October 27, 2018

Thinking About Jazz
Bill Evans: A New Tonality

Born William John Evans in Plainfield, NJ in 1929, Bill Evans was an innovative jazz pianist and composer who blended impressionistic harmony, inventive interpretation of jazz standards, block chords and singing melodic lines that continue to influence jazz players to this day. Classically trained in Louisiana, he moved to New York then Chicago where he backed Billie Holiday in the Herbie Fields band in 1950.  During three years in the Army he continued to hone his skills and delve deeper into jazz.  In 1955, he enrolled in Mannes College of Music for music composition while playing various New York clubs.  In 1956, Evans worked with bandleader George Russell who championed the “Lydian Mode,” an alternative to the major scale which formed the basis of his emerging style.  His elevating profile caught the attention of Miles Davis who invited him to join his sextet early in 1958 which led to a highly productive period of Miles music including Kind of Blue in 1959, the best-selling jazz album of all time. After Miles, Evans worked mostly in trios throughout the 60’s and 70’s, expanding on his new approach to jazz.  He recorded extensively and has left a truly unique contribution to the heritage of jazz.  Evans was an avid reader (he introduced Coltrane to Indian philosophy), he liked to paint and draw, he loved golf and horse-racing.

Larry Applebaum brings this fascinating presentation.

Other 2018 TAJ Events

February 24th
Buck Hill:  The Wailin' Mailman

June 30th
Art Blakey:  Jazz Messenger

August 25th
U Street Jazz:  D.C. Jazz

October 27th
Bill Evans:  A New Tonality

December 15th
Lena Horne:  From Jazz Voice to Political Activist


Building Rhythm Together for Christ's Love
  • Rev. Brian Hamilton, President
  • Lloyd Jordan, Chair
  • Dick Smith, Jazz Night Program Director

Marilyn Abraham, James Besley, Yolanda R. Coleman, Vyllorya Evans, Gwen Fleming, Wilma Goldstein, Sue K. Gresham, Blanche Hamilton, Alicia Hetzner, Donald Roe, Tangela Roe, Brenda Wilder, Von Deleah Williams
The Thinking About Jazz Committee
holds a planning meeting the last Saturday of January, March, May, July, Sept, Nov, 10am to noon at Westminster.  You are invited to join this committee!  Check the calendar for the next meeting.  You will enjoy your welcome to the committee and the opportunity to be part of planning another great Thinking About Jazz event.


Thinking About Jazz is a public service brought to you by Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation (SRDC)--a cultural ministry arm of Westminster DC. 

This free educational experience happens every other month from 1-3pm  on the 4th Saturday (except December).  Each one focuses on a different giant or genre of jazz and features vintage video footage and select audio recordings delivered by experts in the subject matter.

The material along with Q & A allows participants to go deeper into the history, stories and power of the art form and those who have created it.

Light refreshments are served and door prizes are given.