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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

JUNO Nomination - 'It's About Time' 

A whirlwind of a day. Just found out that my debut album 'It's About Time' has been nominated for a JUNO award in the 'Jazz Album of the Year: Solo' category. Very humbled and honoured to be mentioned with so many other wonderful jazz artists!

To see the nominees this year: www.junoawards.ca/nominees

Thank you already to the many well-wishers on this exciting announcement!

Oop! CD Release 

Very excited for the release of my new CD Oop! featuring two of my oldest friends, Tommy Banks (piano) and PJ Perry (sax). We had a great time in studio recording some of our favourite jazz standards. There is a special musical connection on ‘Oop!’ that can only be found with three good friends who have over 60 years of experience playing together!

Reminder our two shows are as follows:

Calgary
Friday Jan. 22nd - 7pm
National Music Centre
134 11 Ave SE
Tix $25
http://ow.ly/Vmx5D

Edmonton
Saturday Jan. 23rd - 8pm 
Yardbird Suite
11 Tommy Banks Way 
TICKETS - MEMBERS $26, GUESTS $30
www.yardbirdsuite.com

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

Kodi Hutchinson Quartet feat. Al Muirhead

Lolita's Lounge, 1413-9th Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Bassist and CKUA Radio Host Kodi Hutchinson features an evening of standards with a swinging band featuring Canadian trumpet master Al Muirhead. Filling out the band is Michelle Gregoire on piano and drummer Afolapi Fapojuwo!

Al Muirhead Big Band

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Central Library, 800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB

Remembrance Day Swing Tribute

Join the Library and JazzYYC for a high-energy tribute to the swing era that features Juno nominated Al Muirhead and his Big Band, as well as free dance lessons and demonstrations from members of Calgary’s Top Cat Swing. This free event is part of JazzYYC’s annual Canadian Jazz Festival. For more information, go to Jazzyyc.com. Sunday, Nov 11, 12:30 – 3:00pm Doors open at 12:30pm with the JazzYYC Youth Lab Band [1:00pm – Big Band, Swing Dance Lessons, Demonstrations]

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.

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Scene TD, Montreal, QC

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 Kelly Jefferson sax, Reg Schwager guitar, Neil Swainson bass, and Ted Warren drums.

TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB

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 Kelly Jefferson sax, Jim Head guitar, Neil Swainson bass, and Ted Warren drums.

This show will be recorded live for an upcoming recording

TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival

Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton

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 Kelly Jefferson sax, Jim Head guitar, Neil Swainson bass, and Ted Warren drums.

This show will be recorded live for an upcoming recording

SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

The Bassment, 202 4th Ave N, Saskatoon, SK

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 Kelly Jefferson sax, Jim Head guitar, Neil Swainson bass, and Ted Warren drums.

TD Victoria International JazzFest

Rubber Boot Club, 1605 Store Street, Victoria, BC

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 Kelly Jefferson sax, Reg Schwager guitar, Neil Swainson bass, and Jesse Cahill drums.

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Frankie's Jazz Club, 755 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC

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 Kelly Jefferson sax, Reg Schwager guitar, Neil Swainson bass, and Jesse Cahill drums.

This show will be recorded live for an upcoming recording

Jazzfest Regina

HIlton Double Tree Hotel, 1975 Broad Street, Regina, SK

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 Kelly Jefferson sax, Reg Schwager guitar, Neil Swainson bass, and Ted Warren drums.

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/