Bio

Cherry’s musical talents were discovered at the tender age of 4, while during a sing-along in preschool, she wandered over to the piano and played back note for note, the melodies she had just heard. At her preschool teacher’s persuasion, her mom eventually found a piano teacher and enrolled her in piano lessons. Cherry was born into a family of non- musicians. In fact, no one in her family is musically inclined except for her mother Louisa, who enjoys singing traditional Chinese folk songs.

It was a time of uncertainly in Hong Kong. This British Territory was due to be handed back to China in 1997, and people feared the worse at what would become of Hong Kong under Chinese rule. At age 6, Cherry’s family emigrated from Hong Kong to Canada and settled in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. There she continued her studies on the piano, and in Grade 6, joined the school band on clarinet.

In Grade 8, Cherry picked up the alto saxophone for the first time and knew, right then and there, that playing saxophone was what she wanted to do for her career. Mind you, she hadn’t the slightest idea how to pull that off, but details are no so important. High school was a busy time for Cherry, as she was extremely involved in sports and music. Cherry played clarinet in concert band, saxophone in jazz band, electric bass in jazz choir, as well as played on every sports team the school had to offer. Cherry split her high school days between the school gym and music room. In Grade 12, Cherry was chosen to be a member of the British Columbia Honour Jazz Band on alto sax. In that same year, Cherry went on tour with a local college wind symphony and performed in various parts of Italy on clarinet.

Cherry continued her musical studies at Capilano College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies, with a double- major in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. It was during college when Cherry decided to make the tenor saxophone her instrument of choice. Cherry studied under saxophone master Stan Karp, whom she attributes for helping lay the proper foundation in her saxophone playing, and Juno award winner Campbell Ryga, who continues to inspire her each and every day. She also studied privately on flute, clarinet, oboe, electric bass, and piano.

Cherry has worked with and performed with numerous groups of various genres (funk, salsa, pop, big band, musicals, top 40, R&B, & jazz), performing on local and international venues. Cherry has also worked for Royal Caribbean International, playing saxophone, flute & clarinet onboard cruise ships as a member of a 9-piece orchestra. Working on ships provided her the opportunity to travel to France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Panama, the Caribbean, Aruba, Mexico, & the US.
Cherry is currently in LA, performing, recording, writing, teaching, and growing as a musician and individual. Cherry feels extremely blessed to be doing what she loves to do.

Cherry has performed and/or recorded with:

Wayne Vaughn (EWF)
Kurt Elling
Marty Allen
Seamus Blake
Brandino (Aretha Franklin)
Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton)
Moon Coin Productions
Temptations
Sheldon Fisher (Knuckleheads)
Brenda Cochrane
Domenick Allen (Foreigner)
Cedar Walton
Bill “The Buddha” Dickens
Karon- Kate Blackwell
Dita Von Teese
Mike Phillips (Prince)
Denzel Sinclair
Magic Transformation
Campbell Ryga
Jara Harris (Slapbak)
Brad Turner (Metalwood)
Chin Injeti (Bass is Bass)
Ed Thigpen
Kenny Wheeler
Bob Mintzer
Dapo Torimiro
Mickey Rooney
Fidgital
Neena Freelon
Sandra Lang
Parlour Steps
The Platters
Jack Trades (Prince)

 


Equipment

Tenor Sax
Selmer Super Balanced Action
Jody Jazz metal mpc
Rovner rubber ligature
Vandoren ZZ Jazz reeds

Alto Sax
Yamaha Alto Sax
Meyer hard rubber mpc
Vandoren optimum ligature
Vandoren ZZ Jazz reeds

Soprano Sax
Yamaha Soprano Sax
Lawton metal mpc
Vandoren blue box reeds

Flute
Yamaha Flute

Clarinet
Yamaha Clarinet

 

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