Bill Evans' Soulgrass featuring special guests Steve Kimock and Jeff Pevar
Tue, Jul 30 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes saxophonist Bill Evans with his band Soulgrass for three nights. Band members are Bill Evans (saxophone), Steve Kimock (guitar), Jeff Pevar (guitar), Josh Dion (drums), Dave Johnson (bass) and Ryan Cavanaugh (banjo). Show time Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm. Doors at 5:30pm.
Saxophonist Bill Evans first joined Miles Davis group in 1980 at the age of 22, and went on to record six records and tour the world with Davis numerous times over a four-year period. He then toured and recorded three CDs with John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and later played with Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Steps Ahead and Mick Jagger, among others, garnering a few Grammy Awards® along the way. The sax man has been touring almost exclusively with his own band since 1990, playing well over 100 concerts worldwide per year. He has recorded 19 solo CDs, including his latest, Dragonfly, and received two Grammy® nominations for his solo releases, one for Soul Insider (2002) and the other for Soulgrass (2006).
Throughout his more than 20-year career as a solo artist, saxophonist Bill Evans has explored a variety of musical settings that go well beyond the confines of traditional jazz, including rock, hip-hop, jam, fusion, reggae, Brazilian and slamming funk. Evans stepped into more adventurous territory with his 2006 Grammy®- nominated release Soulgrass, blending jazz, funk and bluegrass into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles. Follow up releases include The Other Side of Something, Van’s Joint, and most recently, Dragonfly.
Dragonfly features Evans (saxes, vocals); dynamic drummer and new lead singer Josh Dion; audience favorite Ryan Cavanaugh on banjo; Mitch Stein on guitars; Clifford Carter on keyboards; and Andy Hess on bass.
Four of the songs on Dragonfly were co-written with Josh Dion and have a distinct “rock-soul” edge. The bluegrass-inflected “Dirt Country Breakdown,” was co-written with Ryan Cavanaugh, the remaining four titles by Bill alone. As we’ve come to expect from an Evans’ release, several musical genres are covered and melded in ways that are both startling and compelling. On Dragonfly his sax and Cavanaugh’s banjo frequently propel thetunes as if lead guitars. On the torrid title track, the two instruments actually duel.
Special guest guitarist Steve Kimock (Phil Lesh and Friends, Bruce Hornsby, Kingfish, RatDog and more) and guitarist Jeff Pevar (Rickie Lee Jones, Phil Lesh and Friends, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship, Ray Charles and more) have been added to these three special nights!
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