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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".

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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)

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

Synopsis:

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

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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/

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

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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

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.

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

Al Muirhead Quintet - Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival

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Eric Harvie Theatre - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff National Park, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, AB

AL AND FRIENDS | Eric Harvie Theatre 7:30 PM; 8:15 PM; 9:30 PM

This group features the finest jazz musicians in Canada. JUNO-nominated trumpeter Al Muirhead will lead the group and be joined by Canadian jazz legends Tommy Banks and P.J. Perry. This is sure to be an unbelievable evening of jazz to start this year’s festival.

http://crmfestival.com/2017-festival-concerts/

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

Cappy Smart Band - Hawaii Tour

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Various - Hawaii, USA

Al joins the Cappy Smart Band as a special guest for a unique tour of Hawaii!

About The Band

The original Cappy Smart band was formed by the first fulltime paid Fire Chief for the City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; James “Cappy” Smart in the late 1800’s. A firefighter for 48 years and Chief for 35 years, Cappy guided the Calgary Fire Department from horses into the age of motorized apparatus. Add to this a long list of volunteer accomplishments and professional honours and James Cappy Smart is a true icon in Calgary’s early history. In 1897 Cappy was the Assistant Chief and took over as Fire Chief a year later.

The Cappy Smart band originally began as a welcome cultural diversion for fire department members and the citizenry at large. The band performed at a wide variety of social functions from ice cream socials to operas for the citizens of Calgary. It was a staple in the entertainment for a vibrant young city and performed extensively. The band ceased to function in early 1914 when all of the musicians in the band volunteered for the War effort.

The Cappy Smart band was reformed in the fall of 1993 with the invaluable assistance and encouragement of Mr. David Mitchell then CEO of Alberta Energy Company whose father was a close personal friend of Cappy Smart.

Our members are primarily amateur players with numerous professional musicians from the community and we have several retired firefighters in our midst. We successfully maintain membership of approximately 50 performers with ages ranging into the mid 80’s. The band provides musical support for select Calgary Fire Department ceremonial functions. We play throughout the year at a wide variety of venues in support of not only the fire department but also numerous charities and non-profit organizations.

The Cappy Smart Band has also had the opportunity to travel and represent the Calgary Fire Department at the World Police and Fireman Games (WPFG) internationally in such venues as Carnegie Hall, NY (2009) and Mirabell Gardens, Austria (2011). We look forward to continue representing Calgary now and in the future.

www.cappysmart.com