December 31st 2016

Hey, Thanks for checking in!!!!

Wow! We will bid farewell to 2016 tonight at CK’s Lounge. This will be my 7th New Year’s Eve celebration at CK’s and the 4th there with “Face Value”. The group has enjoyed growing popularity at our favorite wineries this past year and have also had opportunities to venture into new markets such as “Bike Nights” at Quaker Steak & Lube. Due to the success and busy schedule of the group, my solo appearances were very few in 2016, a circumstance for which I apologize.

The performance schedule for the 4 piece slows down considerably from October to April, but it does provide us the opportunity to learn new material, a task we all really enjoy. It keeps the show fresh for us, and our listeners. During this “off season”, Rich Branham & I can be found much more often, performing as the “Face Value Duo”. This arrangement is much more laid back and works in the more intimate settings such as near the fire at Ferrante Winery or in smaller tasting rooms like Hundley Cellars & Kosicek Vineyards.

I’ve also had the pleasure once again this past year, to join forces with the Cleveland area group Miles Beyond, for an occasional special event. This is a larger group that specializes in Motown, R&B and Blues and when they wish to add a sax to their line-up, I get the opportunity to change it up a bit. Fun stuff!

Something brand new…Due to a last minute cancellation at Grand River Cellars yesterday afternoon, I joined forces with “Tommy & the Gunz” and put together a killer show to fill the evening. Tommy Varga is a powerhouse player & performer and simply a pleasure to join on stage. As a result, we have been invited to return to GRC on January 28th. This is also an opportunity for me to reunite with former “Doc Genre” guitarist Matt Schenk, whom I thoroughly respect and enjoy.

What’s up Doc????? “Doc Genre”, the four-piece group I formed in early 2014, was somewhat of a “flash in the pan”. The project got off to a very strong start, exploring funk and R&B rhythms, a style I hope to employ in my own creations, but ended rather abruptly. My intentions were to form a group that

could provide the opportunity to create groove-oriented original music, an idea I continue to pursue.

Recently “The Doc” has experienced a little re-creative surgery, as I’ve begun studio sessions exploring ideas that have been on the back burner for these past few years. I will keep you posted on the progress of his possible reanimation!

Thank you so much for your support and friendship in the past years and for joining us at our favorite area wineries, such as Ferrante, Laurello, Grand River Cellars, the Old Mill and Old Firehouse…And to the many new friends we’ve made this past year at Debonne Vineyards, Up a Creek Tavern in Warren, Quaker Steak & Lube in Mentor and Western Reserve Harley Davidson… welcome to the family!!

Please check the schedule page for my upcoming solo appearances, as well as these many projects in which I have the good fortune to be involved.

I am blessed to have made so many friends thru my involvement with music, and if Charleen and I do have a night free, we almost always can be found listening to live music. It has come to be known that I am seldom without my horn and I often have the pleasure of sitting-in on a few songs with many good musicians, so I hope to see you soon. Be sure to watch the schedule page on this site to see where I will be, and with whom.

My first and foremost interest has always been creating my own music. As I continue to do so, I am constantly working to build and expand upon my abilities. The more I play, the more I realize how much more there is to learn.

I am constantly working on the upcoming schedule and often find new venues based on the recommendations of our listeners. If you have questions, comments or suggestions about when and where you might like to see us, feel free to send me an email or give me a call.


As always, Thanks for Listening!
Don

Click to View - Newspaper Article in the Ashtabula Star Beacon on May 3, 2008

Click to View - Magazine Article in the North Coast Voice on November 4, 2009

Video Clip of Don Perry Duo

Video Clips of Face Value


 

 

 

 




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