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  CMT.com : Bill Evans : Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Nowadays, Evans seems to be immune from criticism, but there was a time when he was accused of not being able to swing, or pilloried for an "effete" approach to jazz that was alien to its African sources.
Though Evans left the band that autumn, exhausted by pressured expectations and anxious to form his own group, he was deeply involved in the planning and execution of Davis' epochal Kind of Blue album in 1959, contributing ideas about mood, structure, and modal improvisation, and collaborating on several of the compositions.
Evans returned to the scene as a leader in December 1958 with the album Everybody Digs Bill Evans, which included the famous "Peace Piece," a haunting vamp for solo piano that sounds like a long-lost Satie Gymnopedie.
www.cmt.com /artists/az/evans_bill/bio.jhtml   (1204 words)

 Bill Evans - Improvisation concepts
BILL EVANS was born in Plainfield New Jersey on the 16th of August 1929.
Evans improvisation concept was that each phrase should be connected to the previous one, which led to a development of the initial motif that was manipulated and increased in complexity as the choruses progressed.
Evans usage of 3, 4 and 5-note voicing was typical in the seventies, in the sixties however he used 2 note voicing on fast tunes (Bud Powel influence).
www.danpapirany.com /billevans.htm   (5126 words)

 Bill Evans: 1929-1980
Bill Evans, one of the most influential and tragic figures of the post-bop jazz piano, was known for his highly nuanced touch, the clarity of the feeling content of his music and his reform of the chord voicing system pianists used.
Bill Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1929, of a devout Russian Orthodox mother and an alcoholic father of Welsh origins, who managed a golf course.
Evans abandoned roots almost entirely to develop a system in which the chord is expressed as a quality identity and a color, with the root being left to the bass player, or to the left hand on another beat of the measure, of just left implied.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=14599   (6000 words)

 Bill Evans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bill Evans was born to a mother of Rusyn ancestry and a father of Welsh descent, in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Evans finally settled on Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums.
In 1974, Bill Evans recorded a multi-movement jazz concerto specifically written for him by Claus Ogerman entitled "Symbiosis", originally released on the MPS Records label.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bill_Evans   (1869 words)

 CD Baby: BILL EVANS: Bill Evans Plays Banjo
Bill Evans has created an instrumental masterpiece and the only problem is that the title "Bill Evans Plays Banjo," is only half the story.
Evans manages to compose and play music that is readily embraced by traditionalists, but also appeals to progressive newgrass-types, a rare ability.
Then there was the morning back in 1980 that his wife-to-be heard on the local radio station that Bill Evans had died (luckily for her, that was the Bill Evans who played piano).
cdbaby.com /cd/billevans   (602 words)

 Bill Evans Trio: At The Village Vanguard ---Ink Blot Magazine
Evans' expressive piano work inspired a whole generation of players who appreciated his unique harmonic approach, his introspective lyricism, and his unhurried improvisation.
Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian had been playing together for nearly two years, and of course, no one assumed that their unique partnership would end when LaFaro was killed in a highway accident a mere 10 days later.
Evans was an incredibly lyrical pianist, but he had the ability to be forceful and ambitious as well.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/billevans1.htm   (362 words)

 The Bill Evans Webages - An Evans Biography
Evans' health was deteriorating, however, though he insisted on working until he finally had to cancel midweek during an engagement at Fat Tuesday's in New York.
While Evans was open to new musical approaches that would not compromise his musical and artistic vision -- such as his occasional use of electric piano, and his brief associations with avant-garde composer George Russell -- he always insisted on the purity of the song structure and the noble history of the jazz tradition.
In his short life, Bill Evans was a prolific and profoundly creative artist and a genuinely compassionate and gentle man, often in the face of his recurring health problems and his restless nature.
www.billevanswebpages.com /billbio.html   (813 words)

 NPR's Jazz Profiles: Bill Evans
Bill Evans is one to the most influential pianists in modern jazz.
Born William John Evans on August 16, 1929 in Plainfield, New Jersey, Bill was fascinated by music -- even as a toddler, he would eavesdrop on his older brother's piano lessons.
Bill Evans' career was cut short by poor health, aggravated by his addiction to cocaine, and he died in 1980 at the age of 51.
www.npr.org /programs/jazzprofiles/archive/evans_b.html   (612 words)

 On An Overgrown Path: Ligeti's Etudes fit the Bill
Evans knew he was on the edge, and he wanted to leave his definitive version of Nardis before he went over.
It is a mark of the importance of Bill Evans that Gyorgy Ligeti cited him as one of the influences on his seminal Etudes for solo piano.
Bill Evans carried heavy emotional baggage through his 51 years.
theovergrownpath.blogspot.com /2005/08/ligetis-etudes-fit-bill.html   (1060 words)

 About Bill Evans
Professor Evans holds a BA in English, a BA equivalent in ballet and an MFA in Modern Dance, all from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Bill Evans received the National Dance Education Organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts in 2001, and the Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award for Excellence in Dance in 1997 and 2003.
Bill Evans is an active advocate for dance and currently serves on the board of the National Dance Education Organization.
www.billevansdance.org /bio.htm   (1777 words)

 Bill Evans, ,jazzpianist, 'Time Remembered'
Bill Evans had to go in the army and played flute in the Fifth Army Band.
Bill Evans was a quiet revolutionary whose Bud Powell, Ravel and Chopin based pianisms introduced a more florid way of playing ballads.
Bill Evans recorded extensively for Riverside, Fantasy, Verve and Warner Bros. In 1981, Evans was elected by the critics into the Down Beat 'Hall of Fame'.
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 Jazz Artist Biography - Bill Evans@ jazzreview.com
Mile Davis has described young saxophonist Bill Evans as "One of the greatest musicians I've ever come upon" - praise indeed from a master musician and a suitable endorsement for one of the music's most original, inventive and exciting new entrants.
In 1985, Bill Evans' growing stature in jazz was confirmed when he became one of the first new musicians to be recorded by the reawakened Blue Note Label.
In 1994, Evans was one of first jazz artists to experiment with hip-hop on his CDs and in live performances.
www.jazzreview.com /articledetails.cfm?ID=167   (532 words)

 Rifftides: Doug Ramsey on jazz and other matters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Evans is part of jazz today because he is woven into the concept of nearly every pianist who followed him, and of many who were established when he became an important player in the second half of the 1950s.
Hearing the new Riverside box set of the Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard in 1961, it is easy to imagine that he is still with us.
Among important jazz trios in the twenty first century, adaptations of the Evans approach to performance are the rule, not the exception.
www.artsjournal.com /rifftides/archives/2005/09/bill_evans_alwa.html   (1695 words)

 Amazon.com: Everybody Digs Bill Evans: Music: Bill Evans Trio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Spurred by a rhythm section of bassist Sam Jones and drummer Philly Joe Jones, Bill Evans shows amazing versatility on these sides: his playing on "Minority," "Night and Day," and "Oleo" is surprisingly robust and even bluesy at times--certainly not adjectives usually associated with the cool pianist.
Bill could often be very tidy and preprogrammed but when he did odd things like this he really showed his unique depth.
At the same time, Bill's lines are etched in bolder relief than is the case on the recordings of the later, more impressionistic and democratic trios.
www.amazon.com /Everybody-Digs-Bill-Evans-Trio/dp/B000000Y47   (1894 words)

 NativeAndFine - All About Bill
Bill Evans String Summit includes Scott Nygaard on guitar; Cindy Browne on bass; Tashina Clarridge on fiddle; Tristan Clarridge on fiddle and cello; and Michael Witcher on dobro.
Bill also performs with the contemporary bluegrass band Due West featuring Jim Nunally on guitar, Erik Thomas on mandolin, Tashina Clarridge on fiddle and Cindy Browne on acoustic bass.
Bill was the founder/leader of the 1980’s progressive bluegrass band Cloud Valley, based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, that also included bass player Missy Raines and mandolin player Steve Smith.
www.nativeandfine.com /AllAboutBill.htm   (1202 words)

 Bill Evans Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell, recorded on November 28, 1969 at the RAI Building, Amsterdam.
Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez, and Marty Morell recorded live at the Casino de Montreux in Switzerland, June 19, 1970.
Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell, recorded December 17, 1972 at ORTF Studios, Paris.
www.glennslayden.com /BillEvans/collection.htm   (944 words)

 Selected Bill Evans Discography/Notes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Both Evans and guitarist Jim Hall were professors at the Lenox School of Music in Massachusetts, and their talents are well matched on this album.
Bill Evans Trio With Symphony Orchestra (1965): This album is an interesting showcase for the pianist’s classical influences.
Keeping up with the times, Evans had agreed to explore the possibilities of the Fender Rhodes on several albums, though he disliked how the sensitivity of the Rhodes made him less familiar with the touch of acoustic pianos.
www.kkjz.org /home/kkjz_news/pages/billEvans.shtml   (1545 words)

 Bill Evans: The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
From the loam of Bill Evans emerged pianists Alan Broadbent, Lynne Arriale, Jessica Williams, James Williams, Fred Hersch, and on and on and on.
Evans, the subject of this epistle well represented on compact disc in both the studio and live settings.
Evans’ experience with Davis would yield the Evans’ composition “Blue in Green” and the adoption of several Davis compositions into the pianist’s book (I cite “Solar” and “Milestones” from the Vanguard sessions).
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=19577   (1957 words)

 The BILL EVANS Webpages - Bill Evans, jazz piano
This work is simply from the heart of one who has a long-standing love for Bill Evans' transcendent music - one who is also a pianist, and was fortunate to have known him briefly in his last few years.
The transcript of the post -concert interview Bill did with a Norweigan TV reporter was transcribed and you can read it here on our website.
The webmaster (a pianist) has studied many Evans solo transcriptions, and various transcriptions by both amateurs and professionals are available on the Web.
www.billevanswebpages.com   (1121 words)

 CD Baby: DAVE ASKREN TRIO: Re: Bill Evans
...Bill Evans' piano style on guitar...the guitar is capable of far fewer notes than the piano in a given voicing...resulting in a mimimalistic sound that still retains the overall intent and character of the original...
...Evans showed his influences from the Romantic and Impressionistic schools of classical music with this piece, (Re Person I Knew) which consists entirely of a C pedal with a variety of shifting harmonies above...
Jazzreview.com, November, 2002..."Re: Bill Evans" is the kind of tribute album that is deserving of its own high regard...
www.cdbaby.com /cd/daveaskrentrio   (811 words)

 Bill Evans News
Not since the days in the 60's when Bill Evans and Jim Hall were producing piano/guitar duets, has there been a more perfect musical match with those instruments than the combination of...
Forty-five years after Bill Evans at the Vanguard, you'd think the possibilities of the mainstream piano trio had been exhausted.
In the notes for Bill Evans: The Secret Sessions, I observed of certain Free Jazz or New Thing players, The movement did attract a fair number of poseurs enchanted by the idea of playing music without having...
www.topix.net /who/bill-evans   (697 words)

William John Evans, born Aug. 16, 1929, died September 15, 1980, is the most influential jazz pianist since Art Tatum and Bud Powell.
Win Hinkle and the Bill Evans Jazz Resource would like to thank Southeastern Louisiana University for its help in hosting this web site.
Bill Evans received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from SLU.
www.selu.edu /34skid/body_index.html   (197 words)

 Bill Evans - Austin Homes for Sale - Austin Houses for Lease - Austin Property Management
For more information, please contact Bill Evans at (512)797.7587.
Bill negotiated a great price and explained everything.
Everyone we know works with Bill when it comes to Austin real estate.
www.billevans.com   (110 words)

 Welcome To Bill Evans Dance
Bill Evans Summer Dance Intensive, Port Townsend, WA
Bill Evans is a performer, teacher, choreographer, lecturer, administrator, movement analyst, writer, adjudicator and consultant with a uniquely varied and comprehensive background of experiences and accomplishments.
Bill Evans is frequently available for solo performances and for choreographic and/or teaching residencies with professional or pre-professional modern dance, ballet or tap dance companies or with high school, college or university dance departments
www.billevansdance.org   (147 words)

 Bill Evans Bio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Bill Evans, who is not related to the pianist with the same name, started playing piano at age 6 and added the clarinet at age 11.
He played locally in New York during the late 70s - with Joanne Brackeen, Thad Jones, Art Blakey and the group "Elements"(led by Pat Metheny's early rhythm section Danny Gottlieb and Mark Egan).
Bill Evans & Push Live in Europe (LIP 89029)
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 Bill Evans- Woodturning Artist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
, Nebraska, Bill served a two year active tour of duty with the army before settling down in south central Kansas.
ill Evans soon took to horses and horses took to Bill.
ill Evans is well known by his fellow wood turners in the Northeastern Oklahoma Woodturners Association for
www.artsintulsa.com /bill-evans.htm   (160 words)

 Bill Evans Music Page
As a classmate of mine at Righetti High School, (we both graduated class of '67), Billy was incredible on the keyboards and on the surfboards as well.
After Something Wild broke up, one of our major gigs with the remaining players and a few new ones was on Sunday, October 30th, 1966 which was billed as a Holloween concert at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
Some of my generation and closest friends didn't make it because of the wasting effect of this scourge on their bodies and minds.
www.evans-family.com /bills.htm   (2797 words)

 Bill Evans - AOL Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Exclusive CDs of Bill Evans, with interviews, archives, articles, and memoirs.
Bill Evans was born to a mother of Rusyn ancestry and a father of Welsh descent,...
Download, listen and watch Bill Evans music, mp3's, song lyrics, music videos, Internet radio, live performances, concerts, and more on AOL Music.
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