The Josh Evans Quintet

From Hartford to the Heart of the NYC Jazz Scene | Red Note | Sunday 27.8 | 24:30 רכישת כרטיסים
תמונת נושא עבור The Josh Evans Quintet

Josh Evans fell in love with the trumpet and jazz at the age of 10 after listening to Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie’s album from the 1950s, Roy and Diz. The infatuated boy, who grew up in Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, began to study jazz seriously, and by the age of 14 was a student of Jackie McLean, the alto saxophone master, who shared a stage with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Art Blakey. The young teenager has already become an active musician, and as a protégé of McLean, he performed at jazz clubs and venues throughout Hartford, New York and Boston, such as the Blue Note and the Iridium. Following his high school graduation, he joined the Winard Harper sextet for four years, and at the same time performed with Benny Golson and participated in recordings as an accompanist.

In 2006, Josh met the great drummer Rashied Ali and played in his band until Ali’s death in August 2009. “Rashied really changed my playing for the better,” he recalls, “he opened me up to the infinite possibilities in music. He would make us play 10-15 minute solos down in his studio on Greene St to make sure that we exhausted our regular ideas, so that we could start creating new ones.”

Today, 33 years old Owens is a rising force in the New York jazz scene, regularly playing at the Smalls Jazz Club, and collaborating with a great many musicians, including Billy Harper, Cedar Walton, Charles Toliver, Freddie Redd, René McLean, Roy Hargrove, Joe Chambers, Rufus Reid, Louis Hayes, Warren Smith, Bob Mover and more. He is a regular contributor to the projects of Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, Oliver Lake, Ralph Peterson and Frank Lacy. Evans has produced two albums as a bandleader, and is involved in projects in a variety of formats including, 18 musician Big Band, a quintet, a quartet, and a special project composing music for a ten-piece ensemble with a jazz quintet and a string quintet. Evans’s original compositions are mainly modern jazz with hard-bop influences, and his captivating music sparkles with sharp edges and a precise blaze

The Josh Evans Quintet
Josh Evans Trumpet
marcus strickland – sax
Theo Hill Piano
Rashaan Carter Bas
Kush Abadey Drums

Photographer : Anna Yatskevich

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