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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

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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 ...

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The Silent Wish

Label: Extreme Flute
Released: 2018
Track listing: Reflection; Black Orpheus/Morning Of The Carnival; Saber Cair/Knowing How To Fall; Cabana Boy; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; First Song (for Ruth); Recado Bossa Nova; Dança da Solidão (Paulinho da Viola); No Moon At All; Away From Home; Blue Bossa; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?.

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My Heart Belongs To Daddy

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Label: Extreme Flute
Released: 2018
Duration: 4:07

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Grain of Sand

Label: Extreme Flute
Released: 2015

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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 ...

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Find Your Place

Label: Extreme Flute
Released: 2014
Track listing: So In Love; Yes Indeed!; Sister Sadie; Oh! Darlin; Minority; Estate; Jeannine; Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You; Yes Or No; Soy Califa; Rhythm- A-Ning; Find Your Place.

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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 ...


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