Al “Oop” Muirhead
Al Muirhead is an inspiration in the Canadian music scene and is known as the “Elder statesman of Jazz Trumpet in Alberta”.
Al has recorded as a sideman on 26 albums and recently released his first solo album featuring himself and old friend Tommy Banks called ‘It’s About Time’. The critically acclaimed album received a JUNO nomination in 2016. Al and Tommy began their friendship when they were 15 and have remained friends and colleagues to this day. As a special guest, Al features Juno winning saxophonist and Order of Canada recipient PJ Perry. All three musicians are featured on Al’s sophmore album ‘Oop!’ released in early 2016.
The lists of musicians with whom Al has performed with speak highly of his skill. Dizzy Gillespie, Guido Basso, Tommy Banks, Diana Krall, Paul Anka, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Mills & P.J. Perry top the lists. In 2008 Al had the honor of recording “All the Stars aren’t in the Sky” with the all-star ensemble; Ted Godwin, Tommy Banks, Ryga Campbell, George Koller and Blaine Wikjord. This limited release is just a sign of things to come for Al.
Throughout the span of Al’s career he has had many milestones and accomplishments that have helped form him to be the musician he is today. From a professional orchestral career with the Regina Symphony to Musical Director for the CBC television show “On Stage”, Al has graced audiences around the world. Today Al remains active in the music scene as a performer, clinician, adjudicator, arranger and studio recording artist.
Joining Al will be some of Alberta’s top-tier musicians including Jon Day (piano), Rob Hutchinson (bass), and Tyler Hornby (drums).
Jon Day (Piano)
Rob Hutchinson (Bass)