Thank you so much for all of your well-wishes at the JUNO's this past weekend!
It was such an honour to be nominated, and the winner Robi Botos is an amazing person and musician. Well-deserved!
Had such a great time playing at Ironwood for the Jazz Showcase with my band and special guest Chris Andrew on piano. Was so happy to have Tommy make it down to the show in time to sit in for a couple of tunes. PJ, Kodi & Tyler sounded great! Jens Lindemann came and played one of my trumpets with me as well!
Such an amazing night performing live at the JUNO awards on Saturday night with the JUNO Jazz All-Stars (Jerry Granelli, Tommy Banks, Kodi Hutchinson, Allison Au, Rich Brown, Robi Botos, Mark Kelso & myself). I'm told you can download the track on itunes!
Looking forward to making more music! All the best!
A whirlwind of a day. Just found out that my debut album 'It's About Time' has been nominated for a JUNO award in the 'Jazz Album of the Year: Solo' category. Very humbled and honoured to be mentioned with so many other wonderful jazz artists!
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:
Calgary Friday Jan. 22nd - 7pm National Music Centre 134 11 Ave SE Tix $25 http://ow.ly/Vmx5D
Edmonton Saturday Jan. 23rd - 8pm Yardbird Suite 11 Tommy Banks Way TICKETS - MEMBERS $26, GUESTS $30 www.yardbirdsuite.com
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!
Al Muirhead will be releasing his debut album 'It's About Time' in concert on October 18th, 2014 at the River Park Church in Calgary as part of the JazzYYC Illumin8 Concert Series with Tommy Banks (pn), PJ Perry (sx), Kodi Hutchinson (bs), and Tyler Hornby (dr). Tickets and information are available at www.jazzyyc.com
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)
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 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.