Bill Perry Trio Entertains the Entertainers

In a comforting reversal of roles, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosted an evening of Music and Merriment last Friday evening as a display of appreciation for a massive crowd of art supporters, local artists and musicians at the home of Douglas and Ralph Vance.

A portion of the crowd – usually on the giving end of an arts-based program – were treated to a plethora of food and drink as well as two finely tuned sets by local jazz favorite Bill Perry and his band; including rhythm section drummer and bassist, Ricky Burkhead and Dave Woolworth, respectively. Both Burkhead and Woolworth are board members of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

The Bill Perry Trio were entertainment at a YAC gathering on Friday, March 4. Photo by Jeff McVay
The Bill Perry Trio were entertainment at a YAC gathering on Friday, March 4.
Photo by Jeff McVay

A beautiful night, capped off by an amazing crowd and jazzy background music by the Bill Perry Trio most certainly achieved what YAC had hoped; to thank Oxford and, more specifically, art supporters who keep YAC on the cutting edge of Mississippi arts programming.

Pianist Bill Perry Photo by Jeff McVay
Pianist Bill Perry
Photo by Jeff McVay
Drummer Ricky Burkhead Photo by Jeff McVay
Drummer Ricky Burkhead
Photo by Jeff McVay
Bassist Dave Woolworth Photo by Jeff McVay
Bassist Dave Woolworth
Photo by Jeff McVay

Check out the featured video (top) and other embedded videos (below) for a sample of the Bill Perry Trio and their silky smooth sound that entertained YAC and local art supporters last Friday night.

For more information on YAC and it’s programming, or for details on becoming a supporter, visit its website at OxfordArts.com.

The Bill Perry Trio Photo by Jeff McVay
The Bill Perry Trio
Photo by Jeff McVay
Ricky Burkhead Photo by Jeff McVay
Ricky Burkhead
Photo by Jeff McVay
Art supporters hit the dance floor during one of the Bill Perry Trio's sets last Friday night. Photo by Jeff McVay
Art supporters hit the dance floor during one of the Bill Perry Trio’s sets last Friday night.
Photo by Jeff McVay
Dave Woolworth Photo by Jeff McVay
Dave Woolworth
Photo by Jeff McVay
Ricky Burkhead Photo by Jeff McVay
Ricky Burkhead
Photo by Jeff McVay
Dave Woolworth and Ricky Bulkhead of the Bill Perry Trio Photo by Jeff McVay
Dave Woolworth and Ricky Bulkhead of the Bill Perry Trio
Photo by Jeff McVay
Bill Perry Photo by Jeff McVay
Bill Perry
Photo by Jeff McVay


Jeff McVay is a staff writer and graphic designer for Hottytoddy.com. He can be reached at jeff.mcvay@hottytoddy.com.

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