“A monster musician with an incredible tone”
— Scott Morin, CBC Music
— Ottawa Citizen
“No pretence or posturing, only musical sincerity”
— Jazz Guitar Life
Guitarist and composer Sam Kirmayer, plays straight-ahead jazz with “fearlessness and momentum”– Katie Malloch (CBC Jazz Beat & Tonic). One of CBC Music’s picks for the “35 best Canadian jazz musicians under 35”, his playing has been described as “sharp and clean melodic lines peppered with exquisite chording and comping… never overstated and always expressed with good taste”– C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz). Kirmayer has released two recordings as a leader, Opening Statement (Chromatic Audio 2017), and High and Low (Cellar Live, 2018). The latter features acclaimed New York based organist Ben Paterson and was named best of the year for 2018 by Quebec’s main jazz blog, sortiesjazznights.com.
Sam completed an Undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University in 2016 with Outstanding Achievement and Dean's Honour List standings. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships from Vanier College, McGill University and the University of Montreal. Kirmayer is a co-founder of the Société Jazz de Saint-Henri and maintains an active performance schedule as both a leader and sideman, with frequent performances across Canada.