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Learn About the New Orleans Clarinet Style

This year marks 25 years since I started on Clarinet Road and followed it to New Orleans.

A few seasons ago, Jazz at Lincoln Center gave me the opportunity to make three very short videos. We barely scratched the surface, yet they’ve been viewed nearly half-a-million times! Clearly, there’s some curiosity about the style, so let’s continue the conversation and get deeper into this beautiful tradition.

For me, understanding the unique clarinet tradition that evolved here is a key to understanding the music that became jazz and a key to unlocking your own personal voice on the instrument.

Follow us here as we add tutorials and brand-new resources for learning about the clarinet style of New Orleans. Have some ideas about what you’d like us to document or demonstrate?
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Band Workshops in New Orleans

This year, we are partnering with Little Gem Saloon to host workshops for visiting musicians who want to learn more about performing New Orleans music. Commune with some of the finest musicians in New Orleans while they share the city’s culture through their experiences, demonstrate their approach to the tradition, and coach you and your band-mates.

The workshop concludes with a lunch and an opportunity to make a souvenir video document of your experience.

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1.12 2019 Clarinet Road at NY Winter Jazz Fest

Saturday, 12 January 2019 (6pm)

Clarinet Road opens the “NY Hot Jazz” stage for the Jan 12 music marathon  at NYC WinterFest. I’ll be at the charming and historic Greenwich House School of Music and will kick off the evening with contemporary renderings of classics by New Orleans clarinet legends with the help of Ehud Asherie, Neal Caine & Darrian Douglas.

Later in the evening, around 9:30pm, I’ll be a special guest with the winsome Tatiana Eve Marie.

Greenwich House is at 46 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014


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12.31 New Year’s Celebration at Bizou Wines

This New Year’s Eve, Clarinet Road Welcomes 2019!

You’re invited to a special event with live music, great food and fine wine at Bizou Wine Distributors (2500 St. Louis St., NOLA 70119 in Mid-City on the Lafitte Greenway) When we did this two year’s ago, we had a blast. It rained heavily, but everyone was safe inside. The wine and music flowed, it was intimate, fun and we left hopeful for a new year.

A donation of $119 is all-inclusive with music by Clarinet Road, bubbly and appetizers upon arrival, buffet dinner with Old World wines, desert, and a toast at midnight. All taxes and gratuities are also included. (No alcohol will be sold on the premises.)

Doors are 8:30pm. At 9pm,  our buffet dinner with white-linen table-seating, which has been created exclusively for us by James Clesi with the support of Clesi’s restaurant, will be paired with artisan wine selections chosen by Bizou’s James Moises. James has also picked out bubbles for our midnight toast. Parking is well-lit, easy and a security detail will be on hand.

Already have dinner plans? A donation of $69 reserves your place anytime after 10pm for music, desert and toast at midnight.

Again, for your convenience, abundant parking in front of Bizou with a security will be provided for the duration of our celebration.

Please use this NEW YEAR’S CONTACT  or leave a voice message at 504.383.3227 to request instructions for reserving a place.


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12.09 World Premiere of The Faubourg Variations @ The Old U.S. Mint


SUNDAY, 9 December, 2pm (New Orleans)

This recital is the world premiere of a new work entitled The Faubourg Variations. Featured artists for this Clarinet Road event are Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet) and New Orleans living legends Brian Seeger, David Torkanowsky, Roland Guerin and Herlin Riley.

The Faubourg Variations by Evan Christopher featuring his “Clarinet Road” ensemble has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2018 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.



Place: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 70116
Date & Time: SUNDAY, 9 Dec, 2018 @2pm
Line-Up: Evan Christopher (clarinet) Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet) David Torkanowsky (piano) Brian Seeger  (guitar), Roland Guerin (bass) Herlin Riley (drums)



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12.07 Improvisations Gala @ The Old U.S. Mint


SATURDAY, Dec 8, 8pm (New Orleans)

It’s a big weekend for the New Orleans Jazz Museum. A site for the Arts Council Luna Fete, Saturday’s Improvisations Gala, and the premiere of my new composition on Sunday.

Don Vappie and Paul Longstreth join me along with many other New Orleans favorites to raise money for the museum’s expansion including educational initiatives like my Public Domain Project and the continuation of free concerts with the support of the National Historical Jazz Park.

Place: Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 70116
Date & Time: SATURDAY, 8 Dec, 2018, 8pm
Line-Up: Evan Christopher (clarinet) Paul Longstreth  (piano),Don Vappie (bass)



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