Some of you may remember me talking about the word "air" and how the lack of it was responsible for so many of the problems we have playing the trumpet. There is another word that is just as important. " Listen". We need to really listen to ourselves. Are we blending with the other players in our section? How is our pitch? Are we a bit sharp? A bit flat? Are we giving the lead player the support he or she needs to make our section sound great? Are we so embroiled in the reading of that charts that we forget to listen? Sometimes when I hear some people play, they seem to have turned off their ears. They seem to be interested only in how they sound and how prominent they are in the band. We are a team when we play music together. We need to listen to each other carefully . Focusing on the time, the phrasing, the pitch, and the dynamics. Important word "Listen".
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".
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Prime Time Big Band
Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.
Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.
Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages
Al Muirhead & Kodi Hutchinson Duo
Al performs a duo set with bassist Kodi Hutchinson for residents of the Garrison Green United Active Living Centre
Calgary Jazz Orchestra - The Music of Louis Armstrong & Maria Schneider
Join the Calgary Jazz Orchestra for the Music of Louis Armstrong & Maria Schneider featuring Al Muirhead and members of the CJO.
Calgary Jazz Orchestra: The Duke! Music of Duke Ellington
Join the Calgary Jazz Orchestra for their final concert of the season - The Duke! Music of Duke Ellington and tribute to Lester Young featuring CJO's Shane Statz. Joining the CJO is guest saxophonist Cory Weeds.