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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

Listening while you play! 

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".

Undertones hits #16 at JazzWeek.com 

Really lovely to see how people are embracing the new album. Playing with Reg, Neil, Ted and Kelly was such a treat for me, Listening to those guys groove - how they support your ideas - and hinting at other things you might try in your soloing. World class musicians. It was such an honour to get to know and play with these guys.

Undertones is chartbound at Jazzweek.com 

Honoured to see that my new album 'Undertones' featuring my Canadian Quintet (Chronograph Records) is chartbound on the US JazzWeek National Charts. I'm quite happy with the new album - it's just a straight ahead jazz album that was such fun to record with these tremendous musicians from Toronto. Thanks to my musical friends and collaborators; Kelly Jefferson (sax), Neil Swainson (bass), Reg Schwager (guitar) and Ted Warren (drums) for their fantastic work!

'All About Jazz' Album Review - Undertones 

For those of you just checking out what I am up to, my new album Undertones featuring my new Canadian Quintet and myself on the Bass Trumpet is set for release on September 28th on Chronograph Records! Check out the wonderful review from Dan McClenaghan giving the album 4 Stars out of 5.

Undertones All About Jazz Review - click here

Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet

Al Muirhead - Bass Trumpet, Kelly Jefferson - Sax, Reg Schwager - Guitar, Neil Swainson - Bass, Ted Warren - Drums

Undertones - Midwest Record Album Review 

Midwest Record Album Review - Undertones 

For those of you just checking out what I am up to, my new album Undertones featuring my new Canadian Quintet and myself on the Bass Trumpet is set for release on September 28th on Chronograph Records! Check out the wonderful review from the Midwest Record. 

Undertones Midwest Record Review - click here 

Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet 

Al Muirhead - Bass Trumpet, Kelly Jefferson - Sax, Reg Schwager - Guitar, Neil Swainson - Bass, Ted Warren - Drums

Summer Tour Wrap Up 

Thanks to everyone who came out to hear us play this summer. Had a wonderful time and recorded three of the festival shows in Vancouver, Edmonton and Niagara. Looking forward to hearing the resulting music.

 

For all those who pre-ordered our new album 'Undertones' it is currently being manufactured and we expect it should be in your hands before the end of the month! Thanks so much for your support and patience.

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!

https://www.coastaljazz.ca/

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:

by BRIAN ZIMMERMAN

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)

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Previous events

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

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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

Hungaria Ball with Eric Friedenberg

Westin Hotel, 320 4th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB

The Magyar Gála is a debutante ball coupled with a strong military tradition. Since its early days in the 1950’s, the ball has grown both in scale and scope. From a humble evening of dinner and dance it blossomed into an elaborate and elegant ball filled with delightful dance performances.

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

Calgary Jazz Orchestra - Art of Romance, Art of Soul

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

For a special night of music featuring the Calgary Jazz Orchestra with strings and Johnny Summers on vocals, join us for the Art of Romance, Art of Soul. The first half of the concert will be romantical music from the Great American Songbook and the second half of the concert will be music from Motown to Modern. Expect to hear the Calgary Jazz Orchestra perform the music of Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Tower of Power, Michael Jackson, Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Bublé, Johnny Hartman, Tony Bennett and Paul Anka.

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

Calgary Jazz Orchestra - A Perfectly Frank Christmas

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

A Perfectly Frank Christmas

Join us for our Christmas tradition again this year! We perform the music of Frank Sinatra & Christmas in this historically sold out performance.

Johnny Summers CD Release Concert We will be celebrating the release and performing music from Johnny's new album "When It's Christmas Time"

3pm & 7pm | River Park Church | 3818 14a St SW |

$25 in advance $30 @ door $15/$20 students

http://www.calgaryjazzorchestra.com

Calgary Jazz Orchestra - A Perfectly Frank Christmas

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

A Perfectly Frank Christmas

Join us for our Christmas tradition again this year! We perform the music of Frank Sinatra & Christmas in this historically sold out performance.

Johnny Summers CD Release Concert We will be celebrating the release and performing music from Johnny's new album "When It's Christmas Time"

3pm & 7pm | River Park Church | 3818 14a St SW |

$25 in advance $30 @ door $15/$20 students

http://www.calgaryjazzorchestra.com

Prime Time Big Band - Ironwood Christmas Show

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Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

Christmas jazz and big band go together like cookies and sprinkles!

Join Prime Time Big Band for three sensational annual holiday concerts: Saturday, Dec. 1, Sunday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 8.

Call the Ironwood at 403-269-5581 [Call: 403-269-5581] for reservations.

Prime Time Big Band - Ironwood Christmas Show

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Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

Christmas jazz and big band go together like cookies and sprinkles!

Join Prime Time Big Band for three sensational annual holiday concerts: Saturday, Dec. 1, Sunday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 8.

Call the Ironwood at 403-269-5581 [Call: 403-269-5581] for reservations.

Prime Time Big Band - Ironwood Christmas Show

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Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

Christmas jazz and big band go together like cookies and sprinkles!

Join Prime Time Big Band for three sensational annual holiday concerts: Saturday, Dec. 1, Sunday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 8.

Call the Ironwood at 403-269-5581 [Call: 403-269-5581] for reservations.

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]