Led by trumpeter, Mike Herriott, the OTR Band (named after Mike’s hugely successful solo CD ‘Off the Road’, on which he plays everything except for drums!!) features a who’s who list of musicians performing compositions and arrangements by Herriott. Mike and the band will fire up at 9:30 on the 18th to bring their wall of sound back to the stage at the Rex. The audience will be treated to tunes by Freddie Hubbard, The Who, Herriott originals, and a special tribute to the late great Kenny Wheeler in an arrangement Wheeler did of one of Herriott’s pieces some years back.
This stellar band is guaranteed to take the audience on a musical journey and leave them wanting more!!
About the Band
Mike Herriott & the OTR Band have already been dubbed “the best big band I’ve heard in a long time!”, “reminiscent of the powerhouse bands of Bill Chase and Maynard!”, and “a band for the 21st century!” by fans and critics. Consisting of 16 of Toronto’s finest brass and rhythm musicians, the band was formed in 2014 to perform the music of its founder, Canadian trumpet-star Mike Herriott.
With an all-star line-up made up of a list of household names in the Canadian music scene, the band has (trumpets) Jason Logue, Dave Dunlop, Steve McDade, Brian O’Kane, (french horns) Austin Hitchcock, Janet Anderson, (trombones) Al Kay, Rob Somerville, Timothy Booth, Dave Reid, (rhythm section) Brian Dickinson, Ted Quinlan, Roberto Occhipinti, Ian Wright, and Richard Moore to join Herriott on stage. Mike says, “I was thrilled to make up a list of my favourite players and have them all say they would love to join the band!”.