My Bill Evans- A Personal Conversation with the Joel Zelnik Trio
Feb 09, 2013 12:00 AM
I would like to introduce my audience engaging program dedicated to New Jersey’s musical treasure: 7 time Grammy Award Winner Bill Evans. This performance has played to “full houses” because I personalize my experiences with Bill, with the audience.
The Joel Zelnik Trio appeared recently at The Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ, with the program, “My Bill Evans –A Personal Conversation”.
They will do a reprise at The 76 House, 110 Main Street, Tappan, NY 10983 on Saturday 2/9/13, at 8PM. 845-359-5476 www.76house.com/events.html
This timely program is based on the dialogues between Joel Zelnik and Bill Evans at the “Village Gate” during the mid-1960’s. Signature Evans works are performed, along with songs he may have considered, and Joel plays pieces he enjoys that show the Evans influence.
Joel had the great fortune of playing at the Top of the Gate in NYC during the mid 60’s, on Monday nights. It was on these Mondays that he split sets with the Bill Evans Trio, and his greatness has stayed with Joel right up to the present. Bill said to Joel,”as a musician, it’s not what you play, but how you play it.” Joel has lived that in his own piano playing no matter what style or circumstance.
Evans is acknowledged to be the most important innovator of Jazz Piano in the late 20th century. Bill conveyed to Joel a great sense of humor, laughing about their mutual experiences in New Jersey, where they grew up. He was, and is, all that represents timeless art.
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