December 16, 2019

2019 Wrap-up | Blues, Miles & Beyond @ The Blue Note Tokyo, April 2020

Hello friends, fans, and the curious –
 

2019 was an especially great year for me. I met and played with some great musicians.

I was in Japan celebrating my 30th anniversary of playing the Blue Note there, with an amazing band consisting of Robben Ford, Keith Carlock and James Genus. I toured with my new band The “Spykillers!” with Wolfgang Haffner who was a sheer joy to tour with. Great vibes and great music! Gary Grainger, Claus Fischer and Simon Oslender. Thank you!

I met and played with, for the first time, the incredible singer Max Mutzke from Germany as well as the legendary singer Thomas Quasthoff. With Thomas, we  played to sold out shows in Philharmonic style Halls in Germany and Austria. I feel blessed to have these incredible experiences with such great musicians. I had some super moments with Nils Landgren. He’s amazing.

I’m recording another CD this January 2020 in Nashville, with Robben Ford, Keith Carlock and Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones, Sting, Madonna). We will debut it in Japan this coming April. I have a lot more to come, but I’ll get to it another time.  Oh yeah, another Spykiller CD will be in the works as well. This time in the studio.

It’s a crazy time in the world. Let’s try to remember that the Truth is golden. and yes, it DOES make a difference. HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! -Bill Evans

September 20, 2019

JAZZ RE-IMAGINED: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY

The SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA is joined by Bill Evans on a musical expedition across America from north to south, east to west and all points in-between. Along the way, jazz meets up with bluegrass, soul, funk and fusion to make a beautiful noise on a road trip to remember. 

Long-time SNJO collaborator Bill Evans is well known for conducting experimental marriages between firmly established but quite distinct forms of American music. His portmanteau projects have included such unlikely bedfellows as soul and bluegrass, and jazz and country music. Here he is reunited with the SNJO to perform a new programme of wild-at-heart, cross-genre music in the true spirit of the west. It may sound a little like a shotgun wedding to the ears of conservative purists, but the music is guaranteed to raise the bar high for courageous modern music.

FRI, 27 SEP 2019 | EDINBURGH at Queen’s Hall

SAT, 28 SEP 2019 | GLASGOW at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (New Auditorium)

SUN, 29 SEP 2019 | ABERDEEN at Aberdeen Music Hall

August 5, 2019

Amazing August 4th in Nuremberg, Germany

I was honored to take part in an amazing concert put together by drummer (and fellow Spykiller!) Wolfgang Haffner.
I was privileged to play some of my songs with a german All-Star Big Band, as well as play with an amazing singer, Max Mutzke.
I met and heard the awesome Thomas Quasthoff, whom I will guest with for three concerts this November in Europe.

Playing in front of 75,000 people!!!

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July 13, 2019

Video: Bill Evans & The Spykillers! – Live @ Bucharest Jazz Festival, 07/07/2019

Thank you unnamed YouTube uploader!

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July 8, 2019

Spykillers! Review & Facebook Page

Photo: Opus / Wolf Peter Steinheisser

Some more news on the Spykillers! front – a great review of our recent show in Stuttgart from the Stuttgarter-Zeitung website (English translation below) & a new Facebook Page for the Bill Evans & The Spykillers!

Enthusiasm in the Bix

The Spykillers!, a band around the US saxophonist Bill Evans and the German drummer Wolfgang Haffner, have brought the Festival Jazz Open a first climax. Actually it should be no surprise that the most spectacular concerts of the festival Jazz Open take place at the smallest venue: in the Jazzclub Bix. And yet, it’s amazing how fresh and lively Bill Evans and the Spykillers are blasting fusion jazz out there on Friday in front of a packed house – this evening is already one of the highlights of the Stuttgart concert year. But the cast speaks for it: The US saxophonist Bill Evans (61, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock,Soulgrass , 25 solo CDs ), not related to the eponymous pianist, is an elegant, sometimes impulsive lyric poet and tells in motives, themes and completely free Soloexkursen of the dramas of life; the German world-class drummer Wolfgang Haffner (53, Peter Herbolzheimer, Chaka Khan, Passport) constantly string together small pieces of art without ever losing sight of the rich groove; and vibrant e-bassist Gary Grainger (64, John Scofield, Dennis Chambers) pumps and slaps and backs up second voices under Evans’s floating narrative. Immense joy of playing But the fourth man turns out to be a surprise bag: Simon Oslender (21), a 21-year old from Aachen, on the Hammond organ. When the usual sauna temperatures in Bix – question to the city: When finally comes the air conditioning? – He never just plays notes, melodies or chords, but lets the clouds of sound blossom and pass great themes while tasting the characteristic gargling and wheezing of his B3. The German-American quartet unfolds immense joy of playing, especially when it becomes particularly complicated in tricky odd rhythms and the musicians make it sound particularly easy. Clever dramatic twists and turns make for a thoroughly tense evening, such as when Evans singing at the grand piano in a husky voice asks: “Where is my soul?” The Americana number is called “Bones from the Ground” and should be included on a soon to be released album. Until then, there is the CD “Live Down Under”, but only exclusively with the artists themselves, who have much to sign after the concert – enthusiastic Stuttgart make a long line in front of the stall.

See ya on the road!

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June 28, 2019

Announcement: Spykillers! Pre-Release

A limited number of pre-release copies of “Spykillers! –  Live Down Under” will be available at our Spykillers! concerts in Europe this July.

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June 27, 2019

PreOrder New Album: The Sun Room | Stream Single “Insomnia”

Stream the first track from The Sun Room – “Insomnia” :

Rarely, but every now and then, like-minded musicians get together to create something that transcends musical boundaries yet can reach a wider audience. To me, the music we created on “The Sun Room” is timeless. I love blues, jazz, soul, funk and this CD has all of it, performed at the highest level. I couldn’t be happier with this recording. The vibe was so great during this recording process that it was just a joy to be a part of. Well done, guys. Let’s do it again!

Pre-order “The Sun Room” here

“The Sun Room” album will be released on July 26th via earMUSIC as a CD Digipak and Digital.

Tracklist

01. Star Time
02. Catch A Ride
03. Big Mama
04. Gold On My Shoulder
05. Pixies
06. Something In The Rose
07. Insomnia
08. Strange Days
09. Bottle Opener