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People aspire to be master of many skills and Al Muirhead is one who has accomplished this dream and has no plans of slowing down. Whether it is playing a sweet and melodic trumpet solo, composing and arranging for a big band, small ensemble or orchestra, performing one take sessions on recordings or mentoring young musicians, Al is an inspiration in the Canadian music scene and is known as the "Elder statesman of Jazz Trumpet in Alberta".

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Cadence Magazine Review - 'It's About Time' 

Thanks to Sheila Thistlethwaite who came across a nice review of 'It's About Time' from Cadence Magazine's January 2016 issue:

AL MUIRHEAD - IT'S ABOUT TIME
CHRONOGRAPH CR-041. 

SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH / A NIGHT IN TUNISIA / IDA MAE / PENNIES FROM HEAVEN/ IT'S ABOUT TIME / STARDUST / JOY SPRING / ALL BLUES / MR. CLEAN / BREAKFAST WINE / THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. 50:59. 
Muirhead, tpt, b tpt, vcl; P. J. Perry, as, ts; Tommy Banks, p; kodi Hutchinson, b; Tyler Hornby, d.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

  
Here's a new name for us. Our neighbors to the north have produced many musicians we have eventually become familiar with, Oscar Peterson being the most well known. But trumpet ace Al Muirhead is very well known among fellow Canadian musicians especially on the studio scene where he has appeared on a multitude of albums many by A-list artists. The easily recognized reed master P.J. Perry is probably the most recognizable to Cadence readers and life-long friend Tommy Banks mans the piano bench. The principal's clear, ringing tones are heard on eleven tracks many of which are salutes to trumpet kings (Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis). The title number and “Ida Mae” are both from Muirhead's pen and while not especially memorable serve as good blowing vehicles. With eight decades in his pocket, 
it is heartening to see veteran players receiving some well-deserved exposure while they are still here to enjoy it. - Larry Hollis

Breakout West Nomination 

Found out today that I was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year!

Such a whirlwind of nominations, I'm overwhelmed by the response to my music! I guess it ain't over till the fat lady sings!

-Oop!

Thank you for the overwhelming support at the JUNOs! 

Thank you so much for all of your well-wishes at the JUNO's this past weekend!

It was such an honour to be nominated, and the winner Robi Botos is an amazing person and musician. Well-deserved!

Had such a great time playing at Ironwood for the Jazz Showcase with my band and special guest Chris Andrew on piano. Was so happy to have Tommy make it down to the show in time to sit in for a couple of tunes. PJ, Kodi & Tyler sounded great! Jens Lindemann came and played one of my trumpets with me as well!

Such an amazing night performing live at the JUNO awards on Saturday night with the JUNO Jazz All-Stars (Jerry Granelli, Tommy Banks, Kodi Hutchinson, Allison Au, Rich Brown, Robi Botos, Mark Kelso & myself). I'm told you can download the track on itunes!

Looking forward to making more music! All the best!

JUNO Nomination - 'It's About Time' 

A whirlwind of a day. Just found out that my debut album 'It's About Time' has been nominated for a JUNO award in the 'Jazz Album of the Year: Solo' category. Very humbled and honoured to be mentioned with so many other wonderful jazz artists!

To see the nominees this year: www.junoawards.ca/nominees

Thank you already to the many well-wishers on this exciting announcement!

Oop! CD Release 

Very excited for the release of my new CD Oop! featuring two of my oldest friends, Tommy Banks (piano) and PJ Perry (sax). We had a great time in studio recording some of our favourite jazz standards. There is a special musical connection on ‘Oop!’ that can only be found with three good friends who have over 60 years of experience playing together!

Reminder our two shows are as follows:

Calgary
Friday Jan. 22nd - 7pm
National Music Centre
134 11 Ave SE
Tix $25
http://ow.ly/Vmx5D

Edmonton
Saturday Jan. 23rd - 8pm 
Yardbird Suite
11 Tommy Banks Way 
TICKETS - MEMBERS $26, GUESTS $30
www.yardbirdsuite.com

Yogi Berra on Jazz 

An interview with the Master of Malapropisms

Interviewer:  Can you explain Jazz?  

Yogi:  I can't, but I will. 90% of all Jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it's wrong.  

Interviewer:  I don't understand.  

Yogi:  Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it.  

Interviewer:  Do you understand it?  

Yogi:  No. That's why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn't know anything about it.  

Interviewer:  Are there any great Jazz players alive today?  

Yogi:  No. All the great Jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead.  

Interviewer:  What is syncopation?  

Yogi:  That's when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In Jazz, you don't hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be Jazz, but only if they're the same as something different from those other kinds.  

Interviewer:  Now I really don't understand.  

Yogi:  I haven't taught you enough for you to not understand Jazz that well. 

Thank you for the 80th Birthday Celebration 

Thank you to all my friends and family who came out to celebrate my 80th Birthday at the Ironwood Sunday. A wonderful surprise that Johnny Summers and Jim Murray organized for me. Such a pleasure seeing some old friends and family; Cal, Tommy, Jens and so many more!

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Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Calgary Jazz Orchestra

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River Park Church, 3818 14A St SW, Calgary, AB

Continuum CD Release

CJO tenor saxophonist Shane Statz and trumpeter Johnny Summers will be celebrating the release of the quintets first CD covering the range of music in the Jazz umbrella. Their compositions are inspired by musicians from Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Wynton Marsalis, Maria Schneider and more. We will be celebrating this CD release in concert by performing the music arranged for Jazz Orchestra. For more information visit

www.continuumjazz.ca

The Birth of the Blues

The last notes we play of our 11th season will be used to explore Blues music from it's beginning to now. Featuring guest guitarist Russell Broom.

7pm | River Park Church | 3818 14a St SW | $25 in advance $30 @ door $15/$20 students

http://www.calgaryjazzorchestra.com

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Calgary Jazz Orchestra

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River Park Church, 3818 14A St SW, Calgary, AB

Cannonball & Nat Adderley Reimagined

Our lead Alto Saxophonist Gerry Hebert is releasing a new album recorded with his quintet. The CJO will be performing original arrangements based on Gerry's new CD to celebrate!

The Music of Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole's legacy of music is astounding in depth, and we will be performing new arrangements of his music for Jazz Orchestra.

7pm | River Park Church | 3818 14a St SW | $25 in advance $30 @ door $15/$20 students

UofL Jazz Ensemble Welcomes Jazz Great Al Muirhead

University Theatre - University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB

U of L Jazz Ensemble Welcomes Jazz Great Al Muirhead

Calgary’s Al Muirhead comes quickly to mind when contemplating great Canadian jazz musicians. The U of L Jazz Ensemble has the pleasure of performing alongside this 2016 Juno nominated trumpet player, on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm in the University Theatre

“There are certain people you always hear about,” says Dr. Josh Davies, U of L Jazz Ensemble Director. “And Al Muirhead is one of them.”

Known as the ‘Elder statesman of Jazz Trumpet in Alberta,’ Muirhead is one of the top two trumpet players in Canada, was nominated for the 2016 Juno for Best Jazz Album and received the 2013 Heritage Award from the Western Canadian Music Awards. He is featured on half of the songs on the concert program, including some of his own compositions.

“Al is spending most of a week on campus rehearsing with the band and giving lessons, which is an amazing learning opportunity for our students,” expands Davies. “At the concert, Al doesn’t just play on top of the band, he plays with them. What a great chance to learn from one of the all-time greats.”

While here as a special guest of the Jazz Ensemble Muirhead participates in a “mini-residency” offering a Masterclass on improvisation, Friday, April 8 from 12 - 2 pm in W470. Anyone is welcome to attend!

Don’t miss this jazz icon and the U of L Jazz Ensemble, Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm in the University Theatre. Tickets are available through the Box Office, 403-329-2616 or online at ulethbridge.ca/tickets.

$20 regular, $15 senior/alum, $12 student. Call the box office at 403-329-2616 or ulethbridge.ca/tickets.

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Al Muirhead - Live on CKUA Radio

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Telus Convention Centre, 120 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB

Tune into CKUA radio or head down to Stephen Avenue in Calgary for a live interview on 'A Time For Jazz' with his old friend Tommy Banks! www.ckua.com

Al will perform live with Robi Botos from Toronto.

Al Muirhead - JUNOfest Jazz Showcase

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Ironwood Stage & Gril, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary

Join 2016 JUNO Nominated artist Al Muirhead with his quintet at the official JUNOfest Jazz Showcase. The evening will be an all-star event:

8pm - Dan Brubeck Quartet 9pm - Al Muirhead Quintet 10pm - Robi Botos Quartet 11pm - Emilie-Claire Barlow

www.junoawards.ca

Chronograph Records Showcase

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Wine-OHs, 811 - 1 St SW (Basement), Calgary, AB

Join Al Muirhead in Quintet for this unique evening featuring some of Western Canada's top talent from 3-time Western Canadian Music Awards Independent Label of the Year Nominee - Chronograph Records, showcase during the JUNO week in Calgary! $10 Cover at the door

Al Muirhead (tpt), PJ Perry (sx), Chris Andrew (pno), Kodi Hutchinson (bs), & Tyler Hornby (dr).

www.chronographrecords.com

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Prime Time Big Band

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Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1229 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Saturday afternoon brunch with Prime Time Big Band at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood is now in its 13th season! Every two weeks, the 20-piece Prime Time plays a new program to packed houses of all ages. They come to hear music ranging from Duke Ellington classics to The Big Phat Band’s exuberant contemporary tunes.

Founded 20 years ago by bandleader Dave Jones, Prime Time’s membership is made up of almost all of the city’s most veteran jazz musicians, including Eric Friedenberg on saxophones and woodwinds, Al Muirhead on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Walley on trombone, Kai Poscente on bass and John de Waal on drums, playing alongside more recently established pros.

The concerts include vocal selections by singing sensation Deanne Matley, whose first CD Stealin’ Blue enjoyed top 10 jazz play across Canada and whose three later recordings have found a growing fanbase worldwide.

“One of the best big bands in Canada” – Kodi Hutchinson, A Time for Jazz, CKUA Radio

“A spectacular who’s who of local players” – Mike Bell, Calgary Herald

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST.

Reservations recommended: 403-269-5581 and reservations@ironwoodstage.ca.

Admission is $20 adults and $15 students/children plus GST Age limit: All ages

Songs for Gracie - Concert & Silent Auction

Hillhurst United Church, 1227 Kensington Close NW, Calgary, AB

Help us raise funds to support Gracie Swainson and her family through her battle with cancer.

Featuring performances from Gracie’s children (Tristan Campbell, Alicyn Campbell, and Lyndon Campbell), Juno-nominee Al Muirhead, Ellen Doty, Jory Kinjo, Aimee-Jo Benoit, and more.

Doors open at 6pm and concert starts at 7pm Hillhurst United Church, 1227 Kensington Close NW.

Gracie’s Story

Gracie was diagnosed in October 2010 with colon cancer. Surgery and chemotherapy followed until August 2011, when she decided to go ahead with the Sugarbaker procedure. In April 2015, there was further cancer diagnosis. She has undergone radiation and is currently undergoing more chemotherapy. As many of you know, the battle with cancer is not only very difficult emotionally and physically, but financially as well. Not being able to work for extended lengths of time coupled with the costs of medications, treatments, living expenses, and even hospital parking passes starts to add up very quickly. We’d like to raise money for Gracie and her family to not only support them in this difficult time, but also to fund alternative treatment at Pyatt Health Centre in Calgary. If enough money were raised, there would also be the opportunity for her to be part of an experimental treatment from the States.

Tickets available online at: songsforgracie.brownpapertickets.com (Brown Paper Tickets) or in person at all Hedkandi, Butter Beauty Parlour, and Johnny’s Barber locations.

Calgary Jazz Orchestra

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River Park Church, 3818 14A St SW, Calgary, AB

The Art of Romance

We explore the music of Tony Bennet, Cole Porter and more featuring many musicians from the CJO as well as guest vocalist Allison Lynch and strings!

The Art of Soul

The second half of the concert will explore the music of Soul, Funk, R&B and more!

7pm | River Park Church | 3818 14a St SW | $25 in advance $30 @ door $15/$20 students

http://www.calgaryjazzorchestra.com/concert-series-1.html

Block Heater: Frazey Ford

The Inglewood Music Club, 1401 10th Ave. S.E. , Calgary, AB

The Inglewood Music Club is proud to partner with the Calgary Folk Music Festival in presenting Block Heater, a winter music extravaganza February 12-14, 2016 at three live music venues on the Music Mile in the historic community of Inglewood. Throughout the Family Day long weekend, over 20 local, national and international artists will perform concerts and collaborative songwriter-in-the-round sessions at Festival Hall (1215 10 Avenue SE), the Inglewood Music Club (1401 10 Ave SE) and Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9 Ave SE)