August 29, 2018

Bill Evans Band EAST MEETS WEST…

Where: Birds Basement | Melbourne AU
When: Oct. 3-7 2018

Bill Evans with German super star drummer Wolfgang Haffner, B3 extraordinaire Simon Oslender and Groove meister Gary Grainger on bass. Where soul meets jazz meets funk! See you there! :)

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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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!

June 30, 2017

The Bill Evans Band in Kazakhstan

Thrilled to announce that the Bill Evans Band is headed to Astana in Kazakhstan. Catch us at the JAZZIA Festival – which is three days of famous jazz band performances from various countries. The festival will be held within the EXPO-2017 territory in the Hall of Energy. We’ll be playing on August 15th at 21:00. For more info and tickets see the JAZZIA Festival page, or their Facebook page.

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May 27, 2017

Spain 2017!

Late June and early July – Spain – The Bill Evans & Dean Brown Band featuring Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe – YES! That’s right, back to beautiful and sunny Spain. Check the Tour Dates page for all the details, but we’re headed to EIGHT cities and boy and boy if we could leave today we would!

The Bill Evans & Dean Brown Band

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November 10, 2016

To Greece and beyond!

Greece!!!🇬🇷 Germany!!!🇩🇪 Austria!!! 🇦🇹 – we’re on our way! The Bill Evans Band continues the Rise Above tour, kickin’ ass and takin’ names. Across the pond, no problem – have sax will travel! Check out the Tour Dates page for all the details :)

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