Edmonton’s & Montreal’s P.J. Perry & Kevin Dean Quintet

Two nights only: at 9:30pm on Wednesday, May 11th & Thursday, May 12th.

(Please click a musician’s name to link to their website).

P.J. Perry – Sax

Kevin Dean – Trumpet

Mark Eisenman – Piano

Neil Swainson – Bass

Andre White – Drums

P.J. Perry bio:

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, Rob McConnell, Slide Hampton, Herb Spanier, Bobby Shew, Fraser McPherson, Tommy Banks, Joe LaBarbera, Clarence ‘Big’ Miller, Red Rodney, and many more talented artists, too numerous to list here.

Winner of a 1993 Juno Award for Best Jazz Recording for his album ‘My Ideal’, P.J. also received Jazz Report magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Alto Sax for a record streak of seven straight years, 1993 to 1999. In Autumn of 1999, Justin Time Records released a Juno nominated recording of P.J. and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. P.J. Perry is now recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners alike as one of North America’s premier saxophonists. In 2007, in recognition of lifetime achievement, he was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta.

More at http://www.pjperry.com/

Kevin Dean bio:

Trumpeter and organist Kevin Dean is a Professor of Music (Jazz Studies) at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. He was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1954 sand received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1976 from the University of Iowa. Dean received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami (Florida) in 1980, then joined the faculty of St. Francis-Xavier University in Nova Scotia 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 their undergraduate jazz curriculum as well as designing McGill’s Jazz Licentiate diploma and co-designing their Masters in Jazz Performance degree.

In 1986 Kevin co-founded the Jazz Association of Montreal and served as their first president. Kevin is active as a performer, composer, clinician and adjudicator and was a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops from 1984 to1996. He is featured on over fifteen CD’s, including six with his original music. His composition ‘Andre’s Footsteps’ was one of seven jazz pieces chosen to be part of a four CD set (Here and Now, A Celebration of Canadian Music,) compiled and released by the Canada Council 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 performed at jazz festivals in Montreal, Sweden, and Finland last summer and released their first CD; Kevin Dean Organ Band, Live at Upstairs

More at http://www.kevindeanmusic.com/