The “most elegant band in the business” ended 2014 with accolades for our LIVE! CD. We will return to Paris for two nights in a program we’re calling “Django’s Blues.” Don Vappie returns to take the solo guitar chair to facilitate a deeper exploration of our Creolitude.
On March 4 & 5 it’s the usual drill at the Duc des Lombards with two shows each night at 8pm & 10pm. Then we head to London for a show at the Jamboree, Bristol Jazz Festival and two nights at the Quecumbar.
Upon the invitation to make a concert for the Arts Council of Gainesville, GA, I added this show in Atlanta at “Steve’s Live Music.” With the same trio, pianist Tyrone Jackson and bassist Robert Dickson, we’ll reprise numbers from our “New Orelans Blues” program along with some surprises.
It’s always a pleasure to return to Gainesville, GA for their Arts Council’s “Evenings of Intimate Jazz” series. This season, I’m bringing a special “Clarinet Road” program that we’re calling “New Orleans Blues.” Pianist Tyrone Jackson and bassist Robert Dickson will help me showcase an array of New Orleans composers, past and present, who infused their works with deep blues in virtually every emotional shade.
Place: Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring Street S.W., Gainesville, GA 30501
Date & Time: Saturday, February 21 2015, 8pm
On Sunday, February 8, up-and-comer Kris Tokarski explores his passion for classic two-handed piano playing works by James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton and other jazz masters. It is my distinct pleasure to be able to support this bright talent on the New Orleans scene.
It’s the usual drill at Snug: Two shows, 8pm & 10pm, reservations online here or by calling the club during business hours. (504) 949-0696
Place: Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Date & Time: February 8, 2015, 8pm & 10pm
Line-Up: Evan Christopher, Kris Tokarski, Benji Bohannon
The 4th annual Daniel Jackson week commemorates the veteran saxophonist and composer who above all valued sincere musical expression. My mentor, bassist Marshall Hawkins has organized this tribute concert at Dizzy’s on Saturday, January 31 with some great musicians to perform some of Daniel’s work.
Place: Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Date & Time: Saturday, January 29 2015, 8pm-10pm
Since 2011, January 24 marks the start of Daniel Jackson week in San Diego. The veteran saxophonist and composer passed on September 3, 2014, and this year we will be commemorating his legacy with two special programs. My mentor, bassist Marshall Hawkins has organized a tribute at 98 Bottles on Thursday, January 29.
There will also be a concert at Dizzy’s on Saturday, January 31.
Place: 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Date & Time: Thursday, January 29 2015, 8pm-10pm