Join Cascadia on Saturday, January 7th for a tribute for the late Bill Evans.
The late Bill Evans (1929-1980) is the mid-20th century’s pre-eminent lyrical jazz pianist. More than any other artist of his generation, he is known for complex extended harmony, subtle rhythmic nuance, and most of all, his superb depth of tone at the piano. His compositions are some of the most complicated in the standard jazz canon and are beloved across the spectrum of jazz styles. One critic suggested that Bill Evans’s influence on other jazz pianists is eclipsed only by that of McCoy Tyner.
This project—with Lynette Westendorf on piano, Dave Nolet on bass and Kirk Schumacher on drums—has been in rehearsal for several months. After one of Cascadia’s jazz jam sessions earlier this year, it was Dave who suggested the Evans tribute project. This trio—Westendorf, Nolet and Schumacher—hit it right off with the compositions of Bill Evans.
Lynette’s approach to playing Bill Evans is not to try to imitate him, but rather to use his compositions to explore their rich complexity with her fellow players, as well as to pay tribute to his contribution to the art of jazz. Evans’s well known works such as Waltz for Debby, Turn Out the Stars, Very Early, and many others will comprise the two-set event, sponsored by Cascadia Music.
DATE: Sat, Jan 7, 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. TICKETS: Advance tickets $20 or $140, table of six. At the door-tickets $25. Tickets or tables available to reserve at cascadiamusic.org. LOCATION: Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp, WA. CONTACT/INFO: cascadiamusic.org.