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Sunday, January 10, 2016

CANADA: Flute News - January 2016 - Bill McBirnie

Hi, Folks:

Here is a short list of items, each of which is set out in a little more detail just below my signature:

(1)  DEBUT RELEASE FROM WILL JARVIS! - "CON GRACIAS"

(2)  A QUICK REMINDER RE: OTTAWA - JANUARY 9, 2016

(3)  A GREAT CLIP OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG & DANNY KAYE

(4)  SOME FORTHCOMING GIGS

As always, thanks very much for reading…and for listening!…and all the best in the New Year!…

Sincerely,

Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute
Phone:  (416) 652-1541
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice, there is."  (Yogi Berra)


(1)  DEBUT RELEASE FROM WILL JARVIS! - "CON GRACIAS"

Will Jarvis (…my old friend and colleague from the Memo Acevedo years!…) has finally released his debut recording entitled, "Con Gracias", and it is now available at iTunes and CDBaby here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/con-gracias/id1071317531 and  http://cdbaby.com/cd/willjarvis

This album features a collection of all original Latin/Jazz compositions (based on an array of contemporary and traditional styles).  And Will managed to round up a pretty good bunch of guys for this project too (…so I was very happy to be a part of it!… :-) including the following musicians: 

Hilario Duran – Piano
Bill McBirnie – Flute
Kevin Turcotte – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Don Thompson – Vibes
Bruce Cassidy - Flugelhorn
Michael Stuart - Tenor Sax
Luis Orbegoso – Congas, Bongos, Cajon, Shekere, Güiro, Voice
Rosendo Chendy León Arocha – Timbales
Daniel Stone – Timbales
Trevor Dick  - Violin 
Drew Jurecka - Violin 

[ Very Quick Bio:  Will Jarvis is a busy freelance bassist, composer and educator who has been active on the Toronto music scene for many years.  Will’s affection for Afro-Cuban music began in the 1990s when he first played with some of the Toronto-area’s finest Salsa and Latin Jazz groups (including Memo Acevedo).  During this time, Will also had the great pleasure of performing live with Afro-Cuban giants, Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Valentine, Hilton Ruiz and Luis Conte. ]



(2)  A QUICK REMINDER RE: OTTAWA - JANUARY 9, 2016

For those in the Ottawa area, please remember that, on Saturday, January 9th, I will be:

(i) delivering a Flute/Improvisation Clinic at Long & McQuade in the afternoon; and 

(ii) performing at GigSpace in the evening (with Mark Ferguson and John Geggie).

(Details appear in the Gig Listing below.)

Do come out to one…or the other…or perhaps even both!… :-)


(3)  A GREAT CLIP OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG & DANNY KAYE

This is a remarkable clip of a two consummate entertainers performing a brilliant version of "When The Saints Go Marching In".  If you’ve seen it before, then you’ll know it’s well worth revisiting.  And if you haven’t, then you are in for four minutes of brilliance that increases throughout the duration of the clip! :-)



(4)  SOME FORTHCOMING GIGS

[NOTE:  The following gig listing is in DESCENDING order.  You can always find a current/updated listing at the following link:  http://www.extremeflute.com/contact.html  Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you need or want any flute, alto flute or piccolo work…or flute/improvisation lessons or coaching!…]

Sat., Mar. 19, 2016 at 7:00
Pearson Convention Centre - FPCBP Annual Gala
2683 Steeles Ave. E.
Brampton, Ontario
With The FERNANDO TAVARES Group

Fri., Feb. 26, 2016 at 7:30
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
The SEAN BELAVITTI & BILL MCBIRNIE Latin Jazz Project

Thurs., Jan. 21, 2016 at 7:30
The Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill
21 Old Mill Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY and GEORGE KOLLER

Sat., Jan. 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
GigSpace
953 Gladstone Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario 
With MARK FERGUSON (piano) and JOHN GEGGIE (bass)

Sat., Jan. 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Long & McQuade
2631 Alta Vista Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario 
EXTREME FLUTE - Flute & Improvisation Clinic