The Young Jazz Players
Founded in 1999 by Middle school band teacher Bruce Creswick, the group quickly left the confines of SIMS and
became a self-managed, autonomous musical unit. Rapidly assimilating the wisdom of many local and internationally
famous jazz educators, the band's musical proficiency accelerated rapidly, and soon they were playing gigs around
the community and beyond. Over the years, personnel changes have seen the introduction of Devan Banman, and the
departure of trumpet player Simon Millerd. The band finds that such modifications are always positive, leading
different players to step into new and varied roles, and thereby continually improving themselves.
The YJP thoroughly enjoy every aspect of performing: especially at such a delightful venue as Music and
Award-winning Alto Saxophonist and student of Ted Hickford, Ross Taggart, Campbell Ryga and Don Thompson. A
veteran of both Malaspina and Victoria conservatory jazz programs, Perkins continues to refine and enhance his
rich and energetic saxophone stylings, influenced largely by sax legends Joshua Redman and Cannonball Adderly.
A tenor saxophone player of provincial renown, Garrett had the honour of playing with the senior
representative band at the Surrey Jazz festival last winter. He is a player in the tradition of such luminaries as
John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins.
Recognized by the adjudicators at Surrey Jazz Festival as the "Best Guitar Player" in a British Columbia High
School, Perkins continues to collect accolades for his musical expertise. A student of BC Guitarist Pat Coleman,
he plans to attend the Berklee in Los Angeles summer performance intensive this year.
At 16 years of age, Sanchez is already one of the best bass players in the community. His versatility, (he is
proficient in musical styles ranging from jazz and Latin music to rock, funk and hip-hop) and his creative talents
make him the rock-solid cornerstone of the group.
Teen heartthrob Devan continues to "wow" audiences from BC to Cuba with his incendiary drumming. Incorporating
percussive techniques from Latin America, Africa, and the North American modern jazz scene, Banman weaves complex
polyrhythmic patterns into all areas of his performance.
To be announced at the event. We strive for spontaneity!
Free music begins at 12:10pm at All Saints’ followed by an optional, delicious lunch for $5.50.