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Al Evans

For almost 8 1/2 years was the host of "Saturday Night Jazz" on 89.1 FM KMHD in Portland, Oregon.

About Me

Besides jazz and blues, I also enjoy listening to classic rock (Eric Clapton, Elton John, James Taylor, others). Pastimes include photography, reading science fiction, writing both fiction and non-fiction, and, all too seldom, trout fishing. In the real world, for the last 25+ years I have been a troubleshooter of customer problems, among other things, for the Portland office of a large nationwide business products wholesaler. Since July of 2011, I have been writing a more-or-less weekly jazz CD review column which I publish on my blog at www.jazzforasaturdaynight.com. The blog is called "Jazz For A Saturday Night", and each CD that I write about is one that I either did play, or would have played, on Saturday Night Jazz. I have no formal musical education; in my writing, I make no pretense at being an expert about the technical aspects of the music. What I write about is the sound... Does the music sound good? Because when you get right down to it, a lot of music that is technically brilliant is, to the average listener, just a bunch of discordant, atonal crap. Most people, including jazz lovers, want to listen to music that sounds GOOD to them. That is the kind of music I tried to play on "Saturday Night Jazz", and it's what I write about now.

My Favorites

  1. Benny Carter - Live And Well In Japan!
  2. The Dynamic 3B's - After Hours With The 3B's
  3. Gene Harris & Jack McDuff - Down Home Blues
  4. Reggie Houston - Makin' Groceries
  5. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus And More
  6. Dexter Gordon - Great Encounters
  7. Chris Tedesco - Livin' The Dream
  8. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - Act Your Age
  9. Jackie Ryan - Doozy
  10. Eldar - Eldar
  11. Houston Person - The Party
  12. Jamie Cullum - twentysomething

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