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

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!

February 29, 2016

The Stern/Evans Band feat. Darryl Jones & Dennis Chambers is headed to Europe!

Mike Stern and Bill Evans

The Stern/Evans Band feat. Darryl Jones & Dennis Chambers is headed to Europe in July! We’re going to play some great (big!) festivals this summer and couldn’t be more excited to go! As soon as all the dates are finalized we’ll add them to my “Tour Dates” page, Facebook and Twitter etc :)

June 16, 2014

Photos: Bill Evans and Mike Stern feat. Tom Kennedy and Dennis Chambers @ Iridium – 6/14/14

Iridium Marquee with Bill Evans

Before heading off to Japan, Canada and all across Europe, The Evans/Stern Band feat. Tom Kennedy and Dennis Chambers put on 6 shows in 3 nights at NYC’s famous Iridium Jazz Club. Here are some photos from the show on June 14th, 2014. Enjoy!