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May 13, 1912 - March 20, 1988


The "Gil Evans Orchestra" perform at Jazz Jamboree Warsaw on October 23, 1976.

Personnel Include:

Gil Evans, piano & arranger
Charles Manson, trumpet
Lew Soloff, trumpet
John Clark, French horn
Dave Sanborn, alto sax
George Adams, tenor sax
Pete Levin, keyboard
Bob Stewart, tuba
Miroslav Vitous, bass
Sue Evans, drums

Born in Toronto, Canada pianist composer and arranger Gil Evans moved with his family to Stockton, California when he was very young.

Throughout the 1940s he worked as the arranger for the "Claude Thornhill Orchestra" and would relocate to New York by 1946.

In New York Evans' small basement apartment located behind a Chinese laundry would became a meeting location for musicians including Charlie Parker, John Carisi, and Gerry Mulligan all of whom were interested in deviating from the domination of bebop through the development of new styles.

These casual meetings would culminate in the emergence of cool jazz, free jazz and jazz fusion ultimately with the formation of the "Gil Evans Orchestra."

During the late '50s Gil collaborated with as director and arranger on the four landmark albums "Miles Ahead" (1957), "Porgy and Bess" (1958), "Sketches of Spain", and later "Quiet Nights" (1962).

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