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Primary Instrument: Flute

Born: May 23, 1953

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill has also been solicited by no less than Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James' official web site.

Bill is well known for his outstanding technique. However, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his recordings as a sideman with Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emile-Claire Barlow. Needless to say, Bill has performed and recorded extensively with Toronto's finest musicians and is a longstanding charter member of Bernie Senensky's Moe Koffman Tribute Band....
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”...A superior jazz flutist...As with many Canadian players, his fame has not often reached below the border into the United States but his music is well worth knowing. He sounds unlike anyone else having developed his own musical personality yet within the traditions of the music. McBirnie has two recent releases, Nature Boy and Paco Paco. Both sets are highly recommended.” (SCOTT YANOW, Los Angeles Jazz Scene)

“Bill McBirnie is one of the finest jazz flute performers in jazz today...His technique is flawless and sensual...Simply excellent!...” (LEE PROSSER, Jazz Review)

“Toronto's Bill McBirnie occupies the rarefied air of jazz flute with a sense of style and swing that sets him apart...

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Primary InstrumentFlute

LocationToronto, Ontario

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundTypically, the people who come to me are (1) classical players who are trying to cross over into jazz and (2) doublers who want to improve their flute technique for jazz purposes. My students genuinely appreciate what I have to offer because it is...singular...peculiar to the flute...and, most importantly, it is not in any books!

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Music

Featured recording “Find Your Place”

Find Your Place

Extreme Flute
2014
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    Find Your Place

    Extreme Flute
    2014
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    Mercy

    Self Produced
    2010
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    Paco Paco

    Extreme Flute
    2005
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    Nature Boy

    Extreme Flute
    2003
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