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2022 Winnipeg Jazz Festival

June 6th 2022

I am excited to have the opportunity to perform at the 2022 Winnipeg Jazz Festival with some great musicians and ensembles. I will also be leading my own group which will feature my own music! I have listed all the dates and locations below so come check out some of these fantastic groups play live music.

June 14 - Rosemary Galloway @ 9:00pm - Jazz x CHRM Patio (free event)

June 15 - Andrew Littleford Quintet @ 10:30pm - Jazz x CHRM Patio (free event)

June 16 - Still Crazy: The Music of Paul Simon @ 8:30 - Kings Head Pub (tickets available at eventbrite.ca)

June 16 - Dirty Catfish Brass Band @ 10:30pm - Old Market Square (free event)

Upcoming DEBUT Album

September 3rd 2021

A musical milestone happened this weekend! I recorded my DEBUT ALBUM as a leader! Some very special moments were created with some of my longest musical friendships and I can’t wait for the world to hear it! I will be posting updates on the progress of this release here, on my Instagram page (@andrewlittleford), and on my artist facebook page (www.facebook.com/andrewlittlefordmusic) so if you are more of a insta/fb person please “like” those pages and I hope you can follow along!

Big Dig! Band Recording Session!

January 7th 2020

The last 5 days of rehearsing and recording with the Big Dig! Band has been one of the best musical experiences of my life to date! A world of thanks goes out to the fearless leader Derrick Gardner for asking me to play on this unbelievable project! He wrote some of the most amazing music I have ever had the opportunity to play, not to mention playing his a** off!
Recording with some of the best Big Band players in the world was an incredibly inspiring experience. Witnessing the insanely high level that these cats play at was something I will never forget, and also reassured me I am on the right path. #Listen hard, #shed smart!

Summer 2019

December 26th 2019

This summer has been great! I was very fortunate to do fair amount of playing in Winnipeg as well as going out on the road a few times with my DCBB brothers. Touring around BC for close to 2 weeks this August was defiantly a highlight of the summer for me. Seeing friends and family while on the road is always nice, but being surrounded by the beautiful scenery that the province of BC has to offer never gets old!
Hands down the most special musical moment of the summer was on this tour where I got the opportunity to get on stage at the Kaslo Jazz Festival, located in the northern Kootney’s of BC, and play a few tunes with Galactic, who if you don’t know is one of the most sought after bands in New Orleans. Getting to play and solo with Stanton Moore absolutely killing it from behind the drums was an unreal experience I will never forget! Such nice dudes too! Go check them out if you haven’t already...
I also got the opportunity to play shows with some great local bands including Ego Spank and JP Hoe. Besides playing the majority of shows with DCBB, the project I am most involved with, I also played shows with some other local groups I am involved with including Sunny Roseland, Ron Paley, and “B” Side Champs.
A recent experience that put me a little out of my comfort zone happened at the end of the summer where I was asked to put together 3-60 minute presentations for Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods 2019 at my Alma Matar Brandon University. This is a 3 day workshop is designed to offer music educators the chance to gather, collaborate, discuss and explore different methods of teaching band and jazz band in junior and high schools in a somewhat informal environment. I have never presented to a room of educators before but felt it was important to put myself in a challenging situation like this. I learned alot from doing this and gained new knowledge through discussions with other educators I respect and admire. I hope the participants of the workshop got something out of my presentations. Thanks to Wendy McCallum for this opportunity!
Now with Fall upon us I am moving my focus back into teaching. I’m looking forward to getting my teaching studio back up a running regularly and working with trumpet sections around Winnipeg. I look forward to seeing and working with all my teacher friends/colleagues on the clinic circuit this year!

Playing "Chicago"

November 16th 2018

Had a great time, albeit short, playing in the band for the touring show “Chicago” the past 2 days! Getting the opportunity to play with a professional musical production was a really awesome experience, and doing it in the Centennial Concert Hall to what looked like to a sell out crowd was pretty cool! Although, the insane amount of mute changes made things unusually acrobatic. Besides this show having maybe the most amount of mute changes I’ve ever seen, it had a couple of other firsts for me...first off, the stage that we played on had multiple tiered levels and the brass was on the top, which was around 15-20 feet high. Near the end of the first act an actress climbed up a latter and through a trap door in the floor that was right beside me (she could have knocked over my mutes!) and slid down the side of a railing. Pretty wild! Also, because this was a touring show we had 1, 4 hour rehearsal the day of the first show...ice please!