Brian O’Kane

Professor, Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts

Brian O’Kane was recently appointed Head of Brass Studies at Canada’s prestigious Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts and has
performed and recorded with some of the country’s finest groups including both the Rob McConnell Tentet and The Boss Brass, John MacLeod’s Rex
Hotel Jazz Orchestra, the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, the Bernie Senensky Quintet, and the Barry Elmes Quintet. He has also backed up a
lengthy list of artists including Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Diana Krall, Paquito D’Rivera, and Maria Schneider.

Aside from playing jazz, Brian has performed with a variety of classical ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts
Centre Orchestra, and True North Brass. He has appeared on numerous television/radio jingles and is in demand as a pit musician. Brian has performed at major jazz venues throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He also was honoured to perform as a featured artist/clinician at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.

“Both the Edwards horns I am playing are so well made and responsive- everything I am looking for in a trumpet and flugelhorn. They allow me the freedom and versatility to play different styles with more ease and evenness of sound than any other horn I have played. Thanks, Edwards!”

Brian O’Kane