Mike Field's Blog

Here you'll find stories behind the music, album liner notes, lyrics and other thoughts and articles about Mike's music.

Mike Field - jazz trumpeter and composer, singer-songwriter
 

Three Years to Tasmania

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Being invited to play at the Clarence Jazz Festival in Tasmania has definitely been one of the highlights of this year’s tour so far. But getting there wasn’t quick and easy - it took three years to build a relationship with the festi...
 
 

Attic Jump Nominated for Two Independent Music Awards

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Amazing news just came in: Attic Jump was nominated for two Independent Music Awards (IMAs). One was for Best Instrumental Album and the other for Best Jazz Instrumental Song (for Five Days in Hermosa). Sweet! Here's the press release that gave t...
 
 

Performing in Seoul, South Korea - April 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016
It will probably sound like I'm exaggerating when I describe how amazing the experience was in Seoul, South Korea. It was, ironically, the most challenging leg of the tour to plan for a bunch of reasons:- Four weeks before my flight to Korea, the ve...
 
 

Attic Jump Reaches Top of Canadian Jazz Charts

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Very stoked to see Attic Jump reached top of the Canadian jazz radio charts this week! ...
 
 

Mike Field's 2015 Year in Review

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wow, holy cow, another super busy year that went by really fast. Here are some of the highlights to help remember what we got up to:JANUARY - NEW ZEALANDOur second tour on the South Island, our fourth tour on the North Island, including some huge cr...
 
 

Attic Jump Tour - Vancouver Island

Friday, November 6, 2015
Short but Sweet — Loving and Leaving Vancouver Island. It is hard to believe that the first three concerts of our Attic Jump release tour are already behind us! We were warmly welcomed on the island and were able to play three beautiful concer...
 
 

Introducing: Attic Jump - Press Release October 13th 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015
MIKE FIELD NEW ALBUM Out October 29th ATTIC JUMP Nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA)! Available at www.mikefieldjazz.com, iTunes, Amazon and all regular digital distribution channels 2015 / 2016 Canadian & International...
 
 

Ready To Jump And Dance? The New Album Is Almost Here!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
It is very hard to contain our excitement! As many of you know, we have been working very hard on our latest recording this summer. Countless hours preparing, arranging, recording, mixing and planning with many amazing musicians, a wonderful produce...
 
 

jazzahead! 2015 (April 23-26)

Friday, May 29, 2015
To help promote our music, last April, we decided to return to the "jazzahead!" conference in Bremen, Germany for the second year in a row. Jazzahead! is a wonderful place to network, build momentum and find inspiration. I always say it's amazing to...
 
 

European Rush Mode Tour 2015: Italy

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
After playing some wonderful concerts in Germany, we headed straight back to Italy to begin preparing for our concerts at Rome's AlexanderPlatz Jazz Club on May 16 and 17, 2015. The first step in a new country is always to pick up the rental guitar...
 
 

European Rush Mode Tour 2015: Germany

Monday, May 25, 2015
It's always amazing how quickly time goes by, especially when we're having fun! So here we are, our 2015 European Rush Mode Tour is already behind us. As many of you know, preparing a successful tour takes months and months of planning, organizin...
 
 

30 Days in Toronto - Shows, Video Shoot, Recording

Monday, April 13, 2015
After spending three months touring in sunny New Zealand and Australia, I was back home in Toronto for 30 days of shows, video shoots and recording sessions. Here are some of the highlights. To begin, here's the weather I found the day I arrived ba...
 
 

Australia Tour 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015
Touring in Australia had always been on our minds since we've been to New Zealand so many times. But the trip across the Tasman Sea had always managed to elude our tour schedule. Until this year! We finally decided to make it happen, and what a grea...
 
 

New Zealand North Island Concerts January 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015
The North Island leg of our 2015 New Zealand Tour took us to a couple great places. First, we visited Auckland and we were welcomed by the Jazz and Blues Club at the Point Chevalier RSA. Next, we were off to Hamilton to play for the Hamilton Jazz So...
 
 

The Amazing People Who Support Us

Monday, February 2, 2015
One of the most beautiful parts of being a touring musician is the people I meet, and in particular those who support us along the way. It doesn't matter which country I happen to be in, I've been really fortunate to meet some of the most amazing i...
 
 

Summertimes Festival Christchurch - Ingham Lazy Sundays

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wow, it's crazy how time flies. It feels like we only just started our tour around New Zealand but in fact, today, January 11th, we played our last show on the South Island for this season. We did, however, finish up our set of gigs down here with a...
 
 

Dharma Bums Club - Wairau Valley - Jan 9, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015
Another fun concert on our 2015 New Zealand South Island tour took us to the Dharma Bums Club (DBC) in a stunning wine region — the Wairau Valley — on January 9th. Peter and Nancy, our hosts, had welcomed us during our last New Zealand T...
 
 

The Mussel Inn — Takaka — Jan 6, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
A wonderful night at one of our most favourite venues. The Mussel Inn has incredible hosts, beautiful accomodation, stunning surroundings, a super cozy inside and the most "dancy" audience members. Oh, and let's not forget the tasty craft beers that...
 
 

Nelson Jazz Festival 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015
The New Zealand sun spoiled us today at our first show of 2015 at the Nelson Jazz Festival in Fairfield Park. Many jazz lovers came out to enjoy the great weather with a picnic and live music. It was a privilege to play for so many wonderful people!...
 
 

Mike Field's 2014 Year in Review

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
What a year! It's been full of wonderful experiences, lots of excitement and unexpected concerts. Here are some of the highlights: JANUARY - NEW ZEALAND Ten shows on the North and South Islands in beautiful New Zealand, including the Nelson Jazz F...
 
 

Here we go again!

Friday, December 26, 2014
Guess where we are! It's about 25 degrees outside on December 26th, light till 9pm, the official Christmas tree is called a "pohutakawa", the people who live here have the same name as a cuddly looking, flightless bird and the national pasttime is a...
 
 

Beginning of New Zealand Tour 2015

Friday, December 26, 2014
Guess where we are! It's about 25 degrees outside on December 26th, light till 9pm, the official Christmas tree is called a "pohutakawa", the people who live here have the same name as a cuddly looking, flightless bird and the national pasttime is a...
 
 

Concert in Kiev, Ukraine for Savik Shuster

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Last weekend, we surprised a fan by showing up at his birthday party in Kiev, Ukraine. We couldn't mention it beforehand lest we ruin the surprise. But once it was all said and done, it was one of those amazingly special experiences that reminds you...
 
 

Rush Mode Wins Two Independent Music Video Awards (IMVAs) and Tour

Thursday, November 20, 2014
MIKE FIELD JAZZ QUINTETTOURING U.S.A. New Zealand Australia Italy Germany RUSH MODE VIDEO — TWO-TIME INDEPENDENT MUSIC VIDEO AWARD RECIPIENT! www.mikefieldjazz.com "A masterful work, Rush Mode is a swingin' hotspot you want to visit again...
 
 

Rush Mode - Finalist for Australian Independent Music Video Awards

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Great news came in this week - the video for Rush Mode is a finalist in the Australian Independent Music Video Awards! This will be great to help us promote our upcoming shows in Melbourne next February! The Australian Independent Music Video Awa...
 
 

Music Niagara and Newmarket Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
At the beginning of the month, we took a week off from our regular concerts at Harlem Restaurant in order to head down to Niagara-on-the-Lake and up to Newmarket to play at their jazz festivals. Teri Parker had just gotten back from New York City af...
 
 

The Rex Hotel, Toronto Jazz Festival, Summerlicious

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Being back in Toronto after six months of touring has been really great so far. We started out with an exciting performance at The Rex Hotel - Scott Kemp was on bass, Paul Metcalfe on tenor, Amanda Tosoff on piano and Dave Chan on drums. Thanks alwa...
 
 

Concert in Rome @ Gregory's Jazz Club

Sunday, May 11, 2014
What an amazing time it was playing at Gregory's Jazz Club in Rome! On May 10, we played to a full crowd at one of the nicest clubs in the city, located right beside the Spanish Steps.  Mike had met the band only that week - they rehearsed a...
 
 

jazzahead!

Thursday, May 1, 2014
It's been an exciting few days in Bremen where we attended the jazz conference jazzahead! Our goal was to introduce Rush Mode to many European festival directors, promotors, booking agents, radio stations, journalists and others in the industry... a...
 
 

SCAT Club in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Madeira is stunning and the two shows at SCAT were amazing - a full house each time! We hope you like the pictures!                 ...
 
 

Rush Mode Nominated for Two Independent Music Awards

Friday, March 14, 2014
Amazing news! Rush Mode was just nominated for two Independent Music Awards! The title track, "Rush Mode", was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Song and "The Last of the Summer Days" was nominated for Best Jazz Song with Vocals. Sweet! Below is ...
 
 

Harlem Concerts - Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014
It was great to be back home in Toronto and playing at Harlem Restaurant again. We did two shows - one on Feb 28 and one on Mar 1. The first night, one of the audience members happened to be a pro photographer, so he came back the next night to pho...
 
 

Review of Rush Mode in The WholeNote Magazine

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Below is an excerpt from the review of "Rush Mode" in the Feb 2014 issue of The WholeNote. Click here to view the entire review (PDF 135KB) "Field shares the front-line with tenor saxophonist Paul Metcalfe, and there's clearly a special musical ki...
 
 

New Zealand North Island Shows 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Another amazing set of shows in such a beautiful country! We performed five concerts on the North Island, each one different and wonderful. Rehearsing at the KMC - Jan 17 & 18, 2014 The week before the first show, I met up with the North Islan...
 
 

Final South Island Show - Le Café in Picton, New Zealand

Monday, January 13, 2014
The final show on the South Island was both amazing and sad. Amazing because the crowd was great, super responsive, lots of people, and the venue's owner - Peter Schoni - treated us like gold. There were even three different groups of people that ha...
 
 

Nelson Jazz Festival: 2nd Show at the Playhouse in Mapua

Friday, January 3, 2014
Full House! Our third show of the 2013/14 New Zealand Tour, the second gig for the Nelson Jazz Festival, took place at the Playhouse Cafe in Mapua. There were no empty seats! It was great to see a few familiar faces - spectators who had seen us...
 
 

Celebrating the Arrival of 2014 at the Nelson Jazz and Blues Festival

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Another great show at another amazing venue! Due to the weather being a bit unstable, our Plan-B location turned out to be the beautiful Old St. John's Church in downtown Nelson. The venue was packed during our performance and from what we could tel...
 
 

Band Hike - To The Center Of New Zealand

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Breakfast conversation: "Who wants to go hike to the center of New Zealand? It only takes about an hour." All hands went up and a short while later, we were on our way! Great idea which was rewarded with a stunning view!      ...
 
 

Mussel Inn — Takaka — 29th December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
WOW, what an amazing start to the New Zealand tour! The Mussel Inn in Takaka must be one of the most amazing places for any musician to play! Jane and Andrew, the hosts, are incredible! So much so, that in addition to providing an amazing venue, fai...
 
 

A very scenic start - New Zealand Tour 2013/14

Saturday, December 28, 2013
It was a very, very scenic drive yesterday from Christchurch over the Lewis Pass to Takaka where we'll be playing our first show tonight. The tour has officially begun! We started the Saturday morning with a rehearsal at the amazing Performance Arts...
 
 

Rush Mode (Official Video) - Out Now!

Saturday, December 21, 2013
EXCITING TIMES!! The official video for RUSH MODE is out now! Please take a look and let us know what you think! http://www.mikefieldjazz.com/videos We'd like to thank director Rich Williamson and producer Shasha Nakhai (both of Compy Films) as wel...
 
 

Please support local musicians this Christmas.

Saturday, December 14, 2013
May we ask for a favor? Please support local musicians this Christmas. Yes, GO, GO OUT and buy a CD... or two or three! Buy them as a present for your mom, your friend, your cousin, your child, your teacher... go, go buy one for everyone you know! Y...
 
 

Rush Mode - The Video Shoot

Monday, November 25, 2013
It's been an exciting few days for us. On Friday, November 22, we set out to record our first ever professional music video. Rich Williamson, Shasha, Alex and Jason were our film crew who had put together a great storyline and an ambitious but well p...
 
 

Did you know? We are shooting the RUSH MODE Music video this week!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Exciting times! On Friday November 22nd we are finally shooting our first ever professional music video! It will be for the title track of our latest album RUSH MODE. To go with the theme, we have picked some great locations all around Toronto. Only ...
 
 

Harlem Restaurant, Toronto 15th November - Pictures

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Another great show with no spare seats at Harlem Restaurant! Thanks to everyone who made it out on such a cold night. We certainly hope we helped warm your hearts! Here are a few pictures of the show! As you can see - our photographer used the show ...
 
 

NEWS: MIKE FIELD @ JAZZAHEAD in BREMEN, GERMANY in April 2014!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Yes, it is official! Mike Field will be a participant at Jazzahead (April 23rd - 27th) in Bremen, Germany in 2014! We will have our own stand, will be promoting the latest album Rush Mode and are hopeful to generate many industry contacts and maybe ...
 
 

Recap of Our October Residency @ Harlem Restaurant

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Crazy how time flies! It seems like only yesterday we started our October residency at Harlem - the reality is however: Yesterday we finished our "three Fridays in a row gig" and with that - we celebrated the end of our October sting at 67 Richmond ...
 
 

VIDEO: Mike Field Jazz Quintet, The Ghost and the Paperboy @ The Rex

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
For the ones who have known Mike for some time, you won't be surprised about his latest musical creations: He is - as he calls it - "mixing it up a bit". Putting the trumpet aside and exchanging it for an acoustic guitar, he pulls the microphone clos...
 
 

October Residency at Harlem Restaurant in Toronto Extended

Friday, October 18, 2013
Great news guys! As you may know, we are currently booked for a residency at Harlem Restaurant on Richmond Street in Toronto. Our first show there was last Friday and was a lot of fun! It was amazing to see so many loyal fans and brand new fans in ...
 
 

5 reasons people hate jazz, and 5 ways to cure them (article from CBC.ca)

Sunday, October 13, 2013
An interesting article we just found on cbc.ca. Maybe worth sharing with friends who aren't into Jazz (yet)?The full Article can be found HERE - a little sneak preview below. Some people hate jazz. Not just "dislike" or "find irritatin...
 
 

RUSH MODE CD Release Concert Review in the Examiner

Monday, October 7, 2013
Thank you to Christina Strynatka for coming out to the CD release of Rush Mode last night and writing this great review for the Examiner about the concert! Field's jazz on foggy Sunday night lifts Toronto's spiritsMike Field Rating: 5-Star Octob...
 
 

Liner Notes for Album "Rush Mode"

Sunday, October 6, 2013
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2013 BAND: Mike Field: Trumpet Dave Chan: Drums Carlie Howell: Bass (and shakers on 3) Paul Metcalfe: Tenor saxophone Teri Parker: Piano  GUESTS: Mark Eisenman: Piano (on 9) and Rhodes (on 4)&nb...
 
 

Interview with Mike Field in The Examiner

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A nice piece from The Examiner. Christina Strynatka sat down with Mike last week to talk about composing jazz, the new album project and how he got into playing music. In conversation with: Mike Field September 30, 2013 Jazz is inherentl...
 
 

Lyrics for The Last of the Summer Days

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Title: The Last of the Summer Days Written and arranged by: Mike Field in March 2012  Performed by: Sophia Perlman and The Mike Field Jazz Quintet on the album "Rush Mode"  I've come back home to where we have grown When will we...
 
 

The Story of "Intersection"

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
While riding the subway in downtown Toronto, a melody came rushing into my head. This was before I had a smartphone to record the melody into. So I rushed out of the subway at the intersection of Yonge & Bloor to find something to write it down ...
 
 

Lyrics for Play For You

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Title: Play For You Written by: Mike Field in April 2009 Instrumental arrangement for quintet by: Mike Field in August 2011  Performed as an instrumental tune by: The Mike Field Jazz Quintet on the album "Rush Mode"&nbs...
 
 

Enhance Your Creativity by Listening to Jazz

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Did you know it's been scientifically proven that jazz music enhances the listener's creativity? That by listening to jazz you can have more "Eureka Moments" than if you hadn't been listening? Or how about the fact that children who receive jazz ins...
 
 

Solitary Pilgrimage (Trinh Cong Son / Mike Field) - Sophia Perlman

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
It is always a pleasure to perform with amazing artists such as Sophia Perlman and Kevin Laliberté. The video clip below was recorded at one of our concerts for the Vietnamese community in Toronto / Ontario. It's a beautiful song! Take a liste...
 
 

What's the Song "Number Three" About?

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Number Three is the third song I ever wrote for my band. It was a melody that came to me in 2007 while living on Bay Street in downtown Toronto. I was in the middle of my first (and only) year of a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of To...
 
 

The Story Behind "Missing in Paris"

Saturday, May 12, 2012
This is a long, tragic love story about a girl falling in love and at the same time, developing schizophrenia. Two days into the story, she was picked up by the police, wandering outside the Paris train station, looking for the man she loved, even ...
 
 

Learning Jazz Improves Children's Test Scores

Monday, April 16, 2012
Children who received jazz instruction score higher on test scores than those who do not. Children who received jazz rhythm training score higher on arithmetic than those who do not. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI8r6k9wgGo ...
 
 

"Volcano Waltz" and the Iceland Volcano in 2010

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Do you remember back in April 2010 when the volcano erupted in Iceland and no planes could fly in Europe for several days? This happened during an artist's residency in Santa Monica when I happened to be writing tunes for the album Ashes. A good fr...
 
 

What the Heck is "Gotu Kola"?

Thursday, January 5, 2012
People often ask me what "Gotu Kola" means and why I have a song with that title. The story is pretty simple. I heard a song named Pennywort that I thought was really beautiful and it inspired me to write a similar tune of my own. I wanted a name t...
 
 

Liner Notes for Album "Ashes"

Friday, September 16, 2011
RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2011 BAND: Mike Field: Trumpet Dave Chan: Drums Carlie Howell: Bass Paul Metcalfe: Tenor saxophone Matt Newton: Piano  CREDITS: All songs composed and arranged by Mike Field Produced by Mike Field...