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May 16, 2008

P.J. Perry Quartet at Yardbird Suite

Written by
cindy mcleod

live jazz, Canada

P.J. Perry

P.J. Perry Quartet
Fri & Sat, May 23 & 24
Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

Canadian Jazz Greats Join Perry for Yardbird Performance

One of the nation’s finest saxophonists, P.J. Perry brings his top-drawer quartet of Canadian jazz legends to the Yardbird Suite stage on Friday & Saturday, May 23 & 24. Joining Perry for the dates are Montreal greats, trumpeter Kevin Dean and Andre White (drums) and Edmonton bassist Mike Lent.

P.J. Perry 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. His discography numbers seven albums, receiving a Juno nomination for his 1999 Justin Time Records release featuring P.J. and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and winning Best Jazz Recording for his album My Ideal (1993). His most recent, P.J. Perry Trio features guitarist Reg Shwager and bassist Neil Swainson.

P.J. also received Jazz Report magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Alto Sax for a record seven years from 1993 to 1999. P.J. has recently been performing his own show The Joy of Sax with orchestras across the country including the Edmonton Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Trumpeter and organist Kevin Dean is an Associate Professor of Music (Jazz Studies) at McGill University in Montreal. Dean earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami before joining the faculty of St. Francis-Xavier University where he helped develop Canada’s first university accredited jazz studies program. He accepted his present position at McGill in 1984 and designed and developed the first jazz curriculum there. Dean co-founded the Jazz Association of Montreal in 1986 and served as its first president. He is active as a performer, composer, clinician and adjudicator and was a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops from 1984 to 1996. He is featured on numerous CD’s, including six with his original music Venous Lake (Gemini Records, 1998) features guitarist Louis Stewart and bassist Neil Swainson and is enhanced with CD-ROM video material from the recording session. His composition Andre’s Footsteps was one of seven jazz pieces chosen to be part of a four CD set of Canadian music compiled and released by the Canada Council for the Arts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

Kevin has performed in concert and recorded with numerous well-known jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson and Barry Harris. In recent years Kevin has begun to play and perform on the Hammond organ and has a quartet that features Andre White playing drums and saxophonists Mike Murley and John Nugent. The group has performed at jazz festivals in Montreal, Sweden, and Finland and released their first CD Kevin Dean Organ Band, Live at Upstairs.

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