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June 1, 2006

Juno Award Winner PJ Perry in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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The finest in Canadian Jazz at Beat Niq June 9 & 10th

Calgarians will have the chance to listen to some of the finest in Canadian jazz next weekend when P.J. Perry and his Quartet with special guest pianist Tommy Banks appear for two nights at Beat Niq jazz club, Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10th.

The all-star quartet will also feature Toronto bass legend Neil Swainson, and Calgary’s own, drummer Tyler Hornby.

P.J. Perry has become recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners as being one of North America’s premier saxophonists. P.J. has shared the stage with countless jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Michel LeGrand, Pepper Adams, Kenny Wheeler, Tom Harrell, and The Boss Brass among others.

In autumn of 1999 Justin Time Records released a Juno nominated recording of P.J. and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Winner of a 1993 Juno Award for Best Jazz Recording for his album “My Ideal”. P.J. has received Jazz Report magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Alto Sax for a record seven years running from 1993 to 1999.

P.J. has recently been performing his own show “The Joy of Sax” with orchestras across the country. He has also performed with the Edmonton Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Pianist Tommy Banks is well known to Canadians as one of this country’s most accomplished and versatile entertainers.

A Juno Award-winning musician, Mr. Banks has achieved national and international renown as Conductor or Music Director for such signature events as The Royal Command Performance (1978); The Commonwealth Games (1978); the World University Robert Lemay Jean-Fran├žois Guay . Glen Gillis Games (1983); the Opening Ceremonies for EXPO ’86 and the XVth Olympic Winter Games (1988). He has also served as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout Canada and the United States.

As founding Chairman of the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, Banks has worked tirelessly to ensure that other promising musicians and performers receive the exposure they deserve right across the country. In 1991, Banks was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1993, was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence.

for more information visit www.pjperry.com

June 9, 10, 2006
PJ Perry Quartet with special guest Tommy Banks
P.J. Perry (saxophone), Tommy Banks (piano), Neil Swainson (bass), Tyler Hornsby (drums)

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