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