It's already February and the Jazz Spot at Fusion is in high gear. This month we bring back a guest many of you have asked about since his last appearance on our monthly series. We are talking about jazz pianist Bill Perry who was born in Chicago, hails from Oxford and will soon be following his musical compass to points North, East and West delivering his unique and very personal brand of jazz. He incorporates inluences from bebop to hiphop and even elements of his own musical DNA (courtesy of his Father, renowned blues man Bill "Howlin' Mad" Perry). But Bill's talented fingers not only grace the piano, but a computer keyboard as well when he is writing columns and articles featuring his musical ideas and philosophies for various publications.
Bill, of course, stays busy with a number of personal appearances. You may have seen him recently on Mississippi Public Television performing as a member of the Governor's Arts Awards group with Raphael Semmes and Barry Leach. If you have not seen and heard Bill Perry play live, it's difficult to describe just what it's like as he demonstrates the joy of conveying the musical ideas in his mind and enjoying the delivery of those ideas not just with his fingertips but with every fiber of his body.
Bill Perry has a lot to say... with both words and music. You just have to see and hear him yourself. And you'll be glad you did. Better get there a little early though for best seating. Of course Raphael Semmes will be your host, and he and Tripp will be sharing some exciting news and announcements about this year's Township Jazz festival.
It's a special "don't miss" Sunday that gets underway at 3:30 so don't miss it!
This year's theme is BIG AND BRASSY, and we will be announcing the headliners very soon!!!
Our most successful festival yet!
Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed an incredible day of music, food, and fun! We had an impressive turnout for our stellar lineup. Mr. Benny Golson and his quartet were incredible, as were Astral Project, Russell Welch, Aurora Nealand, the Vamps, Southern Komfort and more. Here are some scenes from the day...
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