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Critically acclaimed pianist and stalwart of the British jazz scene, John Horler presents a special evening celebrating the music of Bill Evans.
Pianist for Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for 20 years, John has performed with jazz legends including Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Coe, Ronnie Ross, Pete King, Kenny Wheeler and Tommy Whittle.
But John says it is the playing of Bill Evans which has been a lifelong stimulus; “Embracing the music of European composers Debussy, Ravel and even Brahms, which he welded into his own very special jazz language… Even today he is still the most influential figure in my playing… in an inspirational way…”
Supported by a well regarded West Country based rhythm section, this is a priceless opportunity to see one of Britain’s most acclaimed jazz pianists playing the music he loves.
Jazz has been at the centre of my life since I was a child. For me music, and especially jazz, is about togetherness, about individual input being merged with others to make a whole piece of music.
The other big influence must be Chick Corea, with his incredible variety of music over the years and of course his amazing playing. Also Miles Davies whose work has such a powerful emotional impact. Both these musicians had the ability to bring together other fine players and create exceptional groups, producing music of the highest quality.
I think of myself as modern, in the sense that modern means “now”. My compositions (though not in a classical form of course) are influenced quite strongly by twentieth century classical composers, also called Modern – Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and more recently Richard Strauss.
- Doors open 7.30pm, live music from 8.30 to 11-ish.
- The lower prices are for St Ives Jazz Club members, MU members and Western Hotel residents.
Full Time Students and under 18s get in for £5.