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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.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, 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.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

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

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.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, 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.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

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

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

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

Corinne Plomish Jazz Quartet w/special guest; Al Muirhead

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BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way, Calgary, AB

NEO SOUL meets TRADITIONAL JAZZ with the Corinne Plomish Jazz Quartet with jazz legend, Al Muirhead, on trumpet. Guest performances by the Tri-Tone Rhythm Ensemble and others are sure to get you moving to the music.

Part of UN Jazz Day 2015

Age limit: All ages

Lawson Lundell Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB

Lawson Lundell Celebrity Hors d'Oeuvres is the flagship fundraiser for Alberta Theatre Projects, now in its 22nd fun-filled year. Restaurants are paired with celebrities in an all-out race to sell extraordinary culinary delights to you, our guests.

This year, our pre show entertainment will feature the Prime Time Big Band, with special guests The Fedora Club playing through the competition.

There will be 10 of Calgary’s finest restaurants – some defending their titles from last year.

30 famous Calgarians will partner with them in a team effort to conquer your palate.

It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s Calgary’s Famous Food Frenzy.

Join us at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tickets are $80

Doors open at 6:30 pm. The competition begins at 7:30 pm

Early Bird bonus until January 31 - $10 worth of food tokens

Tickets are $80 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.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, 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.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

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

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

Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble - Standing on the Shoulders of GIANTS

Theatre Junction GRAND, 608 1st St. SW, Calgary, AB

Join the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble at the Theatre Junction GRAND as they explore and expand the Canadian Big Band songbook featuring the world premiere of a BRAND NEW work for jazz orchestra by Calgary trumpeter/composer André Wickenheiser

$36 General, $26 Students & Seniors 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.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, 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.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

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

Prairie Lindy Exchange 2015 (PLEX)

Sugar Swing Dance Club, 10545 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Join the Lindy Hopper’s invasion of Edmonton for the 15th rendition of the Prairie Lindy Exchange. This is a weekend dance event that hops between Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Edmonton where dancers get together to, well, dance!

Al will be performing with Trombonist Brad Shigeta's ensemble at this amazing dance event!

Age limit: All ages

Prairie Lindy Exchange 2015 (PLEX)

Sugar Swing Dance Club, 10545 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Join the Lindy Hopper’s invasion of Edmonton for the 15th rendition of the Prairie Lindy Exchange. This is a weekend dance event that hops between Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Edmonton where dancers get together to, well, dance!

Al will be performing with Trombonist Brad Shigeta's ensemble at this amazing dance event!

Prairie Lindy Exchange 2015 (PLEX)

Sugar Swing Dance Club, 10545 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Join the Lindy Hopper’s invasion of Edmonton for the 15th rendition of the Prairie Lindy Exchange. This is a weekend dance event that hops between Winnipeg, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Edmonton where dancers get together to, well, dance!

Al will be performing with Trombonist Brad Shigeta's ensemble at this amazing dance event!

Mar8

Cappy Smart Band with Calgary’s Prime Time Big Band presents: Waltzes, Dances and all that Jazz!

Mount Royal University - Leacock Theatre, Calgary, AB

The Calgary Fire Department ‘s Cappy Smart Band in conjunction with Calgary’s Prime Time Big Band presents: Waltzes, Dances and all that Jazz!

$10.00 adults $5.00 students/seniors Age limit: All ages

Mar7

Bob Erlendson & The Jazz Corner Ensemble

Kawa , #101 - 1333 8th Street SW, Calgary, AB

Bob Erlendson - Piano Jessica Erlendson van Remmen - Flute / Vocals Al Muirhead - Trumpet Marvin Yakoweshen - Sax Kai Poscente - Bass Kjell Gjertsen - Drums Zvika Anosh - Percussion

Age limit: All ages

Dec21

Calgary Jazz Orchestra - A Perfectly Frank Christmas

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

The Calgary Jazz Orchestra continues it's tradition of performing the music of Christmas and Sinatra for this concert that historically sells out! Join us for this special matinee performance, new this year.

Calgary Jazz Orchestra 403.239.8545 info@calgaryjazzorchestra.com

Age limit: All ages

Dec21

Calgary Jazz Orchestra - A Perfectly Frank Christmas

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

The Calgary Jazz Orchestra continues it's tradition of performing the music of Christmas and Sinatra for this concert that historically sells out! Join us for this special matinee performance, new this year.

Calgary Jazz Orchestra 403.239.8545 info@calgaryjazzorchestra.com

Age limit: All ages

Dec13

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.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, 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.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

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

Dec6

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.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, 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.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

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

Nov28

Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble

National Music Centre, 134 11 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

The Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble Presents:

“Made in Calgary: New Works for Jazz Orchestra”

Featuring Original Music by:

Andre Wichkenheiser Lorna MacLachlan Jonathan McCaslin Mark Limacher Carsten Rubeling Mark DeJong Dean Yeats Jan Mulder

Featuring the 16-piece Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble

$30 General Admission $20 Students

$30 General Admission $20 Students Age limit: All ages

Nov27

Johnny Summers Jazz Orchestra

Trans Canada Theatre, Olds, AB

Age limit: All ages