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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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Al Muirhead 2014 Summer Jazz Festival Tour Announced 

Al Muirhead will be performing in Alberta as part of the 2014 Medicine Hat Jazz Festival and 2014 Edmonton International Jazz Festival. He will be performing music from his upcoming album 'It's About Time' set to be released in October 2014 on Chronograph Records. The band will include the musicians from the recording including Tommy Banks (pn), PJ Perry (dr), Kodi Hutchinson (bs), and Tyler Hornby (dr).

Edmonton - June 23, 2014 - 7pm - (OPSAC)
Medicine Hat - June 27, 2014 - 8pm - (Esplanade Theatre)

Al Muirhead goes into studio to record debut album 

Jazz veteran Al Muirhead has decided at 78 years old to record his debut album. The album will be a mixture of duo, trio, and quintet tunes with a band featuring old friends Tommy Banks (piano), PJ Perry (Sax), and will be joined by bassist Kodi Hutchinson and drummer Tyler Hornby. The album will feature music from Al's trumpet heroes including Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Shew, and Clifford Brown as well as some brand new original tunes written for this project. The album will be recorded in Calgary at the Station Studio's by Spencer Cheyne with the gracious support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and some very special private donors.

Al Muirhead wins the 2013 WCMA Heritage Award 

Al Muirhead wins the 2013 WCMA Heritage Award for his music mentorship and industry building efforts in Western Canada.

The Western Canadian Music Awards wrapped up this past weekend in Calgary with one of Chronograph Records newest member takings home one of the few awards handed out to an Albertan this year. Al was given the Heritage award at the industry brunch on Saturday morning and performed with fellow Chronograph artist and WCMA nominated jazz pianist Chris Andrew at the Sunday evening awards show.

Known as one of Canada's best trumpet players, Al Muirhead was honoured for a career spanning over 60 years. At 78 years old, Al has recently decided to document his amazing career with an album of music that is a tribute to his trumpet heroes growing up. The new album set for release in early 2014 is aptly named 'It's about time'. Special guests Tommy Banks (piano) and PJ Perry (sax) will be joining Al on the album.

Two other Chronograph artists were nominated in the WCMA artistic categories this year; 100 mile house in the Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year category with their album Wait With Me, and the Hutchinson Andrew Trio for Jazz Recording of the Year with their latest release Prairie Modern.

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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.