Multi-Instrumentalist and composer, Mike Herriott, has created a brand new collection of original works for brass and rhythm. Performing all the trumpets, flugelhorns, french horns, trombones, basses, piano, and various miscellaneous percussion including triangle, Mike presents music ranging in styles from hip-hop, be-bop, funk, and straight-ahead swing
February 21 2016
home to all things related to my recordings and performances. This past year has been an extremely busy time for me. I started 2015 with the decision to record another album with an approach similar to “Off the Road” (2013). With the support of some wonderful contributors to my crowd-funding campaign, I dove into the writing, recording, editing, mixing, etc and finally finished production in November. Also, at the beginning of the year, I started preparation to achieve my 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, an activity I added to my life several years ago. I was very pleased to successfully pass the testing in March and continue with my training and teaching. It’s very rewarding to have something that takes that level of focus and also provides a bit of a departure from the world of music.
As well, I took the year to finish course-work toward my Masters degree in composition at York University. I found the work to be inspiring and it actually helped to shape the recording project that I was engaged in concurrently. I am please to say I successfully completed the course-work with much better marks than my last run through University education! (I was a lousy student when I was a kid…)
I have also been very happy to work on Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s broadway hit, “Kinky Boots” for the duration of the Mirvish production in Toronto since June of last year. We will run until May 15th when the show closes and the Royal Alex Theatre undergoes renovations.
The remainder of 2016 is going to be very busy with a number of new recording projects being recorded and released. On March 8, we will see the release of my brand-new album, “Isn’t Life Grand”, at Lula Lounge in Toronto. We are very excited to have this album available on iTunes and via all the regular online outlets, as well as HMV and other physical retailers. In particular, I am thrilled that this album will also be available on vinyl - a direct purchase point is on this site *here*
There are a few items that I am not at liberty to disclose just yet but check my itinerary for a list of what this year has in store. Hopefully, we’ll cross paths and, in the mean time, I hope this music puts a smile on your face!!
|CURRENT - MAY 15 2016||"KINKY BOOTS"||Toronto|
|MAR 8 2016||CD release event for “Isn’t Life Grand” w. Mike Herriott & the OTR Band||Lula lounge, Toronto|
|MAR 15 - 16 2016||"Return to Grace" Western Canadian Tour||Saskatoon|
|MAR 17 - 20 2016||"Return to Grace" Western Canadian Tour||Calgary|
|MAR 22 - 27 2016||"Return to Grace" Western Canadian Tour||Vancouver|
|MAR 20 - APR 2 2016||"Return to Grace" Western Canadian Tour||Edmonton|
|MAR 27 - 28 2016||Harkness-Herriott recording sessions for Flights Vol 2||NYC|
|MAY 31 - JUN 12 2016||"Return to Grace" Western Canadian Tour||Toronto|
|MAY 14 - JUN 19 2016||"Return to Grace" Western Canadian Tour||Montreal|
|May 31 - Jun 12 2016||“Return to Grace”||Mirvish Theatre, Toronto|
|JUN 14 2016||Turning 50!!!|
|Jun 14 - 19 2016||“Return to Grace”||Place des Arts, Montreal|
|Jun 30 2016||Toronto International Jazz Festival w. Harkness-Herriott Duo|
|JUL 2 2016||Rochester International Jazz Festival w. Mike Herriott Quartet|
|JUL 5 2016 - ongoing||“MATILDA”||Mirvish Productions, Toronto|
|AUG TBA 2016||Harkness-Herriott recording sessions for Flights Vol 2 (continued)|
|FALL, 2016 TBA||Hard Rubber Orchestra recording sessions for Kenny Wheeler Tribute album|
Canadian trumpeter, Mike Herriott, a respected multi-instrumentalist in both the classical and jazz genres, is in demand as a lead trumpeter, jazz improviser, orchestral soloist, bassist, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively through North America and South East Asia and has shared the stage with a host of luminaries, including Maynard Ferguson, Rob McConnell, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Buble, Slide Hampton, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Nimmons, Maria Schneider, Seth MacFarlane and more.
His recording career is diverse, including CDs, radio, television and film soundtracks including the Canadian Brass (JUNO nomination 2011), the Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies (EMMY WINNER 2011), Michael Bublé, Jann Arden, Paul Brandt, and for Warner, Universal, Sony, Disney, CBC, CTV, and NBC.
As soloist, Mike has performed with the symphony orchestras of Victoria (BC), Vancouver, Calgary, Windsor, Newfoundland, Mississauga, Kingston, Okanagan, Chilliwack, as well as with a number of big bands including Prime Time (Calgary), Hard Rubber Orchestra (Vancouver), Monday Night Big Band (Victoria), Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Ron Paley Big Band (Winnipeg), University of Sherbrooke Big Band, Jazz East Big Band (St. John's), the Rolf Becker Big Band (Shanghai), and the JZ Big Band (Shanghai).
He is currently in demand in the studio, in concert, and in the orchestras of musical theatre productions in Toronto. He has toured extensively with a number of musical ensembles as well as with shows such as: West Side Story (Western Canada), 42nd Street (China), Swing! (Japan), Chicago (USA and Canada), Come Fly Away (USA, Canada, Japan), Return to Grace (Thailand, Canada), Jersey Boys (Toronto), Cats (Toronto), Anything Goes (Toronto), Aladdin (Toronto), Wicked (Toronto), and Kinky Boots (Toronto). Also, throughout the year, Mike is often invited to perform as lead trumpet for symphonic pops shows and has appeared in this role with the Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
Mike has several recordings under his own name, and with New York-based guitarist Sean Harkness in the Harkness-Herriott Duo (H2). November, 2013, brought the release of the Mike Herriott solo CD entitled Off the Road, featuring Mike on a variety of musical instruments and including special guest, 10-time Grammy winner, Arturo Sandoval. His new solo album, Isn't Life Grand, is Mike's 7th recording as leader/co-leader and is scheduled for release on March 8, 2016.