This comprehensive site of jazzpianist and teacher Jan Stevens from the New Jersey area is dedicated to the life and music of pianist and composer Bill Evans with updated news, CD and DVD reviews, essays and articles, complete recording catalogs, interviews, sidemen info, sound and biography. This beautiful site is for personal reasons of the webmaster sadly temporarily no longer updated.
The Official Website of The Estate of Bill Evans. Over 1000+ pages of materials, bound into four massive compendiums. Handwritten music notation, leadsheets, personal letters & postcards, notes, art, scribblings, and more.
Bill Evans Memorial Library (new address)
Brian Hennessey (died September 4, 2014), United Kingdom, friend of Bill Evans over 18 years, has a huge collection of interviews, notations, transcriptions, audio and video. This beautiful site was for health reasons of the webmaster sadly out of the air but has now a new address.
INTERVIEWS WITH BILL EVANS
Ted O’Reilly: Vol.2 No.3 (1991)
Ross Porter: Vol.4 No.4 (1993)
Don Bacon: Vol.5 No.2 (1994)
Francois Postif: Vol.5 No.4 (1994)
Les Tomkins (1965)
Steve Hillis (1980)
Jean-Louis Ginibre (1965)
Marian McPartland (1979)
Ross Porter: JazzFM91 (1979)
This Quiet Fire (Michael Conklin about Bill Evans)
Win’s Bill Evans Blog (Win Hinkle)
Bill Evans Blog (A Complete Discography Project)
Jazz Profiles (Bill Evans)
Jazz Wax (Marc Myers)
Jazz.com (Ted Gioia)
Riftides (Doug Ramsey)
The Bill Evans Webpages (Bill Evans discography)
New-York Jazz (Bill Evans Session Index)
Bill Evans Memorial Library (Performances)
Jazz Discography Project (Bill Evans)
Glenn Slayden: Bill Evans Collection
BILL EVANS VIDEO
BILL EVANS TRIO SIDEMEN
View the TIMELINE for a complete survey of the bassists and drummers of the Bill Evans trio from 1956 to 1980.
Philly Joe Jones
Joe La Barbera
“Everybody Digs Bill Evans” releases on analog vinyl EP (Extended Playing Record)
“Everybody Digs Bill Evans” (1958), was his second album for Riverside as a leader. It was a trio date, recorded with Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Indeed, everybody digs Bill Evans, as approved by the statements of Miles Davis, George Shearing and Cannonball Adderley on the cover. The album was released after an exhausted touring periode with the Miles Davis Sextet. Apparently still influenced by Bud Powell, his playing has not the later sound of the classic “first trio” line-up with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro during the celebrated Village Vanguard sessions. The album has a songlist with varied tempos, rhythms and programming. For a couple of numbers Evans had the space to himself with as highlight “Peace Piece”. This modest and ultimately quiet “Peace Piece,” is a timeless, meditational, reverent, pastoral improvisation that is more a mood than a composition. In 1958 Riverside released also 2 EP’s from the full album. EP means Extended Playing Record, a term from the days of vinyl recording like LP as a Long Playing Record. An EP or 45-rpm record is 7” in diameter, typically has one or two songs per side with maybe 20 minutes of music. The EP “Peace Piece” had two tracks: ”Peace Piece,” one of the most popular recordings of Evans’ career and “Young and Foolish”. The other EP “Minority” had three tracks: “Minority”, Lucky to be me” and “Tenderly”. The album has been 20 or 24-bit digitally remastered from the master tape several times, like the reissues in the Orrin Keepnews Collection and as an audiophile extended resolution compact disc (XRCD) by JVC.
“Letter To Evan” manuscript
The first bar of the authentic manuscript of the score of “Letter To Evan” with lyrics and music by Bill Evans, dedicated as a musical love note to his son Evan for his 4th birthday. The score has been published in 1980 in the French jazz magazine “Le Jazzophone” combined with an interview with the late Francis Paudras, a friend of Bill Evans and Bud Powell. In 1979 he performed it for the first time in L’Espace Cardin in Paris with Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. The concert was released by Electra Musician as “The Paris Concert, edition two”: