Pat Belliveau was born on January 1st,1967, started his formal musical training at the age of four and began playing the saxophone at age 12. Presently, he is on the faculty at the University of Calgary, teaching jazz saxophone, jazz harmony, and jazz improvisation. In addition, he has a number of private students and is active as a clinician/adjudicator for festivals, schools, and various adult groups throughout Western Canada. Pat is a co-founder and past “Vice-President” of the “Calgary Jazz Association” (CJazz) and is presently a member of the “artistic committee” for the annual “CJazz Festival”.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies; has attended many workshops and clinics, and has done private study with various jazz people including Bobby Shew, Kirk MacDonald, George Robert, Roger Rosenberg, Tim Ries, Greg Bush, Dominic Spera and George Coleman.
Pat has an extensive performing background which has involved numerous performances at international jazz festivals in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. In addition, he has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, with a number of groups, including jazz quintet Quintonal, participants at the Montreux International Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 1989, the saxophone ensemble Saxoffonee, participants at the Montreux Festival, 1997, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Vic Damone/Diahann Carroll, the Mills Brothers, “Jazz Vibraphonist” Terry Gibbs, Maureen McGovern, and Mel Torme.
As well, Pat has done numerous concert performances with many artists and groups including; Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Harry Connick Jr., Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, Pat LaBarbera, Mike Tomaro, Steve Slagle, Jeff Jarvis, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Koz, Lenny Pickett, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, Peter Appleyard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Don Braden, Phil Nimmons, David Foster, Hal Linden, Johnny Mathis, Ben Vereen, Neil Sedaka, Petula Clark, Shirley Jones, The 5th Dimension, The Temptations, Clarence Clemons and the “Temple of Soul”, Jack Semple, The University of Calgary Jazz Ensemble, The University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble, The Brandon University Jazz Ensemble, The Abilene Christian University Jazz Ensemble (Abilene, Texas), The Canadian “rock group” Lighthouse, The New York casts of A West Side Story and A Chorus Line, and The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In addition, he has also performed at private functions held for former Canadian Prime Ministers Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, and Joe Clark, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the Queen of Norway. As well, Pat has also performed as an opening artist for Jazz Guitarist John Pizzarelli, the Hugh Fraser/Jean Toussaint Quintet, The Canadian “rock groups” Wide Mouth Mason and The Colin James Band, Jazz Singer Al Jarreau, and The Neville Brothers.