Taylor Centre Concert Season - Winter Edition
Bella Concert Hall , 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
See Description Important: Mount Royal University and JazzYYC present
Charlie Parker with Strings featuring PJ Perry (sax), Conducted by Tommy Banks
Sat. Feb. 10th, 2018 - Bella Concert Hall (Mount Royal University) – 8pm (VIP event 7pm – Doors 7:30pm)
One of our most ambitious shows of the season bring together two Canadian jazz icons to recreate the iconic ‘Charlie Parker with Strings’ sessions from the early 1950’s. Saxophonist PJ Perry and conductor Tommy Banks will be joined by chamber orchestra and rhythm section for one unforgettable night of classic jazz!
Show Description & Bios
JazzYYC and Mount Royal University are excited to team up to present this once in a lifetime Illumin8 concert experience featuring music from the iconic alto-saxophonist Charlie Parker in the stunning Bella Concert Hall.
Canadian jazz master PJ Perry heads up a special re-creation of his favourite record, Charlie Parker With Strings, originally recorded for the Verve record label between 1949 and 1952 featuring a small classical string ensemble with jazz rhythm section. Although considered somewhat controversial when they were first released, they are now considered landmarks for orchestral jazz productions and rank among the best in Charlie Parker’s discography. This event pairs two lifelong friends and collaborators; P.J. Perry on alto saxophone and Tommy Banks conducting.
Banks has organized a 16-piece band (harp, french horn, oboe, strings and jazz rhythm section) and vintage orchestrations to facilitate the sounds and he will conduct. Perry calls the project a “lifetime dream come true,” and goes on to say “I’m very grateful and honoured to be given an opportunity to play the music that changed my life. It might have seemed an impossibility at earlier stages of my life. Now, I’ve reached a point as a musician and artist that I don’t have to be Charlie Parker. I can be comfortable interpreting the music in my own style, though there isn’t anything a saxophonist can play that doesn’t owe a debt to him.”
In addition to the concert there will be a special VIP Event prior to the show with a meet-and-greet with Tommy Banks.
About PJ Perry
PJ Perry has become recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners as being one of North America’s premier saxophonists and for the last several decades has set the standard for saxophone playing in Canada. He has shared the stage with countless jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Michel LeGrand, Pepper Adams, Kenny Wheeler, Rob McConnell, Tommy Banks, Joe LaBarbera, Clarence “Big” Miller, Red Rodney and many more talented artists, too numerous to list here. PJ has garnered numerous accolades including a JUNO award for his album My Ideal, an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, Jazz Report magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Alto Sax for a record setting six straight years, and more recently was awarded the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
About Tommy Banks O.C., A.O.E., LL.D. (Hon.), FRCMT (Hon.)
Tommy Banks is a pianist, conductor, arranger, composer, television personality and former Canadian Senator. McLean’s Magazine observed that “it would be easier to list the things he doesn’t do.” He is the recipient of the Juno Award, the Gemini Award, the Grand Prix du Disques-Canada, and several ARIA Awards. He was musical director for the XI Commonwealth Games, EXPO ’86, The World University Games, the XV Olympic Winter Games, and for countless television shows. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Tommy has produced and/or conducted command performances for the Royal Family, and for President Ronald Reagan. In the more than fifty years since his professional debut, Tommy Banks has become a part of nearly every facet of Canada’s entertainment scene.
PJ Perry – Saxophone
Tommy Banks – Conductor
16 piece chamber orchestra with jazz rhythm section
Select Your Own Seats Click on desired section of the seat map below (if available) to choose from available seats. Please note: Tickets will be reserved for 15 minutes while you complete your purchase
Prices for this Performance (all prices are Canadian Dollars)
|$0.00 - Box K & F - Regular Price|
|$0.00 - Box J & E - Regular Price|
|$0.00 - Choir Loft - Regular Price|
|$20.00 - Student - Regular Price|
|$30.00 - Insider - Regular Price|
|$40.00 - Enthusiast - Regular Price|
|$50.00 - Premium - Regular Price|
|$75.00 - VIP - Regular Price|