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January 5, 2006

Jazz Saxophonist Houston Person in Vancouver

Written by
cindy mcleod

Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club hosts legendary tenor saxophonist Houston Person tomorrow and Saturday evenings, backed by a top drawer trio featuring local musicians Miles Black (piano), Jodi Proznick (bass), and Blaine Wikjord (drums).

The septuagenarian Person is perhaps best known for his 30 year stint with vocalist Etta Jones, but as one of the busiest players in the business, has to date recorded 75 albums under his own name. Not to mention he makes guest appearances on numerous other recordings with greats Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, and Charles Brown among them. He is also a sought after record producer, having produced records by Etta Jones, Freddy Cole, Charles Brown, and many more. Houston Person has been recognized for his contributions on several occasions, being handed a number of Awards including the prestigious ‘Eubie Blake Jazz Award’, and with Etta Jones, was nominated for a Grammy.

Often identified with keeping the thick-toned soulful tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, his sound is heavily blues oriented, influenced by spending his childhood years in the south. Accessible, engaging, and danceable are all words that describe his sound, and it’s intentional, the artist insists that jazz is “the people’s music”.

The Cellar has become one of the top jazz clubs worldwide (Downbeat 2001-2005) in its six years of operation, and is known for promoting local Canadian music and international artists. For more information visit www.cellarjazz.com

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