Bayou Chant & Other Textures

Discography, Recordings & Featured Work

Bayou Chant & ​​​​Other Textures 

Evan Christopher's Clarinet Road​

Featuring: David Torkanowsky, piano Joe Ashlar, piano Brian Seeger, guitar Roland Guerin, bass
Release Date
: April 25, 2016
Label: 
STR Digital Records


Details: ​ Ten musical vignettes of contemporary New Orleans are narrated by the soulful Creole clarinet that developed its vocabulary there. These tracks were captured live in the intimate, acoustic setting of Luthjen's Dance Hall in the Faubourg Marigny.

Gems by the Piano Giants

Evan Christopher, clarinet & Ehud Asherie, piano
Release Date: February 9, 2016
Label: Clarinet Road Productions


Details: Hear two traditions, Harlem stride piano and New Orleans clarinet, make magic together. Ehud and Evan render compositions by some of the major pianists associated with jazz. The winsome Hilary Gardner adds her voice to three selections.

Django à la Créole: Live!

Evan Christopher's Django à la Créole
Release Date
: March 1, 2014
Label: Frémeaux & Associés


Details: Buckle-up for a full length concert-experience with Evan's Django-inspired quartet. This third, and final, CD features the best performances chosen from the group's 2012 fall tour, at the peak of their success.

Louie's Dream For Our Jazz Heroes

Eli Yaminpiano

FeaturingEvan Christopher, clarinet
Release Date
: April 9, 2013
Label: Yamin Music LLC


Details: The intimate duo setting of piano and clarinet creates a reverent, yet swinging homage to some of Eli and Evan's heroes who embody the spirit of Jazz. 

Clarinet Road Vol. III: In Sidney's Footsteps

Evan Christopher, clarinet

Featuring: Le Section Rhythmique & Julien Brunetaud, piano
Release Date
: December 8, 2011
Label: STR Digital Records


Details: Walk with Evan in the footsteps of the great Sidney Bechet. This material,  recorded during Evan's 2006 residency in Paris, makes no apology for its visceral embrace of blues, swing and melodic flights of improvisation.

Tom McDermott's Almost Native

Tom Mcdermott, piano
Featuring: Evan Christopher, clarinet
Release Date
: April, 201​1
Label: Threadhead Records 


Details: Imaginative original compositions celebrate the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural influences that make New Orleans music so distinct and compelling.

The Remembering Song Featuring Bucky Pizzarelli

Evan Christopher, clarinet

FeaturingBucky Pizzarelli, rhythm guitar with James Chirillo, guitar & Greg Cohen, bass
Release Date
: November 1, 2010
Label: Arbors Records (International release by Fremeaux & Associés)


Details: Want to know what "chamber-jazz" sounds like? The masterful Bucky Pizzarelli creates a spell-binding groove over which clarinet, guitar & bass dance and sing.

Django à la Créole ​Finesse

Evan Christopher's Django à la Créole​
Release Date
: April 1, 2010
Label: Frémeaux & Associés


Details: This is the quartet's second studio recording of Creolized "Gypsy swing" (or Djangoized New Orleans music, depending on your point-of-view). You'll find Evan and his bandmates confidently exploring their own musical world.

Delta Bound Featuring Dick Hyman

Evan Christopher, clarinet ​

FeaturingDick Hyman, piano with Bill Huntington, bass & Shannon Powell, drums
Release Date
: May 23, 2007
Label: Arbors Records


Details: This tribute to New Orleans was recorded barely three months after the 2005 flood. The result, is music that is celebratory yet nostalgic and quietly optimistic.

Django à la Créole

Evan Christopher, clarinet featuring David Blenkhorn, guitar 

Dave Kelbie, rhythm guitar & Sebastien Girardot, bass
Release Date
: April 14, 2007
Label: LeJazzetal / Frémeaux & Associées


Details: The debut recording of Django à la Créole spices up the Hot Club style with liberal portions of New Orleans blues and rhythms of the "le monde Créole."

Introduction: Live at the Meriden

Evan Christopher, clarinet

Featuring: David Blenkhorn, guitar Sebastien Girardot, bass, Guillaume Nouaux, drums
Release Date
: March 11, 2007
Label: Evan Christopher's Jazz Traditions Project


Details: Exiled from New Orleans in August of 2005, Evan headed to France and quickly assembled his Paris-based "Jazz Traditions Project." They recorded these tracks live during a week-long residence at the Meridien Hotel's Lionel Hampton Jazz Club.

​Clarinet Road Vol. II: The Road to Romance

Evan Christopher, clarinet & Chris Dawson, piano

​Guests include Jack Sheldon, Tierney Sutton, Larance Marable, Darek Oles, Kendall Kay

Release Date: January 4, 2004
Label: STR Digital Records


Details: Take a stroll with Evan and some Los Angeles-based jazz stars on the "Road to Romance," arguably the curviest section of his "Clarinet Road."

The Ragpickers: Over 50 Years of Recorded Ragtime

Tony Parenti, clarinet (1949) Evan Christopher, clarinet (2002)
Release Date
: Summer, 2003
Label: Jazzology Records


Details: Complementing six re-mastered sides from 1949 by Tony Parenti with Ralph Sutton and George Wettling, Evan leads his own trio through nine more ragtime classics. 

CD cover, Clarinet Road Volume 1

Clarinet Road Vol. I: The Road to New Orleans

Evan Christopher clarinet

Guests include Chris Dawson, piano & Hal Smith, drums 
Release Date
: Feb, 2003
Label: STR Digital Records


Details: Evan Christopher's journey on "Clarinet Road" starts in New Orleans. With this recording, he established his aesthetic for presenting traditional New Orleans music: Intimate, acoustic, well-researched, subtle and sultry, but above all, personal.

CD cover image This Side of Evan

This Side of Evan

Evan Christopher, clarinet featuring members of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band
Release Date
: Spring, 1998
Label: Jazzology Records (2002 re-release)


Details: This is a re-release of swinging studio material recorded during Evan's brief tenure (1996-1998) with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio, Texas. 

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