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)
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
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.
Chronograph Records announces of nominations for the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards from trumpeter Al Muirhead, and the Hutchinson Andrew Trio.
80 year old trumpeter Al Muirhead received a nomination for Jazz Artist of the Year on the strength of his newest release Oop! and his JUNO nominated album Its About Time. Al Muirhead was honoured in 2013 with the Heritage Award from the WCMAs for his outstanding career in music.
Led by Edmonton pianist and composer Chris Andrew, the Hutchinson Andrew Trio received their 4th career WCMA nomination with their newest album Hollow Trees for Instrumental Artist of the Year! www.hatjazz.com
As the only Alberta nominees in each of their categories both artists are proud to represent their Province at the upcoming Breakout West Awards this October in Regina (Oct 13-16, 2016).
Kick off your 2016 JUNO week in style with Chronograph Records for an evening of music featuring some of Western Canada’s top artists in Jazz and Folk! March 31 beginning at 7pm, Wine-Ohs 811 1st Street SW, Calgary.
Headlining the night is trumpeter and 2016 Jazz JUNO-Nominee Al Muirhead featuring saxophonist PJ Perry. Tickets are $10 at the door, featuring award-winning artists from one of Western Canada’s top Independent Record Labels!
The schedule for the evening is as follows:
6pm Doors open
7pm Johanna Sillanpaa (Vocal Jazz & Soul) – Calgary
8pm Tyler Hornby (Contemporary Jazz) – Calgary
9pm Al Muirhead Quintet feat. PJ Perry (sax) (Traditional Jazz) – Calgary / Edmonton
10pm Poor Nameless Boy (Folk) – Regina
11pm Hutchinson Andrew Trio feat. Brent Mah (sax) (Contemporary Jazz) – Calgary / Edmonton
Congratulations to two Chronograph artists for making the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Competition! Pianist and composer Chris Andrew is nominated in Instrumental for his jazz-classical piece “Beroke.” Poor Nameless Boy (Joel Henderson) is nominated in Folk for his title track “Bravery.”
Western Canadian trumpeter and jazz legend Al Muirhead is nominated for A 2016 JUNO award for his debut album Its About Time in the Jazz Album of the Year: Solo category.
Al Muirhead’s first album Its About Time is aptly titled having been released shortly after his 79th birthday. This album is something that’s was a long time coming; something that needed to happen, says co-producer and bassist Kodi Hutchinson. Al Muirhead is one of Canadas living jazz legends, and it was important to document his artistry and his music!
It seems that others agree! The album which has been receiving rave reviews marked some major milestones reaching #1 in Canada and #21 in the United States on jazz radio. Its no wonder considering the tight knit Western Canadian ensemble that Al assembled for the recording, featuring jazz luminaries and two close friends that he has been performing with for over 60 years; JUNO winner and Order of Canada Recipient Tommy Banks on piano, and JUNO winning saxophonist PJ Perry. Rounding out the band are the relative youngsters; bassist Kodi Hutchinson (Montreal TD Grand Jazz Winner) and drummer Tyler Hornby (Multiple Western Canadian Music Award nominee).
A collection of timeless jazz standards and Al Muirhead originals, the album is a mix of full band, trio and duo tracks that let Muirhead unleash melodies that are at once incredibly inventive and utterly timeless.
Join us, January 22nd, for a very special evening celebrating the release of veteran jazz trumpeter Al Muirhead’s second album, “Oop!” Named after his long-time nickname (Alley Oop), the album follows on the Fall 2014 release of his debut album at 79 years old! Now at 80 years young, Al was joined in studio by jazz legends in their own right, Tommy Banks (piano) and PJ Perry (saxophone), to record this project of favourite jazz standards.