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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New Brazilian Flute Release Bill Mc Birnie & Bruce Jones Release "Grain...
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Flutist, Bill McBirnie, Releases A New Album - Find Your Place
October 09, 2010
Online Lessons with Jazz & Latin Flute Specialist, Bill McBirnie
August 05, 2010
Jazz Flutist, Bill McBirnie, Wins At The TIMAs
March 29, 2010
The Bill McBirnie Quartet at the Old Mill (Toronto) on April 8th
January 02, 2010
Bill McBirnie - Mercy (Featuring Robi Botos) - Tracking Info and...
October 22, 2009
Bill McBirnie - New CD Release - Mercy
...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
Willing to teach
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!
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