05/16/2012 20:00, Atlas Performing Arts Center
Composer/arranger Gil Evans was influential in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz and jazz fusion, working with icon Miles Davis on a series of highly praised albums including “Porgy and Bess” and “Sketches of Spain” and working with his own groups. His early career includes work with Claude Thornhill’s Orchestra, the Miles Davis Nonet and after 1957, a series of projects under his own name, featuring Steve Lacy, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Cleveland, and Kenny Burrell as featured soloists. He worked with artists outside jazz, most notably David Bowie, Sting and the Police, and a recording of music by Jimi Hendrix. From 1984 until his death in 1988, Evans led a Monday night big band at New York City jazz club Sweet Basil. ATLAS presents Evans’ music with several ensembles including nonet, tentet, big band, and jazz orchestra.
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