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”, Kirmayer’s 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’s debut recording, Opening Statement (Chromatic Audio 2017), was well received, earning 4-stars from All About Jazz and winning the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists from CJSF 90.1 FM. His follow-up High and Low (Cellar Live, 2018) features New York based-organist Ben Paterson and first-call Montreal drummer Dave Laing. In his liner notes for the recording, Ottawa Citizen jazz critic Peter Hum notes that “Kirmayer chose wisely when he picked sidemen for his new project that casts his warm tone and lyrical focus in a different setting… The simpatico and eloquence that they’ve achieved on High and Low sound like the hallmarks of a seasoned band.” The album 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
“A monster musician with an incredible tone.” — Scott Morin, CBC Music
“No pretense or posturing, only musical sincerity.” — Lyle Robinson, Jazz Guitar Life
Eminently Swinging — Ottawa Citizen
Sharp and clean melodic lines peppered with exquisite chording and comping. Kirmayer's soloing is never overstated and always expressed with good taste. — C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
Sam Kirmayer is one of the rising stars of Jazz Guitar in Canada. — Frédéric Cardin, ICI Musique