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The Gil Evans Project (Feat. Lewis Nash) The Jazz Standard, NYC


The Gil Evans Project directed by Ryan Truesdell

In his liner notes for the 1996 CD reissue of Gil Evans’ 1961 Impulse! Records album Out Of The Cool, Michael Cuscuna wrote: “Drawing from such distinctive composers as Kurt Weill, John Benson Brooks, George Russell and himself, Gil Evans fashioned a rich, delicate tapes­try of sound that becomes a work unto itself.” Then in April 2011, jazz scholar and conductor Ryan Truesdell thrilled the crowd at a packed Jazz Standard as he lead a star–studded big band through a breathtaking performance of Out Of The Coolalong with other compositions from the Evans canon. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the Gil Evans Project has returned annually to our stage ever since. This week, Ryan and the group will be re­cording their second album live on our stage for future joint release via Blue Note/ArtistShare. “We will be presenting more recently discovered and previously unrecorded works of Gil Evans,” Truesdell prom­ises, “in addition to some of Gil’s classic arrangements.”

Music for Claude Thornhill

Ryan Truesdell – conductor

Wendy Gilles - voice

Augie Haas, Greg Gisbert, TBA - trumpets

Jesse Han, Steve Kenyon, Steve Wilson, Dave Pietro, Donny McCaslin, Scott Robinson,

Brian Landrus - woodwinds

Adam Unsworth, David Peel – french horns

Ryan Keberle, Marshall Gilkes - trombones

Marcus Rojas - tuba

James Chirillo – guitar

Frank Kimbrough – piano

Jay Anderson – bass

Lewis Nash - drums