Bill Evans in Molde, Norway, 1980


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On Saturday, August 9, 1980, the Bill Evans Trio was in Norway performing at the Molde Jazz Festival. The trio featured Evans on piano, Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Five weeks and two days later, Evans would be dead of a peptic ulcer, cirrhosis, bronchial pneumonia and untreated hepatitis—all conditions related to his persistent and tragic drug use. The following video is one of the last known visual performances by Evans.

Here's the Bill Evans Trio playing its 43-minute set at the Molde Jazz Festival.

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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