NB All gigs at the North Devon Jazz Club start at 8.30 unless otherwise stated. Entrance is free but there's a collection (please don't be mean - it helps pay the band). For more information, see the dedicated NDJC page.
2022 Monday June 13th, Beaver Inn, Appledore (8.30): John Horler Trio (Bill Evans tribute)
The legendary pianist Bill Evans was groundbreaking in his contribution to the development of jazz. On 13 June pianist John Horler will be at North Devon Jazz Club with drummer Ronnie Jones and bassist Ron Phelan to pay homage to the great man and the other wonderful musicians (Scott La Faro and Paul Motion) in Bill Evans’ classic trio.
Rated by The Observer as ‘one of the finest jazz pianists that Britain has ever produced’ John Horler was accompanist for Dame Cleo Laine for twenty years. He is also a former member of Sir John Dankworth’s bands and has performed with many of the greats of modern jazz including Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Coe, Ronnie Ross, Pete King, Kenny Wheeler and Tommy Whittle.
The music and musicianship of Bill Evans has left an indelible impression on John and his career, even inspiring him to become a jazz musician. Talking about Bill Evans, John says he embraced “the music of European composers Debussy, Ravel and even Brahms, which he welded into his own very special jazz language…. Even today, Bill Evans is still the most influential figure in my playing…’.
Also coming up at North Devon Jazz Club: 27 June Neil Burns Quintet 11 July Karen Lane with Trio 19 September Henry Lowther Quintet 14 November Josh Kemp Quartet 5 December Sam Jesson Trio