Steve McDade – Jazz Trumpeter | Flugelhornist

Steve McDade (trumpet / flugelhorn) has become an integral name on the list of top Canadian trumpet players. Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, McDade began playing the trumpet at the age of 12 with the Burlington Teen Tour Band, touring Europe and North America to participate in band competitions, and at just 14 was featured as a soloist at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario. He played professionally throughout the area after that, and entered the Humber College Jazz Studies program when he was 16 years old.

McDade has been a member of Manteca and The Boss Brass since the 1980′s, touring the world with both bands and playing on their Grammy and JUNO Award-winning recordings. He has performed in major jazz festivals all over the world with Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass and as a member of The Rob McConnell Tentet.

Steve has played and recorded with some of the biggest names, ensembles, bands, and orchestras on the arts and entertainment scene including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, The Toronto Symphony, Manhattan Transfer, and worked and recorded with Doc Kupka of Tower of Power.

As a commercial and jazz trumpet player, McDade has played in a variety of  Motion Picture soundtracks, recorded hundreds of radio and television jingles and commercials, and themes for a lengthy list of important TV shows. and musical theatre productions including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Chicago, The Rat Pack, and many others.

Steve McDade is presently living in Stratford, Ontario, playing at the Stratford Theatre in the musical productions.

Steve McDade


Steve McDade Quartet – The Jazz Room – Waterloo, Ontario (2013)

Steve McDade – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Robi Botos – Piano
Scott Alexander – Acoustic Bass
Davide Derenzo – Drums
(Video recorded by Garry Brodhagen)

“Seven Steps To Heaven”

“In Your Own Sweet Way”

“How Deep Is The Ocean”

“Straight, No Chaser”


Audio Jazz Clips


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Steve McDade is presently taking applications for students this coming fall season!

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