The Joel Zelnik Trio featuring Stan Edwards, vocalist will present “My Bill Evans – A Personal Conversation” on Friday, Nov. 1st., 7pm at “Hibscus Cuisine” at 270 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960. Reservations:[masked]-0200.
This timely program is based on the dialogues between Joel Zelnik and Bill Evans, a 7 time Grammy Award Winner, at the “Village Gate” during the mid-1960’s. Signature Evans works are performed and Joel plays pieces he enjoys that show the Evans influence. This show also highlights the collaboration of Bill Evans & Tony Bennett on their signature albums of the mid 70’s.
Joel and Stan 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, born in Plainfield, NJ, 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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