Legendary musicians Al Muirhead and Tommy Banks play an intimate show at the National Music Centre on October 19.
The National Music Centre and the RBC Summit Jazz Series present a special evening of music celebrating two of Alberta's elder statesmen of jazz. Al Muirhead and Tommy Banks join forces in an intimate concert that is not be missed.
CKUA's Kodi Hutchinson will also be leading a pre-show chat with Muirhead and Banks that begins at 6:30pm.
Since his 1950 professional debut, Tommy Banks has, as the Toronto Star pointed out, “done everything a musician could wish for.” He is the recipient of a Juno Award, Gemini Award, the Grand Prix du Disques-Canada, several ARIA Awards, and is a member of the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame. Banks provided musical direction for the ceremonies of the XI Commonwealth Games, EXPO ’86, The World University Games, the XV Olympic Winter Games, and for countless television shows. He has produced and/or conducted command performances for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and for President Ronald Reagan. Banks was also the founding chairman of the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, and is the recipient of an honourary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, of the Sir Frederick Haultain Prize, the Alberta Order of Excellence, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Al Muirhead has had many milestones and accomplishments that have made him the musician he is today. Having played in the Regina Symphony, opened Arcade Music in Calgary which is now known as St. Johns Music, held the position of Music Director for the CBC television show On Stage, toured with the Frank Mills Orchestra and New Orleans Connection Dixieland Band, performed in the 1988 Olympics under Tommy Banks, and finally, held the position of Music Director for the Calgary Stampede Youth Talent Show which he still holds today. He has performed with the veritable "who's who" of musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Paul Anka, Rosemary Clooney, Guido Basso, and P.J. Perry.