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 (saxophone)
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 a Canadian jazz legend to recreate the iconic ‘Charlie Parker with Strings’ sessions from the early 1950’s. Saxophonist PJ Perry 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.
The event will feature PJ Perry fronting a 16-piece band (harp, french horn, oboe, strings and jazz rhythm section) and vintage orchestrations to facilitate the classic sound. 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.”
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.
PJ Perry – Saxophone
16 piece chamber orchestra with jazz rhythm section
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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|