Brian O'Kane

Brian O’Kane holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. Brian has performed and recorded with some of Canada’s finest groups and ensembles including John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Jazz Orchestra (2011 Juno Award winner), the Rob McConnell Tentet, The Boss Brass, Hilario Duran’s Latin Jazz Big Band (2007 Juno Award winner), the Barry Elmes Quintet, the Dave Young Quintet, as well as the bands led by Ron Collier, Peter Appleyard, Don Thompson, Bernie Senensky, Kirk MacDonald, Barry Romberg, and Paul Read.  He has also worked with a lengthy list of national and international artists and entertainers including Paquito D’Rivera, Maria Schneider, Steve Swallow, Gap Mangione, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Barbra Streisand. Brian has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Canada Pops Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, the Trillium Brass Quintet, and True North Brass.  He has appeared on numerous television/radio jingles and has performed as a pit musician, having played in shows including The Producers, The Full Monty, West Side Story, Chicago. Brian is currently a resident member of the Shaw Festival Orchestra in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 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, has frequently served as an adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest Canada and Kiwanis Music Festivals and was recently honoured to be a featured artist at the 33rd Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference held in Banff, Alberta.