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May 7, 2006

Jazz and Latin Artist Bill McBirnie to Appear in Toronto

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz concerts

Jazz artist Bill McBirnie plays for Torontonians

Toronto will be seeing a lot of one of their elite crop of jazz musicians over the next month, when jazz and Latin flute specialist Bill McBirnie appears in a diverse series of duo and ensemble settings at various downtown clubs. McBirnie will be making appearances with pianist Bernie Senensky, with whom he recently recorded, pianist Laila Biali and her trio, guitarist Joe Huron and his trio, and The Lula All-Stars, featuring Cache and Proyecto Charanguero.

McBirnie is an expert on the entire family of flutes (from bass flute to piccolo), and is known for his superior technique and inventive approach. He is also recognized as an accomplished improviser, notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms as illustrated by his recordings as a sideman with Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Cache, to name a few. His more recent work sees him as leader for the Extreme Flute projects, straight-ahead jazz with The Mark Eisenman Trio, with Mark Eisenman (piano), Steve Wallace (bass), John Sumner (drums), and his 2006 release, Paco Paco

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