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Take Five with John Evans

By Published: April 13, 2010
I guess you could say that I play jazz for people who don't know what jazz is.

Your dream band: I've been pretty fortunate in terms of whom I've worked with in the past. I miss a lot of guys that I once knew who are no longer here, like Hiram Bullock
Hiram Bullock
Hiram Bullock
1955 - 2008
guitar, electric
, Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
, Don Grolnick
Don Grolnick
Don Grolnick
1947 - 1996
, and Richard Tee
Richard Tee
Richard Tee
1943 - 1993

I'm very fortunate to have to have a wonderful group of musicians and singers with me now. They are all extremely talented, well-educated, and really tune in to what I'm trying to do.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

I'll have to admit that doing the Hideaway album with David Sanborn was the most significant album for me, particularly in terms of knowledge acquired.

Although, the album I'm working on right now might turn out to be my favorite.

The first Jazz album I bought was: Jimmy Smith's Back At The Chicken Shack. Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
1934 - 2000
sax, tenor
, Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell
and Don Bailey... good stuff.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Music that makes peoples lower their shoulders and relax. I like to see people sway back and forth. Life is short...we don't need more things to make us up tight.

Did you know... I like to cook.

CDs you are listening to now: I don't listen to music when I'm working.

How would you describe the state of jazz today? I'm tired of sampled drum beats.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Making music that doesn't require a performance degree to enjoy.

What is in the near future? Currently recording the next John Evans & Dream album at Studio Records.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Chef.

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