Brian O'Kane

Trumpet Artist

Brian O'Kane

Brian O'Kane

Toronto Freelance Artist

Instrument Specs

  • Model: G3-Bb
  • Body: .459
  • Bell: 3M23B
  • Tuning Slide: Oval
  • Leadpipe: BD1

Artist Comments

"I was looking for a horn that felt comfortable all around the instrument, as well as one that allowed enough flexibility with colours to play a wide variety of styles. I found it in the Edwards Gen3. This is a wonderful horn that I am very satisfied with and that I hope to continue to play for years to come. Thanks, Edwards Team!"

One of the Toronto jazz scene's most exciting trumpet players, Brian O'Kane has been a regular member of the stellar Rob McConnell Tentet, Hilario Duran's Latin Jazz Big Band (2007 Juno Award winner), the Bernie Senensky Quintet and Septet, Barry Romberg's Random Access Large Ensemble (RALE) and John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra (2011 Juno Award winner).

Brian has performed with some of Canada's finest bands and ensembles including the Canadian Jazz Quartet, the Don Thompson Septet, the Barry Elmes Quintet, the Dave Young Quintet, as well as the Ron Collier, Vic Vogel, Peter Appleyard, Dave McMurdo, and Joe Sullivan Big Bands. He has also worked with a lengthy list of national and international artists and entertainers including Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Vince Mendoza, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Paquito D'Rivera, Gap Mangione, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Diana Krall, and Dave Brubeck.

Brian O'Kane has also worked with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canada Pops Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra, Orchestra London, the Oshawa Symphony, the Trillium Brass Quintet, and is an associate member of the True North Brass. He has been on many television/radio jingles and is also in demand as a pit musician, having played in shows including The Producers, The Full Monty, West Side Story, and Chicago.

A faculty member at Humber College in Toronto, Brian has been featured as Guest Artist at numerous schools of every level across Canada, has played at major jazz festivals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, and has frequently served as an adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest Canada and Kiwanis Music Festivals. He was recently a featured artist at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.

Brian holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto.

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Working with You

Yesterday I was working with a young musician the age of 17 and I was reminded of why I do what I do. Getting to hear and help talented musicians of all ages has it’s rewards. Not only was the father ecstatic that his son sounded better than he ever had, the scholarship auditions are […] more ››

In Their Own Words

Paul Tynan

"This is the best horn I have ever played - period. Before I found my Gen X, I was looking for a free-blowing instrument that allowed me to readily achieve the sound I desired. My Gen X did exactly that. Thank you, Edwards, for taking the work out of trumpet playing."

Paul Tynan
Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University