People aspire to be master of many skills and Al Muirhead is one who has accomplished this dream and has no plans of slowing down. Whether it is playing a sweet and melodic trumpet solo, composing and arranging for a big band, small ensemble or orchestra, performing one take sessions on recordings or mentoring young musicians, Al is an inspiration in the Canadian music scene and is known as the "Elder statesman of Jazz Trumpet in Alberta".

Al Muirhead News & Trumpet Tips

Live Recording tonight at Frankie's in Vancouver 

Looking forward to playing tonight with my new Canadian Quintet Frankie's as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. We'll be recording the show so come down and enjoy. Show starts at 8pm. Al Muirhead - Bass Trumpet, Kelly Jefferson - Tenor Sax, Reg Schwager - Guitar, Neil Swainson - Bass & Jesse Cahill - Drums.

Signed copies of our new @chronorecords release Undertones will be available for pre-order!


Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet 2018 Summer Jazz Festival Tour 

Al Muirhead is on tour with his new band for the 2018 Canadian Jazz Festivals! 

Al will be performing at six Canadian Festivals this June and July with his Canadian Quintet presenting new music from their upcoming release 'Undertones' featuring him on the bass trumpet. The band is as follows: Al Muirhead (bass trumpet), Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Reg Schwager (guitar), Neil Swainson (bass), Ted Warren (drums). Check Al's 'Shows' section of the site for all the details.

June 16 - JazzFest regina - Regina, SK 
June 26 - TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival - Vancouver, BC (Live Recording)
June 27 - TD Victoria International Jazz festival - Victoria, bC 
June 29 - SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival - Saskatoon, SK 
June 30 - TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival - Edmonton, AB (Live Recording)
July 2 - Montreal  International Jazz Festival - Montreal, QC 
July 29 - TD Niagara Jazz Festival - Niagara-on-the-lake, ON

4-Star Downbeat Magazine Review of Northern Adventures 

May 2017 DownBeat Magazine Review:


Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1 (4 of 5 Stars)

Al Muirhead is a bright light on the Canadian jazz scene, a JUNO-nominated trumpeter with 26 albums to his name and a roster of sideman gigs that includes stints with Dizzy Gillespie and Diana Krall. Long a supportive player, he released his debut album in North America in 2014—at age 80. Northern Adventures—The Canada Sessions Vol. 1 (Chronograph Records; 57:58) is his second album in two years, and it brings together fellow luminaries of Canadian jazz for an intimate program of jazz standards. Listeners will find themselves luxuriating in Muirhead’s deep, mellifluous tone, which at times conveys the warm, downy timbre of a trombone, especially in the lower register. That’s nowhere more evident than on “Love Me Or Leave Me,” on which the trumpeter unspools fluttering ribbons of bottom-heavy bop. Muirhead and vocalist Laila Biali entwine sweetly on the ballad “The Nearness Of You.” The song is an airy, stripped-down marvel, and its serene weightlessness nearly sets it afloat. 

Ordering info: chronographrecords.com

Al Muirhead Summer Jazz Festival Tour 

Al Muirhead is heading on tour for the 2017 Canadian Jazz Festivals!

Al will be performing at six Canadian Festivals this June! The tour is very much in the spirit of his new album 'Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1' that recently garnered a 4-Star review from DownBeat Magazine!. Al will be featuring a variety of ensembles across Canada drawing from many of the musicians who played on the new disc including jazz luminaries such as Guido Basso, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry & Laila Biali. The final show in Edmonton will be a special evening featuring his 2016 JUNO-nominated quintet! (click on the festival names below for more info)

Friday JUNE 16 - Lethbridge Jazz & Blues Festival
with Laila Biali (vocals), Vern Dorge (sax), Chris Andrew (piano) & Kodi Hutchinson (bass)

Saturday JUNE 17 - JazzYYC Summer Festival
with Laila Biali (vocals), Chris Andrew (piano) & Jason Valleau (bass)

Sunday JUNE 18 - Medicine Hat Jazz Festival
with Laila Biali (vocals), Chris Andrew (piano) & Kodi Hutchinson (bass)

Sunday JUNE 25 - TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
with Guido Basso (flugelhorn), Brian Browne (piano) & Kodi Hutchinson (bass)

Tuesday JUNE 27 - TD Toronto Jazz Festival
with Laila Biali (vocals), Reg Schwager (guitar) & Kodi Hutchinson (bass)

Thursday JUNE 29 - TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival
with Tommy Banks (piano), PJ Perry (sax), Kodi Hutchinson (bass) & Tyler Hornby (drums)

Co-Host for Monica Miller's Mixtape Tonight on CKUA 

Tune in tonight (Feb 22nd, 2017) at 7pm MST at www.ckua.com as I co-host mixtape with host Monica Miller. For more info and for my full playlist visit www.ckua.com


On this week’s Mixtape we’re all about brass as we spend the hour with Calgary jazz trumpeter Al Muirhead. Originally from Regina, Al has been a Calgarian since the 1960s – running a music store, working in television, writing, arranging, teaching and, with his wife Ida, raising a family. Now in his 80s, the past 2 and a half years have been something of a renaissance for Al Muirhead jazz trumpeter with the rapid-fire release of 3 albums in 3 years featuring Al as leader – all on Calgary’s Chronograph Records. The first, was 2014’s It’s About Time – the title a reference to it being Al’s first recording as a leader after something like 70 years as professional musician. It was nominated for a JUNO Award. Oop! (2016) featured Al in the company of P.J. Perry and Tommy Banks. The most recent, Northern Adventures: The Canada Sessions Volume 1 was just released this month. 

Al was the recipient of the 2013 Heritage Award from the Western Canadian Music Alliance. As part of that year’s Western Canadian Music Awards ceremony this video shown illustrating to the audience gathered that evening why he was more than deserving of the honour! video link

New album #1 in Canada & #27 in the US this week! 

What a pleasant surprise. The new album 'Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1' is in it's 2nd week at #1 in Canada on the Earshot Jazz Charts and just entered the US jazzweek.com charts at #27. Such an honour that people are enjoying this music. Thank you all so very much! We're all very proud of the new album featuring so many wonderful #Canadian #Jazz musicians!



Calgary & Edmonton CD Releases 

Thanks to everyone who came out for some very special shows for the release of my latest CD 'Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1'.

Such great listening crowds in Edmonton at the Yardbird Suite and in Calgary at the King Eddy at the National Music Centre. If you missed the shows we had a great band featuring myself on  trumpet and bass trumpet with my good friend Tommy Banks on piano, Campbell Ryga from Vancouver on saxophone and bassist Kodi Hutchinson.

We had some very special guests at both shows with guitarist Bobby Cairns on guitar for the Edmonton show and PJ Perry popping by for a tune lighting up the room. In Calgary, Johnny Summers of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra joined me on trumpet.

Thanks so much to everyone for your support!


CD Release Ticket Links for Edmonton (Jan 28th) & Calgary (Feb 4th) 

To purchase tickets for the 'Northern Adventures - Canada Sessions Vol. 1' CD Releases click on the following links:

Edmonton - Jan 28th at the Yardbird Suite

Click here to buy Al Muirhead Edmonton CD Release Tickets!

Calgary - Feb 4th at the King Eddy

Click here to buy Al Muirhead Calgary CD Release Tickets!

Join Al for the release of his newest album 'Northern Adventures - Canada Sessions Vol. 1'. Both shows will feature Al with some old friends playing music from the new album that features some of Canada's top musicians. Al Muirhead (Trumpet), Tommy Banks (Piano), Campbell Ryga (Sax) & Kodi Hutchinson (Bass).

For the Edmonton show guitarist Bobby Cairns will also joining Al!

New album coming out this month! 

Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1

I am excited to announce the release of my third album "Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1" featuring collaborations with some old and new musical friends from across the country! The album will be coming out January 27, 2017... 

Introducing the first of five combinations of musicians on the album:

Mike Murley (sax) + Chris Andrew (piano) + Al Muirhead (trumpet & bass trumpet)

Thanks to Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR), Bill Treherne and Jolene Treherne for helping this project come to life!

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TD Niagara Jazz Festival

Simcoe Park, 169 King Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

JUNO-nominated trumpeter Al Muirhead “is a bright light on the Canadian jazz scene. Listeners will find themselves luxuriating in Muirhead’s deep, mellifluous tone…. 4 Stars!” (Downbeat Magazine). His new Canadian Quintet features Muirhead boldly taking on the rare bass trumpet, as well as highlighting musicians Al has had a fondness for and deep musical connection with over the years. Featuring Canadian jazz heavyweights Reg Schwager guitar and Ted Warren drums.