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Bill McBirnie: The Silent Wish

Read "The Silent Wish" reviewed by Don Phipps

On this set of choice covers and one original, Bill McBirnie uses the flute to express dancing, happiness, blues, romance and melancholy. Sliding effortlessly along the keys of his instrument, McBirnie produces a wonderfully cool tone. Take his work on Ray Bryant's “Reflection" or Kenny Dorham's “Blue Bossa." There's a peppy action to it, like a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Flautist Bill McBirnie releases The Silent Wish with Bernie Senensky

Flautist Bill McBirnie releases The Silent Wish with Bernie Senensky

The Silent Wish is the latest release from Canada's premier jazz and Latin flutist, Bill McBirnie, and it features Bill's superior craftsmanship along with that of his longstanding and formidable accompanist, Bernie Senensky, in an intimate duo setting, brimming with pristine acoustic clarity, that displays their uncommon levels of musicianship and simpatico as they explore a ...

Bill McBirnie

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill has also been solicited by no less than Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James' official web site. Bill is well known for his outstanding technique. However, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his recordings as a sideman with Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emile-Claire Barlow

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira

Read "Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A wide variety of recent Latin jazz releases. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco influences are all represented.

Mike Freeman ZonaVibe
Blue Tjade
VOF Recordings
2015

Vibraphonist Mike Freeman leads his ZonaVibe group through an exciting program of Latin jazz originals on his sixth album as leader. The title tune ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Brazilian Flute Release Bill Mc Birnie & Bruce Jones Release "Grain Of Sand"

New Brazilian Flute Release Bill Mc Birnie & Bruce Jones Release "Grain Of Sand"

Extreme Flute release Grain of Sand features Bill McBirnie on flute, alto flute and piccolo along with the multi-talented singer-songwriter, Bruce Jones. Grain of Sand consists of original material in a variety of Brazilian formats incliding improvised flute work and is now available at CDBaby and iTunes. Early praise for Grain of Sand “...McBirnie’s brilliant flute technique and sensitive style ...

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The Bill McBirnie Trio: Find Your Place

Read "Find Your Place" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz flautist Bill McBirnie fronts a unique organ trio on Find Your Place, his sixth album as a leader. McBirnie lends his “Extreme" flute and award-winning chops to an array of swing, Latin-flavored, bossa nova, shuffle and ballads in one audacious outing. Joining forces with fellow Canadians Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 organ and Anthony ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Bill McBirnie Trio: Find Your Place

Read "Find Your Place" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The standard organ trio doesn't usually include a flute. On paper, it sounds like a bad idea. It seems as if the cool breeze aspects of the airy blowing of the flute would get lost in the organ's electric woosh. As it turns out, flutist Bill McBirnie's Find Your Place, proves those seemingly similar sounds to ...

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Flutist, Bill McBirnie, Releases A New Album - Find Your Place

Flutist, Bill McBirnie, Releases A New Album - Find Your Place

The Bill McBirnie Trio featuring Bernie Senensky and Anthony Michelli Find Your Place Bill McBirnie's new album, Find Your Place, departs in a significant way from his previously acclaimed acoustic jazz projects ("Mercy" with Robi Botos; “Paco Paco" with Bernie Senensky; and “Nature Boy" with Mark Eisenman). In FIND YOUR PLACE, Bill places the flute in a very unlikely role...as part ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Results Of The NFA Jazz Flute Soloist Competition

Canadian jazz flutist, Bill McBirnie, was selected as a winner in the inaugural Jazz Flute Soloist Competition at the 40th annual National Flute Association (NFA) convention, held August 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NFA was founded in 1972 in the USA and is international in scope. It has grown to become one of the largest instrumental organizations in the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Sweet Sixteen: Brenda Carol & Clairevoyance Live At Hothouse Cafe 2012

Sweet Sixteen: Brenda Carol & Clairevoyance Live At Hothouse Cafe 2012

TWO NIGHTS: SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012 and MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 This all ages, 2 evening event features some of Canada's finest jazz artists including Brenda Carol, Toronto pianist and educator Stephen Gardner on grand piano, Bill McBirnie on master flute, electric bassist and backing vocals of Bryant Didier and Chris Burrell on drums. ClaireVoyance will perform at HotHouse Cafe, 35 Church ...