Composer of the week: Bill Evans
A week of programmes dedicated to a jazz great
Radio 3 presenter Donald Macleod delves into the life and music of pianist-composer Bill Evans (1929-1980).
Described as the ‘Chopin of Jazz’ and regarded as a ‘Poet of the Piano’, Evans began his musical journey in the classical world, but was soon drawn to jazz. His preferred ensemble was the trio of piano, bass and drums, but his classical training continued to influence the way he performed and composed.
Evans performed with the likes of Miles Davis, Tony Bennett and Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley having made a name for himself early on with works including Waltz for Debby and No Cover, No Minimum.