The Gil Evans Centennial Celebration
: A Moment in Music History!
Monday, May 21, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
• Dinner menu available
• General Admission Seating
• First come, first seated
• $10 min/person at tables
• All ages
Featuring The Gil Evans Orchestra with special guests
Tonight at Highline Ballroom, The Gil Evans Orchestra will perform for the final event of a week of Gil Evans Centennial Celebrations, all honoring the legendary jazz arranger and composer (1912-1988). A seminal figure in the development of modal and cool jazz, as well as jazz fusion, Evans collaborated extensively with Miles Davis, notably on the trumpeter's albums Birth of the Cool (1957), Miles Ahead (1957), Porgy and Bess (1958), and Sketches of Spain (1960). Over the course of his storied career, he also worked with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, Astrud Gilberto, Jaco Pastorius, Maria Schneider, and a host of other legendary musicians. Read what DownBeat Magazine has written about Evans and his career Here.
The fabulous Gil Evans Orchestra, led by Miles Evans, Gil's son, includes several musicians who were long-term members of Gil's groups:
Saxophones: Chris Hunter, Billy Harper & Alex Foster
Trumpet: Lew Soloff, Jon Faddis & Miles Evans
French Horn: John Clark
Tuba: Howard Johnson & Bob Stewart
Trombone: Tom "Bones" Malone, David Bargeron, Dave Taylor & Conrad Herwig
Guitar: Ryo Kawasaki, Paul Metzke, Gabby Abularach & Oz Noy
Piano & Keyboards: Gil Goldstein
Keyboards: Delmar Brown
Bass: Mark Egan
Drums: Kenwood Dennard
In addition, the show tonight will feature performances by special guests Jimmy Cobb, Airto Moreira, Lenny White, Will Lee, John Simon, Matthew Garrison, and others. Paul Shaffer will act as the master of ceremonies for a program that will includes surprise speakers, vocalists, and music ranging from Hendrix and Jaco to the classics. Come join us for a historic night!