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Stan Perry


STAN PERRY (drummer) relocated to Toronto from his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in the ‘60s. He has been an important drummer on the Toronto jazz scene for several decades since, working with dozens of eminent jazz artists and ensembles in clubs, on concert stages, on television series, and in recording studios, but much of his career was built around a long-term association with clarinetist Phil Nimmons and his music projects.

Perry was associated with Nimmons’ establishment of the first Jazz Workshops at The Banff Centre in the ‘70s, when Oscar Peterson and Phil Nimmons, after the then-president of the Centre saw them on a TV interview, were first invited to put their expressed ideas on jazz education into practice in Banff. One result of their acceptance was their staging of the first week-long jazz workshop at The Banff Centre in 1974, bringing with them outstanding Toronto musicians bassist Dave Young bass, drummer Stan Perry, and pianist Gary Gross. The result was so successful that the workshops became annual offerings at The Banff Centre.

Stan Perry was the drummer with the Phil Nimmons Quartet (with Gary Williamson on piano and Dave Field on bass) and the eminent Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six ensemble.

Both bands were featured in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre – Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six on March 7, 1977, and the Phil Nimmons Quartet on February 11, 1980.