Bill Evans won many awards and polls for his recordings. The Grammy Awards (Gramophone Awards) are named for the trophy: a small, gilded gramophone statuette. The awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States for outstanding achievements in the record industry. He won the award seven times and was nomitated thirty-one times for a Grammy Award. In 1958 Bill Evans is chosen New Star pianist in the Downbeat International Jazz Critics Poll. Later he won six times the Down Beat Critics Polls (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968 and the Hall Of Fame in 1981) and the Down Beat Readers Poll in 1964. Bill Evans was also distinguished posthumously. Moreover he won outside the United States several music awards. in 2010 the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry honors Bill Evans with the box set The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings: Bill Evans Trio. All five sets performed by the Bill Evans Trio on June 25, 1961, at the Village Vanguard club in New York City were recorded, resulting in what are recognized as some of the greatest live recordings in the history of jazz.
Conversations With Myself
Japanese Swing Journal Award
English Melody Maker Award
Scandinavian Edison Award
Southeastern Louisiana University
Distinguished Alumnus Award
At The Montreux Jazz Festival
Dutch Edison Music Award
At The Montreux Jazz Festival
The Bill Evans Album
I Will Say Goodbye
We Will Meet Again
Down Beat Critics Poll: Hall of Fame
Bill Evans lifetime recordings
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
German Record Critics’ Award (nominated)
The Grammy Award winning album for the best jazz instrumental performance group We Will Meet Again (Warner Bros. 1980), find Bill Evans and his rhythm section drummer Joe La Barbera and bassist Marc Johnson in the company of a young trumpeter Tom Harrell and saxophonist and flutist Larry Schneider.
Bill Evans shakes hands with actor, singer and songwriter Bobby Darin and poses his trophy as he receives his Grammy Award for The Bill Evans Album, best jazz performance of a group (Madison Square Garden, New York, 3/14/1972).
Gene Lees was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album Notes for the Stan Getz & Joo Gilberto album and Bill Evans for his Conversations With Myself.
Gene Lees remembers:
“We were both nominated for Grammy awards that year, Bill for Conversations with Myself. He had nothing appropriate to wear to the banquet. As it happened, I was storing a closet full of clothes for Woody Herman, one of the dapper dressers in the history of the business. There was a particularly well-made blue blazer which, to Bill’s surprise and mine, fit him perfectly. So he donned it. Just before we were to leave, I turned somehow and spilled a drink in his lap. Fortunately there was another pair of slacks that fit him. We picked up Helen and went to the banquet. And I managed to repeat the trick: I turned and spilled another drink in his lap. He said, “Man, are you trying to tell me something?” At that moment, they called his name. Bill picked up his Grammy for Conversations very wet”.