May 26, 2018

RECAP: Bill Evans and Petite Blonde 2 European Tour (Spring 2018)

(Photo locations, clockwise from top left: Oslo, Norway | Lubin, Poland | Berlin, Germany | Ourense, Spain | London, England)

Hello Everyone!

I’m back from my “Bill Evans and Petite Blonde II” tour of Europe. 20 concerts in 23 days! Sold out venues. I cant remember when I had more fun on tour! We couldn’t wait to play every night, and a gig every night is just about what we did.

Here are some thoughts, in random order as they come to me. The first thing that comes to mind is that everyone in the band is a great person first and foremost. They are people you truly want to hang out with and who don’t have some crazy, whacked out ego side to their personality haha! :) None of that here!

I wrote all new music for this tour and everyone killed it! I had a blast singing as well. I look at vocals just like another instrument in the band. Another sound. If you’re not growing and pushing yourself, then you’re going backwards.

Ulf Wakenius, guitar. Incredible lines, fresh, and a joy to play with. Gary Grainger, bass – insane grooves. No one grooves harder with Dennis. They are like one person when they’re playing together. Dennis Chambers, drums. I’ve never heard him better! He has his own feel on drums. He pushed me and inspired me to push my playing forward. It felt so good with this rhythm section that you could really let yourself go.

Paris: I loved seeing a long line outside the club hours before they opened the doors. Our sound man, Richard Leutner had a birthday that day. We surprised him onstage!

Tallinn, Estonia: Great warm crowd and great stage vibe. Love it there!

Ronnie Scotts: Classic venue. Sold out months in advance. We had fun playing 2 nights there and grooving in London.

Milan, Italy: I feel very at home at the Blue Note (venue). I love Italy. The club is one of the finest in the world, I kid you not.

Spain: Always killer audiences who really want to hear you ROCK. We did. Hard! Thousands of people showed up for an outdoor gig. It doesn’t get better than that!

These are just a few thoughts. We played more venues with more awesome experiences as well! (Berlin, thanks again. Great venue!)

Thanks again for everyone who turned out for these concerts. To those who didn’t… your loss. hahahaha just kidding, hope to see you all soon!!!

Best!

Bill Evans

May 3, 2018

Petite Blonde II Tour: Sold Out!

Line @ New Morning Club, Paris.

Talk about a smashing success! The Petite Blonde II tour has packed every venue so far, selling out both nights at famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. The band are all having a blast and you can hear it in every note. A huge thank you from Bill and everyone in the band to everyone who came out, lined up, and grooved the night away. We still have Sweden, Italy and Spain to go – check out our tour dates for more info.

Thanks to Valentin Dumontier for this pretty stellar recording (below) from the New Morning in Paris, FR. Enjoy!

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February 25, 2018

Steps Ahead meets Soulbop | February 27 – March 3, 2018

It starts on Feb 27th, see ya there!

January 24, 2018

Tour News: Petite Blonde II – 25th Anniversary – Spring 2018

In 1992 I had the idea to put together a band of like minded musicians and do my first big solo tour of Europe. The Music was to be a “no holds barred” approach to performing live. Pure energy mixed with contemporary ideas.

I called this Band “Petite Blonde”. Dennis Chambers, Victor Bailey, Chuck Loeb, and Mitchel Forman. We recorded a live CD called “Petite Blonde” during this tour.

I’ve formed a new band to tour once again under the same premise. No holds barred. Petite Blonde II is: Bill Evans, Ulf Wakenius, Dennis Chambers and Gary Granger. The tour dates are up with a couple more coming soon. See you on the road!

January 24, 2018

Stream: Kris Myers w/ guests Live at Moroccan Lounge 11/12/17

### Band ###
Kris Myers (drums) – Umphrey’s McGee
Bill Evans (saxophonist) (sax) – Miles Davis, SoulGrass
Jason Hann (percussion) – The String Cheese Incident, Eoto
Hadrien Feraud (bass) – John McLaughlin, Chick Corea
Marcus Rezak (guitar) – Shred is Dead, FrankenZaps Monster
Ben “Smiley” Silverstein (keys) – The Main Squeeze
Rashawn Ross – Trumpet (Dave Matthews Band)


Set 1
River People
Hip Pockets (Billy Cobham/George Duke Band)
15 steps
Akimbo
Sing A Simple Song
Rattletrap

Set 2
Relax
Dixie Hop
Jealous Guy
Tit for Tat
Snap Dragon

Encore
Actual Proof

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January 20, 2018

Bill Evans with the Leslie ManDoki Soulmates All-Star Concert

In celebration of the 2018 GRAMMY Week, and to benefit the MusiCares Foundation, Leslie Mandoki plays with his band “ManDoki Soulmates”, a supergroup of musical icons and Grammy-winning artists, sophisticated progressive rock music combined with modern jazz for the first time in New York.

Performers scheduled to appear include Nick Van Eede (Cutting Crew), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Cory Henry, Till Bronner, Klaus Doldinger (Doldinger’s Passport), Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Julia Mandoki, John Helliwell (Supertramp) and Mark Hart (Supertramp).

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October 17, 2017

Saxophone Improvisation

Do you want to learn how to improvise? I can show you!

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