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Al Muirhead’s Canadian Quintet embarks on jazz festival tour

Announcing Muirhead’s summer Jazz Festival tour:

Presenting his Canadian Quintet and the music of the upcoming album, “Undertones” – an album featuring the rare bass trumpet!

June 16: Jazzfest Regina
June 26: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Coastal Jazz
June 27: TD Victoria International JazzFest, Victoria Jazz Society
June 29: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
June 30: TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival Society
July 2: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
July 29: TD Niagara Jazz Festival

2018 WCMA Nominees Announced

Chronograph is celebrating our 2018 Western Canadian Music Award nominees!

Label President Kodi Hutchinson – Producer of the Year

Audrey Ochoa – Instrumental Artist of the Year

Tommy Banks & Big Miller – Jazz Artist of the Year

Spencer Cheyne – Audio Engineer of the Year

Full list of nominees here:

Canadian Songwriting Competition Finalists

Congrats to Laila Biali and Poor Nameless Boy for being named as finalists in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition!

Laila for Jazz with “Satellite”

Poor Nameless Boy in Electronic for “Damage”

Full list of finalists here:

SaskTel Ad Campaign Features Poor Nameless Boy

Residents of Saskatchewan can hear Poor Nameless Boy’s iconic song River & Trees featured in a SaskTel advertising campaign throughout the fall. Check it out here:

Al Muirhead Begins Summer Jazz Festival Tour

Master jazz trumpeter Al Muirhead begins his summer jazz festival tour this week! Be sure to catch him and special guests as he brings his 2017 WCMA-nominated album “Northern Adventures – The Canada Sessions Vol. 1” to a city near you!

June 16 – Lethbridge Jazz & Blues Festival (with Laila Biali, Vern Dorge, Chris Andrew and Kodi Hutchinson)

June 17 – JazzYYC Summer Festival, Calgary (with Laila Biali, Chris Andrew and Kodi Hutchinson)

June 18 – Medicine Hat Jazz Festival (with Laila Biali, Chris Andrew and Kodi Hutchinson)

June 25 – TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (with Guido Basso, Kodi Hutchinson and Brian Browne)

June 27 – TD Toronto Jazz Festival (with Laila Biali, Reg Schwager and Kodi Hutchinson)

June 29 – TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival (with Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, Tyler Hornby, and Kodi Hutchinson)

Poor Nameless Boy Begins European Tour

From March 17 to April 1, Poor Nameless Boy will travel across Europe on two exciting tours. First, he co-headlines the “Canada Blast Spring Tour” with USS and Declan O’Donovan in Germany:

17.03 GER-Cologne – Stereo Wonderland

18.03 GER-Leipzig – Noch Besser Leben

19.03 GER-Hamburg – Kukuun

20.03 GER-Berlin – Auster Club

Then he joins up with Danish songwriter Burning Velvet and Swiss songwriter Long Tall Jefferson for the “About Songs: Youngbloods” tour in Denmark, Germany and Switzerland:

22.03. DEN-Odense – Kansas City

23.03. DEN-Kopenhagen – Studenterhuset

25.03. GER-Hamburg – Astra Stube

26.03. GER-Berlin – Zukunft am Ostkreuz

27.03. GER-Mnster – Rote Lola

28.03. GER-Cologne – Wohngemeinschaft

29.03. SWI-Basel – Restaurant Union

30.03. SWI-St. Gallen – Bahnhof Bruggen

01.04. SWI-Luzern – Jazzkantine zum Graben

Follow his travels @poornamelessboy

Rare Tommy Banks And Big Miller Recording To Be Released as Fundraiser for the Edmonton Jazz Society

The Edmonton Jazz Society and the Yardbird Suite are pleased to host the official release of a new duet album featuring the late and legendary jazz singer, Clarence Big Miller and Canadian jazz icon, Tommy Banks on piano.

The new release, Legacy, was produced by Edmonton native George Blondheim. Blondheim is recognized internationally as a multi-award winning composer, producer and pianist.

The nine never-before heard songs were originally recorded in August 1989 at Edmontons Beta Sound Recorders. With Bigs untimely passing in 1992, the recordings remained stored away on a hard drive. Now, almost 30 years later, Legacy is being released by Chronograph Records in conjunction with the Yardbird Suites 60th Anniversary celebrations, with proceeds in support of the educational programs of the Edmonton Jazz Society and Yardbird Suite.

Those who remember Big will now be able to hear that terrific voice, warm personality and unique delivery once again. A new audience of jazz lovers will appreciate his beautiful tone and timeless style. Big and Tommy began working together in the 1970s and travelled across Canada performing in many musical settings including duo concerts and CBC broadcasts. This rare moment in studio was intended as a demo session working toward an album, but fate intervened and Big and Tommy were never able to make the final recording Blondheim envisioned.

Big could sing anything and make it work, and his vast memorized repertoire of blues, pop and jazz standards was all-encompassing. When George asked us to do a duet recording, Big and I instantly agreed. He kept those first tapes (there were tapes in those days!), and here they are. They evoke very happy memories of a great artist and a wonderfully big man. Tommy Banks

Album Details

Official release date: March 10, 2017

Available at: Chronograph Records, iTunes, Google Play and other major online retailers

Media copies available as of March 10th

March 11 Listening Party / Meet & Greet

6:30-7pm @ The Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton

Tommy Banks and Producer George Blondheim will be on hand to introduce Legacy to the public and press. George will be curating the event and sharing music (and stories) from the new album. A Q&A session and opportunities for autographs will follow.

At 8pm, the evening then proceeds into the SOLD OUT Yardbird Suite 60th Anniversary Celebrations:

Tommy Banks Presents Piano City with performances by Chris Andrew, Doug Organ, Glen Halls and George Blondheim. Tommy hosts a concert of some of Edmontons best piano masters.