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

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

Lagoon improvements, but no safety audit recommendations, coming to Harrison

The lagoon will see electrical upgrades, a new flag pole and fencing, but no life jackets or signs

UFV introduces first mindfulness graduate program in Canada

Most of the University of the Fraser Valley program is offered online

All child porn charges against Chilliwack realtor dismissed

Meissner’s computers contained ‘miniscule’ amount of content normally found on offenders’ devices

Mounties hunt for missing Langley man

The public has been asked to help locate David Grainger, last seen on March 19

B.C. Wildfire crews respond to Sts’ailes, Morris Valley fires

A fire at the First Nation and a grass fire in Mission sent smoke across the valley Wednesday

Harrison Hot Springs students bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life

The adaption of Shakespeare’s classic comedy include songs and phrases from Canada’s east coast

Vancouver Giant named to Western Conference first-tier all-star team

Young hockey defenceman Bowen Byram is once again lauded for his outstanding efforts on the ice

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Punching Parkinson’s in the Fraser Valley

Rock Steady Boxing program, designed to help battle symptoms of Parkinson’s, coming to Abbotsford in April

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Most Read