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.
We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the new album “Bravery” from Poor Nameless Boy! Go to Exclaim! for your first chance to hear the stream of the title track! Digital release January 15, with the album release event on the 17 in Regina and multiple dates across Western Canada. Big thanks to Creative Saskatchewan for helping to make this project a reality! Can’t wait for you to hear the new music!
From the fields of the Canadian Prairies came two impressive contemporary jazz albums in 2015. Earshot Online reports two Chronograph albums amongst the favourites on Canadian jazz radio last year.
Taking the yearly top spot, Edmonton’s A/B Trio held fast for 2 months at #1 across the country with their album “Out West” recorded with jazz veteran and JUNO winner Mike Murley. The album earned the group their first Western Canadian Music Award nomination and a shortlist for Edmonton’s music prize. “Out West” shows the group’s inspirations from contemporary players such as Chris Potter, and Dave Holland, as well as jazz greats Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman.
Coming in at #8 on the list, Calgarian Tyler Hornby recorded “Launch” with Canadian jazz legends Ingrid Jensen and David Braid. The album spent many weeks at national radio and charted in the US. “Launch” earned Tyler his third Western Canadian Music Award nomination in 2015. The music is hard-driving, polyrhythmic, original compositions that combines catchy melodies with a contemporary rhythm section, creating multiple soundscapes and textures.
Chronograph Records would like to thank jazz radio across Canada and our partners at Dale Speaking for helping jazz listeners hear our new music!
Great showing for Regina-based singer-songwriter Poor Nameless Boy, as his new album Bravery hits the airwaves across Canada! With plays from campus and community radio and CBC across the country, the album makes it’s charting debut in the #2 spot!