10. February 2018 - 20:00 till 23:00
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Illumin8 Concert Series - Charlie Parker with Strings | Mount Royal University Conservatory | Saturday, 10. February 2018

One of our most ambitious shows of the season features Canadian jazz icon and recent Order of Canada recipient PJ Perry on saxophone recreating the iconic ‘Charlie Parker with Strings’ sessions from the early 1950’s. PJ Perry will be joined by a 16-piece chamber orchestra with rhythm section for one unforgettable night of classic jazz!

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.
PJ has organized a 16-piece band (harp, french horn, oboe, strings and jazz rhythm section) and vintage orchestrations to facilitate the sounds of Charlie Parker. 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 PJ Perry.

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
Allan Gilliland – Conductor
16 piece chamber orchestra with jazz rhythm section