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What is this thing called Love - Evan Christopher 2003
Evan is featured on clarinet as a member of George’s Wein’s Newport All Stars.
Others in this clip recorded at the 2003 Bern Jazz Festival are George Wein piano, Rodney Jones guitar, James King bass and Alvin Queen drums.
Extracts from Evan’s biography:
Evan Christopher is, at the age of 32, a refreshingly bright new light on the national and international jazz scene. He combines, virtuosity, immaculate taste and the youthful resources of energy and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to capturing the full range of musical possibilities that come from having strong roots in the idioms of early Jazz and the Creole clarinet style. Christopher was born in Long Beach, California and began his musical training on clarinet at the age of 11. In high school, he was a recipient of the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award and was one of the first graduates of the prestigious Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. He continued his studies at the University of Southern California on music scholarships and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music from California State University, Long Beach.
After working, touring and recording with various bands and artists in California, Christopher moved to New Orleans where he rapidly made a name for himself. He became in great demand, appearing with top musicians as stylistically varied as veterans of Preservation Hall and Al Hirt. In 1996, he accepted an offer to join the renowned Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, Texas.
Having returned to New Orleans in 2001, Christopher has established himself as an important part of the Crescent City music scene. He has had research on the New Orleans clarinet style published and appears frequently with jazz musicians in the U.S. and Europe.