JWQ Showcase 2017

Sunday, August 21, 2016

CANADA: Flute Bits - August 2016 - Bill McBirnie

(1)  PRINCE…& ME!… :-)


Here is a short clip (lasting about three-and-a-half minutes) of me playing along with a track from a great Prince album that I really, REALLY like (The Hits/The B Sides, a compilation of his hit singles and fan favourites):


This clip also demonstrates a Wm. S. Haynes "Classic Fusion O" flute, combined with a Guo "Dynalance" headjoint (both of which are great pieces of gear and not outrageously expensive…and which, for me, definitely do the job!… :-)


(2)  OSCAR PETERSON - "C JAME BLUES" - LIVE IN DENMARK

Here is Oscar delivering a generous encore with his classic trio (Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums) from a concert in Denmark (1964).  This is a great performance and includes some great shots of the band in "interaction". Here is the link (and the clip is about nine minutes):



(3)  "BIRDIE RICH" - A GENUINELY UNIQUE DRUM SOLO!

This is a really interesting 12-second video clip of a percussion solo tapped out on a frying pan by a parrot (…complete with a "Shave and a haircut, two bits" cadence at the end!…) It also prompted a couple of neat quips on FaceBook, including "Cockatootatoo" and "Polly Metric"! :-)



(3)  SOME FORTHCOMING GIGS

The following gig listing is in DESCENDING order.  Please note that you can always find a current/updated list at the following link:  http://www.extremeflute.com/contact.html 

Finally, if you need or want any flute, alto flute or piccolo work (…or any flute/improvisation coaching…), do not hesitate to contact me at extremeflute@look.ca

Mon., May 29, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
The Church of the Holy Trinity - Music Mondays
10 Trinity Square (near the Eaton Centre)
Toronto, Ontario
A duo with BERNIE SENENSKY (Classical & Gospel)

Fri., Mar. 10, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick St.
Kitchener, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY’s Moe Koffman Tribute Band

Sat., Jan. 7, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
The Jazz Room (located in the Huether Hotel)
59 King St. N.
Waterloo, Ontario
With WILL JARVIS and the Con Gracias Latin Band

Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
St. Christopher's Anglican Church
662 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
A Charlie Brown Christmas with the JIM SANDILANDS Trio

Sat., Nov 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
La Nouvelle Scène 
333 King Edward Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
With RENE LAVOIE (reeds), TIM BEDNER (guitar) & NORMAND GLAUDE (bass)

Wed., Nov 9, 2016 Time TBA
The Burdock
1184 Bloor St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
LOUIS SIMAO’s New CD Release! - Amazing!
With DAVID FRENCH, LUIS ORBEGOSO, RICH BROWN & MARITO MARQUES

Sun., Oct. 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation
15 Clairtrell Rd.
Toronto, Ontario
Jazz Vespers with the GEORGE MARTON Trio

Fri., Oct. 14, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Eight Hundred Degrees
99 Mississaga St. E.
Orillia, Ontario
With the JOE HURON Trio

Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Gasworks - Part of the Gasworks Concert Series
141 Park St. N.
Hamilton, Ontario
With WILL JARVIS and the "Con Gracias" Band

Wed., Oct. 12, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.
Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant
681 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Christie)
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY - Brazilian/Classical

Sun., Oct. 2, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Phillips Anglican Church - Jazz Vespers
31 St. Phillips Rd.
Etobicoke, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY’s Moe Koffman Tribute Band

Sat., Oct. 1, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Beach United Church - Jazz and Reflection (Theme: Love)
140 Wineva Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With the MICHAEL LALONDE Trio (including DYLAN BELL)

Sat., Sept. 17, 2016, Time TBA
Brantford Jazz Festival
Harmony Square - 89 Dalhousie St.
Brantford, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY’s Moe Koffman Tribute Band (including JAKE KOFFMAN, KIERAN OVERS & TERRY CLARKE)

Fri., Sept. 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Poetry Jazz Cafe (part of the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival)
224 August Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With GORD SHEARD - Brazilian!

Wed., Sept. 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
Princess Margaret Hospital - Jazz In The Atrium
610 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
With BERNIE SENENSKY on piano

Tues. Aug. 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
La Rev
2848 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
With PETER HILL on piano