We were so pleased to welcome Malcolm Aiken in house for a Coastal Jazz Backstage Sessions Interview last week! Malcolm filled us in on all of his upcoming plans for his performance at the Jazz Festival this summer, as well as his ongoing projects and developments as both a recording and touring artist. Thank you Malcolm for stopping by! We can't wait to hear you perform with your sextet on July 2 at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival at 1:45pm, David Lam Park Main Stage.
Preview the full interview here:
Malcolm Aiken's Full Biography:
The Vancouver-based trumpet player Malcolm Aiken is a prolific performer, composer, clinician, educator, producer, and touring artist.
As a musician in the sunrise of his career, Malcolm Aiken has already been praised with many awards and accolades spanning his education, performance, and recording achievements. He received his Master’s Degree in ethnomusicology from UBC, is a Stromvi Brass Performing Artist, and has held musical residencies at the Banff Centre, Guilt and Co, and currently with the Vancouver School Board.
To name a few achievements from just the past year, Malcolm received a BC Arts Council Professional Artist Development Grant in 2016, a Canada Council of the Arts Special Project Grant in 2016, and a Western Canadian Music Awards nomination for World Music Recording of the Year in 2016 (Mazacote). It’s hard to list them all, Malcolm is so incredibly high-achieving!
Malcolm’s performances have spanned the globe in countries and cities such as the US, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Cuba, and some of his favourite memories from his travels include performances for figures such as the Dalai Lama, Reverend Desmond Tutu, and Shirin Ebadi.
Malcolm has had the privilege of performing alongside an impressive array of musical icons including Latin jazz legend Chucho Valdez, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, R&B Hall of Fame singer Dutch Robinson, Polaris-prize winning band Patrick Watson and salsa superstar Jimmy Bosch. When he is in Vancouver, you can find Malcolm performing in the city’s best nightclubs such as Guilt and Co., Frankie’s Jazz Club, and for Coastal Jazz’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
We are incredibly excited to welcome Malcolm Aiken to this summer’s Festival, for a performance featuring music from his latest album, New Futures. Catch Malcolm and his band on Saturday July 2nd at David Lam Park’s Main Stage at 1:45pm.