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 university announced this morning.

Noted for his improvisational skills, Evans has been on campus since yesterday as part of the Vacek Jazz Artist Residency program, which brings visiting artists to UH's Moores School of Music twice a year. Today he will be delivering a lecture on John Coltrane and holding rehearsals with the school's Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo; a full schedule is at this link.

Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 16, the concert will included Evans' works like "Cool Eddie," "Soulgrass," "Let's Pretend," and Woody Herman tribute "Woody's Gold Star," according to a UH press release. Tickets are $12 or $7 for students and seniors, and available at 713-743-3313 or music.uh.edu.

Evans began playing with Miles Davis in 1980 at age 22 and appeared on Davis' albums such as The Man With the Horn and We Want Miles. Primarily a solo artist since 1990, he has worked with a cornucopia of musicians, including Dave Grusin, Willie Nelson and Mick Jagger.

More recently Evans collaborated with some of the top names in bluegrass (Bela Fleck, Sam Bush) for his "Soulgrass" project, which yielded the albums Soul Grass and The Other Side of Something. His most recent album, Dragonfly, features a collaboration with Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band.

This Evans is not related to the legendary pianist and composer who appeared on Davis' Kind of Blue and recorded the Grammy-winning album Conversations With Myself. That Evans died in 1980.

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