John Evans - Composer/Producer/Keyboardist/Session Bassist
Evans has had the privilege of recording with and/or performing with some of the finest musicians of our time... David Sanborn, Paul Shaffer, Steve Jordan, Hiram Bullock, Steve Khan, Cornell Dupree, Don Grolnick, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Korcthmar, Rick Marotta, Buddy Williams, Doane Perry (Jethro Tull), Elliott Randall, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, to name but a few.
Prior to being a free-lance session player in New York and Los Angeles he was the principal bassist with several shows on Broadway including the original Godspell, The Magic Show with Doug Henning, and Evita.
Evans has also composed and produced music for Time-Life and Sports Illustrated.
Evans is best known for his work with saxophonist David Sanborn on the RIAA certified gold, Grammy-nominated album, HIDEAWAY. Evans composed and co-penned CREEPER with Sanborn. It was the tune which was selected as the single release for the album, which since it's release, has become an R&B classic.
On the DREAM album, Evans' group performs five of his instrumental compositions, ranging from the romantic ballad, “Dream” and the classic R&B flavored "Destiny", to the gentle, swaying, Brazilian/Cuban influenced, “West Side Walk”, and the festive “Para Bailar”.
Evans' group, DREAM, consists of the following players: Ron Jones (soprano & tenor sax) Larry Spencer (flugelhorn) Johnny Hooper (acoustic & electric guitars) Brady Mosher (acoustic & electric guitars) Gene Glover (conga drums & percussion) Mike Collier (drums) John Evans (keyboards & bass) Annagrey Labasse (melody vocals) Background vocals: Annagrey Labasse, Debby Hooper, Johnny Hooper, & Mike Collier.
Jackie Anderson - Host of Midday Jazz on WJAB-FM Radio says: "You can feel the magic from start to finish with "DREAM". Smooth jazz at its finest. Don't miss this one."
Here's what Paul Dunkel - Music Director & Conductor of the Westchester Philharmonic (New York) had to say about DREAM:
“I've been listening to Dream, a lovely recording based on the music of the gifted American composer John Evans. Mr. Evans obviously has an ear for lyrical lines and many of his songs are extended in these instrumental versions. The arrangements are subtle and colorful. The playing is first rate throughout. For this listener (a classical musician) Mr. Evans seems to have learned lessons from several major composers: Debussy comes to mind first. My particular favorite cut is "Para Bailar" with its Latin edge. Each selection has a catchy groove and there is enough variety between the five compositions to satisfy any listener whether he be from the pop or classical worlds.”
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John, welcome to The Jazz Network, I am glad that you found us and feel and see the value of all of us networking together to keep jazz alive. I appreciate your kind comments to me, my work here will never be done with such great artists like you in the world.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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