Harrison’s Jones Boys making big changes

As two new faces join the Jones Boys in the Copper Room, we met up with longtime-Harrison Hot Springs entertainer Charlie Young

The Jones Boys of today

The Jones Boys of today

Music has a way of transporting the listener through time and space. And as 92-year-old Charlie Young listens to an old recording, he all but abandons a conversation with a reporter, in favour of his fond memories.

His eyes focus on nothing but the past — as ghosts of the Big Band era produce a beautiful, jazz-infused symphony.

He’s not just listening to the music, he’s reliving it. The lifelong musician is no longer in his small apartment at Chilliwack’s Hampton House, but back in the recording studio — sax in hand, and about to hit all the right notes for an improvised finale.

“I keep my fingers crossed, because I know what’s coming at the end,” he says, remembering the moment with clarity.

Sure enough, as the music comes to a unfaltering saxophone crescendo, Young clenches his fists and leans even further toward his CD player. His eyes are wide, bright, and smiling along with the rest of him.

“You kinda get a nice feeling,” he says as the song ends, telling himself: “You did that.”

Young still plays everyday, and music has remained at the forefront of his life. That’s hardly a surprise for those who know Charlie Young, the saxophone player. For almost thirty years, Young was an integral part of the Jones Boyz, playing the Copper Room six nights a week.

“When we first started, you could only fit 17 or 18 people in the place,” he said. His first day there was November 17, 1956, about a year after his wife Mary starting playing the piano there.

Mary has since passed away, but the two shared “64 years of beautiful marriage,” starting way back in Glasgow.

In Harrison Hot Springs, and beyond, the Youngs are best known for their time in the Copper Room. That room has history, and those who come regularly expect a certain standard. The beauty and elegance of the dance floor, the hot pools outside providing a steady ambience, glowing green and steamy in the dark night. And the music. Standards that everyone knows and loves, and an amiable group of musicians providing the entertainment.

But this week, long-time Jones Boys Steve Perry and Read Smith will be retiring. Filling their shoes will be Trevor McDonald and Ernie Britton, joining Ian Putz and Jimm Taylor.

In Young’s apartment, the elder musician wishes his younger counterpart well, and reminds him of the significance of the band.

“Remember, the people who come to the Copper Room are a certain class of people,” Young tells McDonald, and have come to expect the best.

But he has no doubt that this new incarnation of the Jones Boyz will continue to make beautiful music together.

“You have all of this all in front of you,” he said.

The first night of the new Jones Boys is Tuesday, February 21. Hours vary throughout the week, with live music and dancing from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, and 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays. A dress code is adhered to at the Copper Room.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema, a member of the Canadian national women’s soccer squad.
Another scoreless draw for Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema and Canadian national women’s soccer squad

Canada played Brazil to a 0-0 tie days after doing the same in a friendly against the Czech Republic

FVRD surveyed public opinion on cannabis production and processing in the electoral areas. Odour and distance from residential areas were the top concerns. (Black Press file)
Cannabis production and processing rules being drafted by Fraser Valley Regional District

Data from public opinion survey will be used to guide cannabis-related land use

Robert Nelson, 35, died after being stabbed at a homeless camp in Abbotsford on April 7 of this year.
Mom pleads for information about son’s killing at Abbotsford homeless camp

Robert Nelson, 35, described as ‘man who stood for justice, honour, respect’

Police arrest the suspect in an attempted armed bank robbery on June 2 at the Scotiabank at Gladwin Road and South Fraser Way in Abbotsford. (Photo by Garry Amyot)
Abbotsford bank robbery suspect who was stopped by customers faces more charges

Neil Simpson now faces total of eight charges, up from the initial two

Black Press file photo.
COVID exposure recorded at Kent Elementary

Students, families encouraged to keep monitoring for symptoms

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Most Read