stablished in 2011, the Gil Evans Project has quickly become one of today’s premier modern large jazz ensembles. Born out of composer/producer Ryan Truesdell’s desire to restore and perform Gil Evans’ music directly from his original manuscripts, Truesdell’s research led him to discover over sixty of Evans’ works that were never recorded. With the Evans family’s blessing, the Gil Evans Project is the only ensemble currently performing these rare or never performed works exactly as Evans intended.
Their 2012 debut album, CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, received unanimous praise from critics, earning three GRAMMY® nominations and the 2013 Record of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association. The album won Evans a posthumous 2013 GRAMMY® Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his 1947 arrangement of “How About You.” CENTENNIAL was also featured on the 2012 Top 10 Albums (all genres) for the New York Times, the NPR Top 10 Jazz Albums, and the No. 1 Jazz Album in the Sunday Times, London, and received Best Large Jazz Ensemble in 2013 from the Jazz Journalist Association and the DownBeat Magazine Critic’s Poll Rising Star Big Band in 2014.
Since its inception, the Gil Evans Project has stunned audiences with Evans’ timeless music at many world-class venues and festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI), the Elmhurst Jazz Festival (Elmhurst, IL), and Jazz Standard (New York, NY). Their upcoming appearances include concerts at Krannert Center for the Arts (Champaign, IL), the Royal Conservatory (Toronto, Ontario) and Harmon Fine Arts Center (Des Moines, IA). Tonight’s performance marks the Gil Evans Project’s Carnegie Hall debut.
The Gil Evans Project’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, LINES OF COLOR (currently in post-production), was recorded live this past May, during their annual week-long residency at Jazz Standard. Featuring eleven of Evans’ works, LINES OF COLOR will be released February 17th, 2015 on Blue Note/ArtistShare, a new partnership formed between the two ground-breaking labels. For more information, please visit www.GilEvansProject.com.