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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

Yogi Berra on Jazz 

An interview with the Master of Malapropisms

Interviewer:  Can you explain Jazz?  

Yogi:  I can't, but I will. 90% of all Jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it's wrong.  

Interviewer:  I don't understand.  

Yogi:  Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it.  

Interviewer:  Do you understand it?  

Yogi:  No. That's why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn't know anything about it.  

Interviewer:  Are there any great Jazz players alive today?  

Yogi:  No. All the great Jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead.  

Interviewer:  What is syncopation?  

Yogi:  That's when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In Jazz, you don't hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be Jazz, but only if they're the same as something different from those other kinds.  

Interviewer:  Now I really don't understand.  

Yogi:  I haven't taught you enough for you to not understand Jazz that well. 

Thank you for the 80th Birthday Celebration 

Thank you to all my friends and family who came out to celebrate my 80th Birthday at the Ironwood Sunday. A wonderful surprise that Johnny Summers and Jim Murray organized for me. Such a pleasure seeing some old friends and family; Cal, Tommy, Jens and so many more!

Trumpet Tips #3: Talent isn't enough 

I've known some wonderfully talented players in my days, some, who never amounted to much. Everything came so easily to them. However, they didn't spend the necessary time on their horn to become a really good strong player. Talent just opens up the door. After that you have to work just as hard as the less talented.

A well organized practice routine is vital to a trumpet players growth.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice baby, practice!

Trumpet Tips #2 

When starting off playing music, take every opportunity that comes your way to play with different ensembles - in all genres. Sometimes we put the blinders on, or close our ears to styles of music that may not be our favourite to play or listen to. It's been my experience that you can learn a lot from these experiences, and if you are going to make a living in the music business, more doors will be open to you.

Also, as a trumpet player, no matter what genre of music you play, take lessons from the best Classical Trumpet player in your area - learn the fundamentals. 

Trumpet Tips #1: Trumpet books every aspiring trumpet player needs to have in their library. 

Welcome to my Trumpet Tips!

I thought I would out start out easy with my first trumpet tip and give a short list of trumpet books every aspiring trumpet player should have!

My personal favourites:

1. Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet
2.
Clarke Studies
3. The Original Louis Maggio System for Brass : Basic & Advance Course for Trumpet

Enjoy!

Al 'oop' Muirhead

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Previous events

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Boyce Theatre, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB

Al Muirhead will be in his 37th year performing for The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search. Al served as musical director for over 30 years for the event.

The 37th annual Stampede Talent Search

Showcasing some of Canada's most talented young performers - competing for over $16,000 in cash prizes.

Tip: Make sure you come down early to the Boyce Theatre as the as the house is usually full during Preliminary Competition and packed during the Semi-Final and Final night of competition.

http://talentsearch.calgarystampede.com/

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

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 reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Canadian Jazz Festivals Tour

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Various - Western Canada / Ontario

Announcement coming soon!

Al Muirhead will be performing this summer in Canada for a number of jazz festivals in mid-late June. Dates to be announced soon.

A bit of a sneak peak....Al will be playing with various artists from his critically acclaimed album 'Northern Adventures - The Canada Sessions Vol. 1'. Confirmed artists on select shows include Laila Biali, Tommy Banks & Chris Andrew!

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

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 reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

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 reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Prime Time Big Band

 —  —

Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

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 reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

CJO: Suite Jubilation (with NWSC) & Music of Benny Goodman (Feat. J. Brown)

River Park Church, 3818 14A St SW, Calgary, AB

The Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Summers and the NWSC are back to bring you Suite Jubilation; a remarkable 11-movement suite composed for full jazz orchestra and choir by Johnny Summers. This Canadian composition generated so much interest at the premiere concert in 2015, it sparked a recording project to share this music with everyone. As a unique opening treat, the beginning of the concert will include Jeremy Brown on clarinet featuring the musical styles of Benny Goodman.

Visit www.calgaryjazzorchestra.com for tickets and info.