Bill McBirnie

Bill studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. McBirnie is known for his excellent technique and he is also recognized as an accomplished improviser, notably in the bebopswing and Latin idioms as illustrated by his recordings as a sideman with Junior Mance (“Here ‘Tis”, Sackville Records) Irakere (“Afrocubanismo Live”, Bembe Records), Memo Acevedo(“Building Bridges”, Jazz Alliance), Emilie-Claire Barlow (“The Very Thought of You”, Empress Music) and Cache (“Blended” and “The Toronto Sessions”, Indie Pool) . He has performed with many of Toronto’s foremost musicians including as a longstanding and charter member of Bernie Senensky’s Moe Koffman Tribute Band.

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