Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00pm
Clarinet sensation Evan Christopher stars in
a FREE jazz listening party, co-hosted by
Jazz at Lincoln Center & The Sidney Bechet Society.

Evan travels up from New Orleans to present live
music and discussion, in “Before the Jazz Band Ball“.
(full description below)

This FREE event takes place in the Agnes Varis and
Karl Leichtman Recording Studio
of Jazz at Lincoln Center,
Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th St., New York, NY.
Seating is limited, and first come, first served. This will be a memorable evening with one of New Orleans foremost artists.

Photo credit is: Richard Velasquez

photo: Richard Velasquez

Full Details:

Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy, New Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher, and The Sidney Bechet Society present a free Listening Party on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 pm. This concert and discussion will take place in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Recording Studio of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th St., New York, NY.

“Before the Jazz Band Ball” is a concert & discussion celebrating early musicians who paved the way for the birth of “jazz” with their musical activities outside of New Orleans. The event will combine listening examples curated by Evan Christopher, with live performances featuring his ensemble. The stories of giants such as Jelly Roll Morton, Freddie Keppard, Sidney Bechet as well as less-sung heroes such as Alcide Nunez and Manuel Perez illustrate that the musical revolution of “jazz” did not happen overnight with the 1917 recordings of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

Evan Christopher combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities in the New Orleans clarinet tradition. His highly personal brand of “contemporary, early jazz” strives to extend the legacies of early Creole clarinetists such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, and Barney Bigard. Critics remarking on Christopher’s dynamic expressiveness have coined his style “close-encounter music” (NEW YORK TIMES) and have called his respect for the music traditions of New Orleans, “a triumph, joining the present seamlessly to a glorious past.” (THE OBSERVER, UK). Christopher’s journey on Clarinet Road began in 1994, when he left his native California to join the New Orleans music community. Published research on the New Orleans clarinet style, his “Clarinet Road” series of CDs, and international touring place him squarely as one of the most active ambassadors of the tradition.

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00pm

Before the Jazz Band Ball
Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Recording Studio,
in Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s
Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
5th Floor
The Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle (Broadway at 60th St.)
New York, NY 10023

 


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