Bill Evans [sax]
* February 09, 1958
United States
Solo Artist
Bill Evans first joined miles Davis group at the age of 22 in 1980. He went on to record 6 records with Davis, as well as tour the world with him many times over a 4 year period. The stint with Davis was followed by 3 years with john McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu orchestra that went on to tour and record 3 CDs.

Since his tenure with Davis and McLaughlin, Bill has recorded and toured with Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Mick Jagger, to name but a few.

Bill has been touring almost exclusively with his own band since 1990, playing well over 100 concerts per year worldwide, and has produced, arranged and recorded 14 solo CDs as a leader. His 2001 release ‘Soul Insider’ which featured Les McCann on vocals, received a Grammy nomination.

The follow up to ’Soul Insider’ was the highly acclaimed 2002 release ‘Big Fun’ featuring McCann and Willie Nelson. Bill has been quoted as saying he has a ’short attention span’ and a ‘thirst for something new and inspiring’.

Bill has been known to record hip-hop, acoustic groove, and Americana flavored jazz that included guest appearances by Willie Nelson (whom Evans has recorded and played with numerous times over the years) Bruce Hornsby, John Scofield, Hiram Bullock etc. Bills’ latest recording called ‘Soulgrass’ is due out in September 2005 and is a blend of Bluegrass, jazz, and Americana soul. It features the steller cast of Bela Fleck on banjo, Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglass on Dobro, Bruce Hornsby on piano, Victor Wooten bass, Vinny Colaiuta on drums, etc. Bill recorded the CD in Nashville.

Note: Bill also co-leads a band called the Randy Brecker/Bill Evans Soulbop band that just Released a live double CD called Bill Evans/Randy Brecker and Soulbop ‘live’. They have also toured extensively with ‘Soulbop’ when not touring with their own band.

Bill also just completed a 24 city spring 2005 tour of Europe with his ‘Bill Evans and Soulgrassband. He also just finished playing 8 sold out shows at San Francisco’ famous jazz club ‘Yoshis’. Special guests for the engagement were Bela Fleck on banjo, Vinny Colaiuta on drums, Jimmy Haslip on bass and Darol Angor on fiddle. Bill is scheduled to do a worldwide tour in the fall 2005 to support his September release ‘Soulgrass’.
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