Meet the Boys

Kurt Sampson, Bass & Vocal Percussion

Originally from Charlottetown, PEI, Kurt began his musical endeavours at the age of 11 with the trombone, guitar, and singing, and eventually moved on to the bass, drums, and piano. At 17, he moved to Montreal to study jazz music at McGill University where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in jazz trombone performance. He also taught at McGill and directed one of the university’s widely acclaimed jazz orchestras.

Kurt has gained experience in many musical disciplines while performing across North America, Europe and the Caribbean. He has performed in several million-dollar award winning production shows such as “C’est Formidable” and “Point & Click”. He has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines, the Ceremonial Guard Band in Ottawa, and has taken part in numerous festivals, workshops and camps throughout Canada.

He has played with many jazz icons including Bobby McFerrin, Mike Murley, Dave Restivo, Pat Labarbra, Christine Jensen and the Phil Nimmons big band to name a few.

In addition to performing with Cadence, Kurt continues teaching private lessons, doing voice work for TV and film, arranging and composing music, contributing to Canada’s jazz scene, and supporting all facets of music.