Bill McBirnie

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 Instrument

Flute

Location

Toronto, Ontario

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

Typically, 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!

Clinic/Workshop Information

My clinics are of interest to both flutists and doublers who want to explore and develop the techniques necessary to play in jazz and other non-classical contexts

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