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.

Latest Blog Post

David Taylor’s Winter News

David Taylor has a few things happening this winter. First, he and his Calithumpians (Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliot, and Kevin Shea) will be at Roulette on December 7. This concert is presented by Interpretations and will include Dave’s Big Stories for a Small Group. Roulette is at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are musicians in this […] more ››

In Their Own Words

Craig Konicek

"I have played many horns as a professional trumpet player - including horns of fellow players - and I feel that the Gen X is the best horn out there today. From the first 3 or 4 notes I played on it, I knew something was different about this horn. It was not only the ease of playing it but the sound is... just better. This horn makes it fun to play trumpet. I play a variety of styles, including lead trumpet, cornet solos, concertos, jazz, etc., and the Gen X allows me to do it all on one horn and have a great time doing it."

Craig Konicek
Educator, Freelance Musician