BILL MCBIRNIE/GORD SHEARD DUO
Friday, September 16, 7-8pm
Poetry Jazz Cafe - 224 Augusta Ave.
NO ADVANCED TIX - $15 cash @ door
Bill McBirnie - Flute, Gord Sheard - Piano
Bill is a jazz and Latin flute specialist who is well-known for his outstanding technique. Indeed, Bill was solicited personally by no less than Sir James Galway (and with whom he has performed in concert) to serve as the Resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James’ official web site.
Bill is also recognized as an accomplished improviser – notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms – as demonstrated by his recordings as a sideman with the likes of Junior Mance, Irakere, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Memo Acevedo and Cache.
Bill has produced two Extreme Flute projects and, in addition, four acoustic jazz/Latin recordings under his own name, “Nature Boy”, (featuring The Mark Eisenman Trio), “Paco Paco” (featuring Bernie Senensky), “Mercy” (featuring Robi Botos) and “FIND YOUR PLACE” (an organ trio with Bernie Senensky) all of which have enjoyed regular airplay at Jazz.FM91 as well as being included regularly in the spin cycle of Bob Parlocha’s widely syndicated US jazz radio show. Amongst Bill’s numerous awards is the citation of his most release, “Mercy”, as Best Jazz Album at the 2010 Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMAs) and his selection as winner in the National Flute Association's Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band Competitions in the USA.