Bill Evans Videos: Nice, 1978


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On July 16, 1978, pianist Bill Evans performed at La Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice France. He was backed by Marc Johnson on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The trio played four songs before being joined by baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams for two more. The performance was captured by République Française TV. The group played outdoors and yet, as you'll hear, the microphones were placed so strategically that the music sounds as if it were recorded in a studio.

Pianist Dave Thompson informed me that the broadcast went up on YouTube less than a month ago. Dave is a fabulous pianist and will be guest artist at the University of Akron Jazz Festival from March 19 to 21 (go here and scroll down to March 19). Dave will be playing three days of Bill Evans concerts and workshops, including performances with trio and with the jazz orchestra/big band. Dave has written arrangements of Evans's tunes for the big band concert. Or if you're in Chicago, Dave will be at Pianoforte of Chicago on April 14 for an afternoon of Bill Evans's music (go here and scroll down to April 14).

Here's the Bill Evans Trio on TV in 1978, with Pepper Adams on two of the songs:

Here's Midnight Mood...

Here's Turn Out the Stars...

Here's Minha...

Here's My Romance...

Here's I Love You, with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams...

And here's Three Little Words with Adams...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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