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Jon McCaslin jazz trio with special guest Al Muirhead, trumpet

02 Oct Posted by in Schedule | Comments
Jon McCaslin jazz trio with special guest Al Muirhead, trumpet

Calgary Jazz drummer Jon McCaslin is proud to return the ProArts@Noon concert series with his trio featuring local stalwarts Mark Limacher on piano and bassist Steve Shepard. Joining this ensemble will be special guest and Calgary’s “elder statesman of Jazz”, the esteemed Al Muirhead on trumpet.

The band will be performing Jazz standards drawn from the Great American Songbook, inspired by the great piano Jazz piano trios of Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson.

Recognized as one of Western Canada’s leading jazz drummers and educators, Jon McCaslin brings excitement and his passion for the jazz tradition and its future to the bandstand and to the classroom.Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan Jon began playing the drums at the age of nine while progressing through the Regina Lions Junior Band and award winning music program at his high school, Campbell Collegiate, soon developing a passion for playing the drums and jazz.

Ultimately, Jon’s interest in music led him to enroll in the Jazz Studies program at McGill University, graduating with distinction in 1999. While at McGill, Jon had the opportunity to study with some of the finest jazz educators in the country including Gordon Foote, Kevin Dean, Jan Jarcyzk, Joe Sullivan, Remi Bolduc, Chris McCann, Andre White, Michel Lambert and Dave Laing.He attended the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1997, where he performed with Canadian jazz greats Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson and Kenny Wheeler. In the spring of 2002 McCaslin completed his Master’s in Jazz Studies at McGill University where he studied jazz drumming, improvisation and composition.

In 2012 he released his album “Sunalta” on the Cellar Live jazz record label featuring Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Tilden Webb and Jodi Proznick. This music was nominated in 2013 for the Western Canadian Music Awards in the “Best Jazz Recording” category.

Since 2009 he has authored “Four on the Floor”, one of the world’s most recognized on-line jazz drumming blogs. He is currently based in Calgary where he maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule across Canada.

This concert is the fourth and final concert in a series of Jazz Music concerts during 2019 generously sponsored by:

Music Opens the Mind Jazz Music Series