The Bill to Play with Skill

It's impossible to overstate the importance of Bill Evans to the vocabulary of modern jazz piano. In addition to being a composer and leading his own formidable trio, he played on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue — as well as on another masterpiece, Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth. Evans' expansion of the keyboard's possibilities within jazz was akin to Cézanne's revolution in post-Impressionist painting: Color and contour were never the same. Webster University's Faculty Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to the man with "A Simple Matter of Conviction: The Music of Jazz Pianist Bill Evans," a program of Evans compositions at 7 p.m. in Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487), followed by a screening of the 1966 documentary The Universal Mind of Bill Evans. Admission is $10 at the door, or free to Webster students with valid school ID.
Mon., April 10
 
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