Bill McBirnie

Bill McBirnie (born May 23 1953) is a jazz and Latin flutist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. McBirnie is known for his outstanding technique on the entire family of flutes (from bass flute to piccolo).

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.

McBirnie has produced two EXTREME FLUTE projects and, more recently, two straight-ahead acoustic jazz recordings under his own name entitled "Nature Boy" (featuring The Mark Eisenman Trio) and “Paco Paco” (featuring pianist, Bernie Senensky). Both of these albums have attained Top 40 spots in Jazz.FM91's and Bob Parlocha’s syndicated jazz program as well as steady air-play in their spin cycles. Both albums have also garnered consistently excellent reviews internationally—in Canada, the USA, Britain, Spain, Holland and France. Here are some illustrative comments regarding Bill’s work:

:“A distinguished flutist with a devotion that shows up in the airy sweetness of his sound at ballad tempos and in the remarkable control he can bring to rapid-fire, skittering runs on up tempo, Coltrane-inspired material.” (Stuart Broomer, Editor, Coda magazine)

:"I have never heard anyone play like this...Bill, when you read this, I have to take my hat off to you. This is great playing by any standard." (Sir James Galway)

:“McBirnie has always handled bop exceptionally well. You can hear his years at the conservatory in his sound—a pure, transparent tone at rest, brightening with exertion—yet he swings like someone who grew up with a large collection of Blue Note and Prestige LPs down in the basement. He's entirely idiomatic, but also effortlessly inventive.” (Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail)

:“...All beautifully recorded, unclassifiable, and virtually timeless...” (Michael Steinman, Cadence Magazine)

Bill has also been chosen Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards, nominated as Miscellaneous Instrumentalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards as well as being declared a winner of the U.S.A. National Flute Association’s triennial Jazz Flute Masterclass Competition. More recently, he was nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year (for flute) and Album of the Year (for "Paco Paco") at the National Jazz Awards. He has also been a longstanding contributor to the Woodwinds column of the Canadian Musician magazine and is currently the resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James Galway's web site.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • McBirnie — may refer to: Andrew McBirnie, British composer, music educator and administrator Bill McBirnie, Canadian jazz flautist This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an inte …   Wikipedia

  • Matt Finley — (born August 17, 1951 in New York City) is an American flugelhorn player and composer of Brazilian jazz. Finley grew up performing in resorts in Bolton Landing and Lake George (New York), graduated from Phillips Academy and Union College where he …   Wikipedia

  • Memo Acevedo — http://www.kosamusic.com/archives/MemoAcevedo web 03.jpg Memo Acevedo is an Afro Cuban jazz drummer born in Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia. He is most often a sideman, though he has recorded one album as leader titled Building Bridges from 1993… …   Wikipedia

  • Diana Panton — Diana Ariadne Panton is a Canadian jazz vocalist. Her second album, If the Moon Turns Green , received a nomination for the Juno Awards of 2009 in the category of Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Panton started her music career as a member of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Robert Aitken (Musiker) — Robert Aitken (* 28. August 1939 in Kentville/Nova Scotia) ist ein kanadischer Komponist, Flötist, Musikpädagoge und Dirigent. Aitken studierte von 1955 bis 1959 Flöte bei Nicholas Fiore am Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. Daneben war er… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Marv Levy — Head Coach Personal information Date of birth: August 3, 1925 (1925 08 03) (age 86) Chicago, Illinois …   Wikipedia

  • Dennis Franchione — Sport(s) Football Current position Title Head coach Team Texas State Conference FCS independent Record …   Wikipedia

  • Dudley DeGroot — DeGroot, c. 1949 Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball, track and field, swimming, water polo, rugby …   Wikipedia

  • Mike Sheppard — Sport(s) Football Current position Title Quarterbacks coach Team Jacksonville Jaguars Biographical details Born October 29, 1951 (1951 10 29 …   Wikipedia

  • List of 20th century classical composers by name — See also List of 20th century classical composers by birth date and List of 20th century classical composers by death date.Composers of 20th century classical music include:A*Juan Manuel Abras (born 1975) *Miguel Álvarez Fernández (born 1979)… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.