Not afraid to blow his own horn

Danette Dooley
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Pat Boyle ready for Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival

People often say dogs take on the personality of their owners. Pat Boyle sees similarities between himself and his instrument of choice.

"It's a little loud, a little obnoxious and so am I," he says of his trumpet playing.

Boyle had barely reached his teens when American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie came to Newfoundland.

Watching him perform spiked Boyle's interest in the instrument, he says.

Trumpeter Pat Boyle is home for the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival in St. John's. - Photo by Danette Dooley/Special to The Telegram

Music - People often say dogs take on the personality of their owners. Pat Boyle sees similarities between himself and his instrument of choice.

"It's a little loud, a little obnoxious and so am I," he says of his trumpet playing.

Boyle had barely reached his teens when American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie came to Newfoundland.

Watching him perform spiked Boyle's interest in the instrument, he says.

"I thought he was fantastic. I didn't play trumpet at the time but shortly thereafter I did," the Mount Pearl native says.

Boyle describes playing the trumpet as a different way of communicating.

"You get to play with people from all over the world and it often doesn't matter what language you speak," he says.

He holds a B.Mus. (trumpet performance) from Memorial University's School of Music, an M.A. (ethnomusicology) from York University and is currently completing a doctorate degree in performance at the University of Toronto.

Currently at home for the summer, Boyle is spending much of his time jamming and performing at various local festivals including the recently held sound symposium and the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival.

The jazz and blues festival (known for several years as the St. John's Jazz Festival) runs in the St. John's area from July 16-20 and features musicians from various parts of the world including Bjorn Thoroddsen from Iceland.

Boyle will be performing with several groups over the course of the festival.

He'll take to the stage with Duane Andrews, a well-known guitarist from Carbonear and a new group on the scene called the Al Robmon Trio.

He's also performing at the festival's Ladies of Jazz night.

Boyle's past musical experience outside the classroom includes composing and arranging music for several theatrical and television productions including the 2003 Juno Awards.

"I helped Great Big Sea with the opening of the awards," he says.

While primarily known as a trumpeter and guitarist, Boyle also plays the flugelhorn, dobro, electric bass, harmonica and ukulele.

However, he says, his diversity is by need rather than choice.

"It's very difficult to make a living here as a musician but it's getting a lot better. MusicNL is helping a lot of musicians and they helped fund my most recent record," Boyle says.

The CD "Still No Word" is Boyle's second release. It features Bill Brennan on the Fender Rhodes piano, Mike Downes on bass and Mike Murley on saxophone.

According to Kirk Newhook, executive and artistic director, the festival got its start six years ago when local musicians set out to promote jazz and world music.

"Blues is the root of jazz music so we decided to add that to the title of the festival and we were looking for a way to acknowledge the diversity of music in the festival. Because we've never only been limited to jazz," Newhook says of the festival's new name.

The Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival isn't just a summer event.

With three full-time staff and increased sponsorship, it now hosts numerous events throughout the year including educational workshops and performances.

The festival will be held at the Harbourside Park and the Martini Bar on George Street.

"For a city to be world class we need an artistic infrastructure like this," Boyle says.

Boyle and Andrews recently completed a tour of other jazz festivals throughout the country.

"I've seen most of the groups that are coming to our jazz festival. And they're all fantastic. The city is in for a real treat."

For further information on Boyle visit www.patrickboyle.ca

For further information on the festival visit www.wreckhousejazzandblues.com.

danette@nl.rogers.com

Organizations: School of Music, York University, University of Toronto Great Big Sea

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Mount Pearl Iceland Carbonear Harbourside Park George Street

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  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    A great human interest story.

    Give a young person a means to express to themselves and there's no bounds to what they can achieve.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    A great human interest story.

    Give a young person a means to express to themselves and there's no bounds to what they can achieve.