Perry brings quartet to Cowichan for 2 shows

Celebrated Canadian alto saxophonist P.J. Perry brings his all-star quartet to the Cowichan Valley for two performances Sept. 5-6.

Celebrated Canadian alto saxophonist P.J. Perry brings his all-star quartet to the Cowichan Valley for two performances Sept. 5-6.

Joining him will be Vancouver guitarist Oliver Gannon, Victoria-born bassist Neil Swainson and Nanaimo drummer Hans Verhoeven.

The quartet will play at Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and at the Crofton Hotel Pub on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the first performance of the hotel’s autumn Jazz at Crofton weekly jazz series.

At age 73, Perry continues to perform across Canada as a studio musician, jazz soloist, recording artist and a regular performer for the CBC radio and TV networks.

Gannon and Swainson are also renowned in their fields, while Verhoeven just loves to play the real stuff.

Admission to the Sylvan performance is $15. For advance tickets, call 250-324-1900.

The Crofton gig allows musicians to join in a jam session during the last hour. Admission for the show there is $15 or $25 per couple.