|William Evans with bassist Dominic Mancini, |
drummer Dane Hassan and clarinetist Paul Vrakas
“I feel honored to have the same name as the great Bill Evans,” he says. “His shoes are too big to fill, but I just try to use it as motivation to always do the best job possible regardless of the circumstances. As long as I consistently make the effort to uphold the integrity of the name (his and mine), I'll always be headed in the right direction. I'd like to think Bill Evans would concur.”
The Detroit native’s specialties are jazz, blues and R&B. He says much of his focus this year was on studio work for different projects. One of them is a Quartet Collective project with three fine European jazz musicians – tenor saxophonist Andy Scherrer, bassist Stephan Kurmann and drummer Jorge Rossy, who was a member of the first iteration of pianist Brad Mehldau’s trio. Evans says the group’s first studio recording will be released in May on the Switzerland-based jazz label TCB.
My first opportunity to hear William Evans was at Tuesday night’s South County Jazz Club jam at Allegro Bistro in Venice, FL. It won’t be the last. Hearing his take on the standards was a treat. You can check out his range of work here.