Al Muirhead Al Muirhead has long been an iconic gure on the Canadian jazz scene. And the trumpeter, composer, arranger, sideman and recording artist has been making listeners take notice for longer than jazz fans might realize. Born in Regina in 1935, he was playing in the Regina Symphony and dance bands by age 12. Muirhead began to take notice of greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong. While Muirhead’s playing is infused with the indelible in uence of the jazz giants, his owing, melodic sound is his own — and has become in uential in its own right. He unleashes melodies that are incredibly inventive and utterly timeless. Muirhead has worked with legends such as Diana Krall, Paul Anka, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Mills and Dizzy Gillespie.
In recent years, Al has been honoured with the American Federation of Musician’s Citation
Award and the Western Canadian Music Alliance’s Heritage Award for his mentorship and
industry-building. He’s also earned the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Special Recognition
Award, a 2016 and 2017 YYC Music Award, a 2016 JUNO nomination, a 2017 Western
Canadian Music Award nomination, and has charted #1 in Canada and #3 in the US.