Bill Evans

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    April 11, 2014

    Jeff Bridges Abides, In or Out of Character

    When it comes to music, Jeff Bridges is not some dilettantish actor noodling around with a guitar. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, he and a friend would play hootenannys at L.A. clubs like Ledbetter's while still in high school. Years later, while filming the infamous 1980 western Heaven's Ga ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    25 More Legendary Houston Music Venues

    When Rocks Off published our choices for "Houston's Top 25 Closed Music Venues" back in July, we knew all along there would be a Part 2. We just didn't know how many were left. Today, after excavating the memories of 25 more, we're still probably not done. Please let us know what else we missed, an ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Bill Evans Leads UH Students On a Jazz Odyssey

    "Jazz is a language," Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Bill Evans said to a small crowd gathered inside the University of Houston's Moores School of Music Opera House green room Tuesday evening. He and Noe Marmolejo, the band director, were prefacing a night of music performed by the UH Jazz En ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Jazz Great Bill Evans Working at University of Houston Residency

    Bill Evans, the saxophonist who worked with Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra in the '80s and has explored the intersection of jazz and hip-hop on solo albums like Escape, will be working with University of Houston jazz students all week and perform with them at a concert next Tuesday, the un ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Tianna Hall, Singer of Sweet Songs

    Who? You could argue that Tianna Hall is the best jazz singer in all of Houston. I mean, you could argue against it too, but it's like arguing that the moon landing was faked. Her smoky voice is a fine mix of skill and improvised magic, and it's landed her on the Grammy nomination ballot three time ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    10 Great Hal David Lyrics: "Enough Germs to Catch Pneumonia"

    The music world truly lost one of the greats when songwriter Hal David passed away at age 91 following a stroke this past Saturday in Los Angeles. To borrow an old joke, the lyricist wasn't from the old school, he was from the school they tore down to build the old school: The artists who covered hi ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    The Roots Of Lionize: From Miles Davis To Led Zeppelin

    It's hard to find a band that reps Miles Davis in the same breath as much as they do Led Zeppelin, but Lionize are that band. Recording in Jamaica with Steel Pulse's Sidney Mills, supporting beardos like Kylesa, Clutch, and cKy? Yes, that's Lionize for you. Opening for Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Mother Earth Says, "Ha!"

    Photo by Yuri Shkoda Want proof of the butterfly effect? Okay, a volcano in Iceland erupts and half-way around the world, Houston arts organizations have to scramble.   Two highly anticipated concerts were forced to change their line-ups and one theatrical piece was rescheduled - tw ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Kind of Blue is 50

    According to a recent appreciation in Newsweek, if an American household has just one jazz record on the shelf, chances are it's Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. And we were thinking it was Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Kind of Blue contains only five tracks. B ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    Seven Jazz Icons Hit the Screen

    Compared to Deadheads, Beatles fans and the KISS Army, fans of classic '50s and '60s jazz are, admittedly, a small but extremely dedicated bunch. Somewhere out there is a middle-aged man (possibly with a beard) creaming his corduroys to discover tape of Miles Davis sneezing into the mike during a lo ... More >>

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    March 10, 2005

    Hand It to Herbie

    Houston's jazz-piano cats salute a giant in their field

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    December 26, 2002

    Roseanna Vitro

    Saturday, December 28

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    April 19, 2001

    Bill Evans Trio

    The Last Waltz: The Final Recordings Live at the Keystone Korner, September 1980 (Milestone)

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    December 28, 2000

    Various Artists

    The Complete Columbia Jazz Piano Moods Sessions (Mosaic Records)

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    October 19, 2000

    Against the Tide

    Pianist and former Houstonian Jason Moran refuses to flow with mainstream jazz

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    September 28, 2000

    Swing Time

    Shelly Berg learned jazz the hard way: He listened to the greats

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    September 28, 2000

    Channeling Music

    Tom Harrell

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    August 24, 2000

    Forgotten Lines

    Previously unissued recordings by the late David Catney set for fall release

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    March 23, 2000

    Key Ingredient

    Pianist Ahmad Jamal may have had a bigger impact on jazz than you think

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    February 10, 2000

    Boogie Nights

    The Groove Collective

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    January 13, 2000
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    July 29, 1999
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    July 15, 1999


    David Benoit

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    July 8, 1999
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    March 25, 1999
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    December 24, 1998
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    December 3, 1998
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    November 5, 1998
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    September 17, 1998
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    January 16, 1997
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    February 3, 1994

    English Renaissance

    Houston jazz keyboardist Paul English releases Beauty

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    January 6, 1994

    Folk Ways and Means

    Houston champion Don Sanders and Austin jazzman Tony Campise