Jazz great Bill Evans honored at annual Southeastern festival
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
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HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with a festival in his honor this month.
The ninth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate who was the most influential jazz pianist of his generation. Throughout his life, Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980.
The 2010 festival will feature a special 7:30 p.m. concert with pianist Bill Carrothers on April 22 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Called “the new monster of the piano” by the French magazine “Telerama,” Carrothers has performed in the world’s most significant jazz venues for over 25 years.
Other events associated with the festival include the Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble directed by Richard Schwartz on April 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Southeastern Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble II with Carrothers on April 23 at 4 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
Sponsored by the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, all festival events are free.
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at 985-549-2184.