P.J. Perry brings joy of sax to Smithers

P.J. Perry loves playing in Smithers for what he calls “a very hip audience.”

The P.J. Perry Quartet will take to the stage at the Della Herman Theatre on Sept. 13.

P.J. Perry loves playing in Smithers for what he calls “a very hip audience.”

“These days, people’s tastes have matured and there is a jazz audience up there [in the Bulkley Valley],” Perry, who calls Edmonton home, said. “I’m very much looking forward to coming up there again.”

Perry is one fourth of the P.J. Perry Quartet, a group made up of renowned jazz musicians who are performing at the Della Herman Theatre on Sept. 13.

The accolades for Perry’s work are many. He won a Juno for Best Jazz Recording and he has recently been performing his own show, “The Joy of Sax,” with orchestras from across the country.

He has shared the stage with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw and Tommy Hunter.

Rounding out the P.J. Perry Quartet are: Neil Swainson on bass, Chris Sigerson on piano and Nels Guloien on percussion.

“People can expect to see virtuoso saxophone playing, I can say this I think without too much blush, and a soulful rendition of the blues,” Perry said. “But I don’t want people to think we’re going to be taking this too seriously, we’re going to be having a lot of fun on stage, too.”

The Smithers show is a family affair. Percussionist Guloien is Perry’s youngest brother and his sister, Janet, calls the Bulkley Valley home.

While in Smithers, the quartet will also lead a workshop hosted by high school band leader Mike Doogan-Smith.

“Traditionally, it’s an art form that’s been handed down from one musician to the next,” Perry said. “I think it’s important to pass on the knowledge to the younger generation that the music is here to stay and that it is indeed valid and important. It’s a music that incorporates honesty, beauty and technique. I consider it my responsibility to pass it on to the younger generation.”

Perry has performed twice before in the Bulkley Valley.

Both shows were sold out.

The PJ Perry Quartet takes to the Della Herman stage on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from Mountain Eagle Books and Interior Stationery. Adults are $20 and students are $15.


Just Posted

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Helping hands: the benefit of hiring people with disabilities

““It’s important for the employer to see the benefit of hiring people with disabilities.”

SD54 trustee candidate’s state their case

Candidates answered questions from the public on SOGI, the no grade system and marijuana legislation

Road to the World Juniors starts in Smithers

Walnut Park first stop for tour promoting next year’s World Junior Championships.

Controlled fire on Hudson Bay Mtn

Fire on the southeast portion of mountain is a controlled burn by Smithers Mountain Bike Association

VIDEO: First legal cannabis purchases as midnight strikes in eastern Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador was the first province to kick off the sale of cannabis, just after midnight local time

Smithers election: Colin Bateman

Council candidate Colin Bateman answers on a wide variety of topics.

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Most Read