The Al Guraliuk Jazz Quartet provides the perfect background music for receptions and dinner. Al lists his influences as Chet Baker and early Miles Davis with Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti being his current favourite musicians. In his own playing, Al strives to attain a balance between emotion and technique, and above all, a sound that really swings.
Prior to receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia in 1979, Al was playing lead trumpet in the Capilano College Big Band and jazz trumpet in both the Vancouver City College and UBC Stage Bands. Since graduating, Al has been actively involved in Vancouver’s musical community. He has traveled to New York, New Orleans and Havana to further study music. In addition to this quartet, Al is leader of Champagne, a top forty dance band,lead trumpet in the Champagne Orchestra, a swinging sixteen piece big band, and cornet player in The Gastown Strutters Dixieland Band.
The vast experience and the extensive repertoire of this talented musician make The Al Guraliuk Jazz Quartet ideal for any situation. For smaller groups and budgets this ensemble can also work as a trio.
“Their music was well received during the evening and received rounds of applause (even though they were ‘background’ music). Several people added comments with regard to the Gala evening mentioning that it was a ‘classy’ evening – obviously, thanks in part to Al Guraliuk’s group.”
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