Brian O’Kane (trumpet/flugelhorn) holds a master’s degree in jazz performance from the University of Toronto and is active in the Canadian music scene, having performed and recorded with some of the country’s finest groups including both the Rob McConnell Tentet and 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 international artists including Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra Jr., Josh Groban, Diana Krall, Matt Dusk, Paquito D’Rivera, Maria Schneider, Dave Brubeck, and The Temptations.
Jazz aside, Brian has performed with a variety of classical ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and True North Brass. He has appeared on numerous television/radio jingles and is in demand as a pit musician. He was a member of the Shaw Festival Orchestra in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, from 2013-2016.
Brian has performed at major jazz festivals throughout Canada, the United States and abroad. As a featured artist/clinician/adjudicator at colleges, universities and festivals, he has had the pleasure of working with young musicians nationwide. It was an honour for him to perform as a featured artist/clinician at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.
Brian is proud to be an endorsing artist for the Edwards Brass Instrument Company (Elkhorn, WI) and Gard Instrument Bags (Kolkata, India).