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

Sophmore Album 'Oop!' Now Available! 

Had a great weekend releasing my second CD 'Oop!' this past weekend with old friends Tommy Banks (piano) and PJ Perry (sax) in Calgary and Edmonton.

Thank you to everyone who came out to listen. Such an enjoyable weekend of music!

CD's can be purchased at the following link:


Music also available at iTunes

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:

Friday Jan. 22nd - 7pm
National Music Centre
134 11 Ave SE
Tix $25

Saturday Jan. 23rd - 8pm 
Yardbird Suite
11 Tommy Banks Way 

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
Clarke Studies
3. The Original Louis Maggio System for Brass : Basic & Advance Course for Trumpet


Al 'oop' Muirhead

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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.