P.J. Perry


Photo by: Ed Ellis Photography

P.J. Perry, who turned 75 this past December, 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.

Recently made a member of the Order of Canada, he was a featured soloist on the hit 2010 Broadway production of Come Fly Away, highlighting the songs of Frank Sinatra and the choreography of Twyla Tharpe. In 2007 P.J. was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta. In autumn 1999 Justin Time Records released a Juno nominated recording of P.J. and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. P.J. Perry has become recognized by critics, colleagues and listeners as being one of North America’s premier saxophonists.

Winner of a 1993 Juno Award for Best Jazz Recording for his album My Ideal, P.J. has received Jazz Report magazine’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Alto Sax for a record seven years from 1993 to 1999. P.J. continues to record, and perform at clubs across the country. He has also performed with the Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.

Mr. Perry last appeared as a soloist with the ESO in November 2014, although he is frequently engaged as an extra musician for ESO performances.