RIP Dave McMurdo

Dave McMurdo (trombonist, composer, arranger, conductor, teacher) was born March 4, 1944 in Isleworth, England. He died the morning of June 13, 2011 in Eden Mills, (just outside Guelph) Ontario. McMurdo is survived by his wife and two children.

McMurdo spent his early life in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he studied music at the University of British Columbia. It was there that he began composing music and playing in a variety of bands including the famed Bob Hales Big Band.

In 1969, he moved to Toronto where he became a sideman with Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, and lead trombone player in Nimmons 'n' Nine Plus Six. Internationally esteemed as leader of Juno Award-nominated The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra and The Dave McMurdo Quintet.

As a jazz educator, McMurdo has been a faculty member in the Music Department at Mohawk College since 1984. As a dedicated composer/ player/clinician, he participates in clinics, music festivals, and concerts across Canada and internationally.

CD’s -- Live at the Montreal Bistro 1992, Different Paths 1994, Fire & Song 1997, and Just For Now  2002 -- all on the Sackville recording label.

The Toronto Star acclaimed Just for Nowas one of 2002's Top 10 CDs. The Dave McMurdo Quintet featuring Mike Malone released their first CD entitled 99 Ways. In 2008 McMurdo released a live double CD of the Dave McMurdo Orchestra, Nimmons and More.


1991 – Juno Award nomination for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra’s inaugural CD The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra

1994 - The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra was named “Canada's Outstanding Jazz Orchestra” by The Jazz Report Magazine

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dave McMurdo
  • Subtitle: Famed Canadian Trombonist - Dead at 67
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