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

March 12, 2019

New Album – The Sun Room

I’m very pleased to announce the release of my latest project, this time with Robben Ford.  Robben and I wrote some new music for this special recording.  This project titled “The Sun Room” is very earthy and melodic. It contains influences of  Blues, Jazz, Roots & Americana.  We just finished the live recording last month at the House of Blues recording studio, in Nashville TN.  “The Sun Room” features Keith Carlock on drums and James Genus on bass.

I am celebrating my 30th anniversary of playing the Blue Note Jazz Clubs in Japan with this same group – The “Bill Evans Super Group with special guest Robben Ford featuring Keith Carlock and James Genus”. We are debuting “The Sun Room” with a limited pre-release with a special cover at the Tokyo Blue Note March 24-27 and March 28th at the Blue Note in Nagoya Japan.  The worldwide release, which will have a different cover, will be released later this spring.

I started playing the Blue Notes in Japan in 1989 with my group, which at the time featured Dennis Chambers, Darryl Jones, Chuck Loeb, and Jim Beard.   We recorded a live album on my first visit back then called “Bill Evans – Let the Juice Loose, live at the Blue Note Tokyo”

October 29, 2018

Steve Lukather & Bill Evans – “Toxic Monkey” feat. Will Lee, Keith Carlock & Steve Weingart

Photo by Rebecca Hale Evans

Bill is headed back to The Iridium and this time it’s going to get pretty wild!

This All Star Rock/Fusion Band Features: Steve Lukather – Best Known As A Founding Member Of Toto. A Prolific Musician Has More Than 1500 Albums To His Credit And Has Toured With Michael Jackson, Warren Zevon, Larry Carlton, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai And Ringo Starr. A First Call Musician You’ve Seen Him On Grammy Awards, Rock Hall Of Fame Broadcasts And All Star Bands Across All Spectrums.

Keith Carlock– Current Long Time Drummer For Steely Dan, Has Played And Recorded With James Taylor, Donald Fagin, Sting, John Mayer And Countless Others

Will Lee Best Known For His Bass Work With The David Letterman Late Night Orchestra With Paul Shaffer, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Founding Member Of Fab Faux.

Steve Weingart Has Performed And Recorded With Steve Lukather, Chaka Khan, Robben Ford Among Others.

Every 10 Years A Group Of Mentally Deranged Musicians From All Over The USA From All Walks Of Musical Styles Who Met At A Strip Poker Game And Since No Women Showed Up They Decided To Start A Jam Band That Only Plays Once Every 9 Years, Eloquently Named By Band Guru Bill Evans The Now Legendary “Toxic Monkey” Was Born. The Band Was Created By Steve Lukather And Bill Evans. “Toxic Monkey” will feature Will Lee, Keith Carlock And Steve Weingart, All Multi Grammy Winners And Old Friends. This 6 Night Event At The Iridium Is A One Time Only Thing So Don’t Miss It!’

Tickets available here.