William John Evans was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly played in trios. His use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, “singing” melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1929, he was classically trained at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Mannes School of Music, where he majored in composition and received the Artist Diploma. In 1955, he moved to New York City, where he worked with bandleader and theorist George Russell. In 1958, Evans joined Miles Davis’s sextet, which in 1959, then immersed in modal jazz, recorded Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. During that time, Evans was also playing with Chet Baker for the album Chet.
|Birth name:||William John Evans|
|Born:||August 16, 1929, Plainfield, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Died:||September 15, 1980, New York City, New York|
|Genres:||Jazz, modal jazz, third stream, cool jazz, post-bop|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, Composer, Arranger|
|Labels:||Riverside, Verve, Fantasy|
|Associated acts:||George Russell, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Philly Joe Jones, Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian, Eddie Gómez, Marty Morell, Tony Bennett, Jim Hall, Stan Getz, Monica Zetterlund, Chet Baker|
|IMDb:||Bill Evans’s IMDb|
|Spotify:||Bill Evans’s Spotify|
|iTunes:||Bill Evans’s iTunes|
About Bill Evans
Known for his collaborations with Miles Davis in the 1980s and as a former member of the group Elements.
He was exposed to jazz at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago and studied artists like Dave Liebman.
He won his second Grammy Award for his 1968 album Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
He was married to Nenette Zazzara from 1973 until 1980.
He was a part of Miles Davis’ 1980s comeback on albums like The Man With the Horn.
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- Musicians from Plainfield, New Jersey
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- Modal jazz pianists
- Fantasy Records artists
- United States Army Band musicians
- Hard bop pianists
- Southeastern Louisiana University alumni
- Milestone Records artists
- Post-bop pianists
- Riverside Records artists
- Concord Records artists
- Verve Records artists
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners
- American jazz bandleaders
- American jazz composers
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