Canadian Jazz Trumpeter
Trumpeter Steve McDade has become an integral name on the list of Canadian trumpet players. Now with 30 years in the business under his belt, and in the prime of his career, he takes a moment to share some of the musical experiences that have led him to this point, and to offer wisdom for the next generation of professional musicians.
At 16, he enrolled in Humber College, where his professional chops began to take shape under the tutelage of Canada’s legendary brass teacher Don Johnson. “Up until that time, I played by ear. Don and Humber College taught me to read,” he says. “Don really taught me the fundamentals of the trumpet. Most of the Canadian pros of my generation studied with him at one time or another.”Read More
Steve McDade (trumpet / flugelhorn) was born in Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, Scotland in 1962. His family moved to Burlington, Ontario, Canada, when Steve was 4 years old. 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.Read More
The Boss Brass
“The Best Damn Band In The Land” may have been coined by Rob McConnell himself, for one of the dozens of albums he recorded with his legendary big band, but it wasn’t an undeserved boast. The Boss Brass set a standard and defined the Canadian sound for big band music for decades.
McConnell assembled the original Boss Brass from Toronto studio musicians. The instrumentation of the band was originally 16 pieces, consisting of trumpets, trombones, french horns and a rhythm section, but no saxophones(woodwinds). McConnell introduced a sax section in 1970, and expanded the trumpet section to include a fifth trumpet in 1976, bringing the total to 22 members.Read More