. Recently returning to Montreal, the Nova Scotia-born musician established an important place on the Toronto scene in the past few years, after many years in Montreal and three years on the New York City scene. This award-winning musician has released six recordings. His most recent, “Hold On, Let Go”, featured frequently on JAZZ.FM91, finds the artist delving into timeless songs from the American popular songbook.
Amirault has performed as a soloist, leader, and sideman at top jazz venues, clubs, and festivals across the country. In the fall of 2017, he toured Canada performing at the Yardbird Suite Canadian Jazz Festival in Edmonton, JazzYYC Festival in Calgary, Frankie’s Jazz Club in Vancouver, Cafe Resonance in Montreal, and gave Master Classes at Grant MacEwan, Capilano, and Concordia Universities. He has shared stages with stalwart Canadian musicians including Kirk MacDonald, Terry Clarke, and Neil Swainson as well as jazz legends Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman (Miles Davis), Sheila Jordan, and Eddie Gomez (Bill Evans, Chick Corea).
Honours and prizes accorded him include: laureate of the Montreal International Jazz Festival Competition; Prix Opus (Album of the Year); Juno Awards for collaborations with François Carrier on “Compassion” and Christine Jensen on “Treelines”; ADISQ nomination for Best Jazz Album for his recording “Breath”, and a Felix Award (ADISQ) for his contribution to Rémi Bolduc’s “Hommage à Charlie Parker”.
Tonight’s performance of the STEVE AMIRAULT TRIO features PAT COLLINS (bass) and ETHAN ARDELLI(drums), entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of the Home Smith Bar.