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Al Muirhead

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

Ellen Doty: Goosebumps All Over

Read "Ellen Doty: Goosebumps All Over" reviewed by Kevin Press

Calgary's Ellen Doty drops her second LP March 2. Come Fall is a stripped-down collection of gorgeous jazz pop that features Doty on vocals, Davide Di Renzo on drums and Mark Lalama on piano.

The absence of bass, horns and all the rest was an inspired choice. Doty, whose crystal-clear voice must be heard ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Canada Launches The National Music Centre

Canada Launches The National Music Centre

Canada's National Music Centre debuted on July 1st, AKA Canada Day, and organizers hope it will help to propel Calgary's vibrant music scene to international recognition.   Calgary's new National Music Centre features artifacts and historical memorabilia drawn from Canada's rich musical history, such as one of Neil Peart's drum kits, costumes worn by Canadian music icons and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

5-Time Global Music Award Winning Vocalist & Trumpeter Johnny Summers Releases New Album For The Holidays Entitled "When It's Christmas Time"!

5-Time Global Music Award Winning Vocalist & Trumpeter Johnny Summers Releases New Album For The Holidays Entitled "When It's Christmas Time"!

Most musicians say they are lovers of great songs, but very few are able to show it in the way that Johnny Summers does! With the new holiday album, Johnny Summers: When It’s Christmas Time, 2015 winner of three Global Music Awards including Best Male Vocalist, Johnny Summers shows why he has become Canada’s best kept ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Calgary Singer-Songwriter Ellen Doty To Release Debut Album Gold On May 29, 2014

CALGARY SINGER-SONGWRITER ELLEN DOTY TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM GOLD ON MAY 29, 2014 SINGLE & VIDEO LAUNCH “NO GOOD MAN” ON JUNE 11, 2014 "Doty’s talents, both as a vocalist and a songwriter, allow her to effortlessly marry her jazz side with a more polished contemporary approach that pulls from blue-eyed soul and hand-clap pop. The result is not ...

Hutchinson Andrew Trio: Prairie Modern

Read "Hutchinson Andrew Trio: Prairie Modern" reviewed by John Kelman

If Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are the only places in Canada considered, in any way, as hotbeds for jazz, the prairie provinces are, with the exception of the annual Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, pretty close to the bottom of the list of other Canadian cities that have small but aspiring jazz scenes. ...

Hutchinson Andrew Trio: Prairie Modern

Read "Prairie Modern" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Grammy-nominated sax titan Donny McCaslin adds some red- hot verve to the Canadian piano trio's third album, including expert Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato, appearing on three works. Indeed, the core unit injects pastoral elements into the jazz-centric vibe, while enhancing its panorama with cascading storylines, brawny developments and a host of harmonically attractive thematic opuses. The ...