The legacy of Toronto-born composer, pianist, and arranger Gil Evans goes far beyond his legendary early collaborations with Miles Davis on albums such as Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain. From big band to bebop to the cool jazz of the late 1950s and beyond, Evans was a central figure to the evolution of modern jazz throughout his decades-long career up to his death in 1988.
Working with Evans’ family and collaborators, Truesdell discovered almost 50 unpublished, unrecorded sketches, compositions and arrangements, and published a selection of these works on Centennial.
In celebration of the centennial of Gil Evans’ birth on May 13, 1912, Humber’s renowned music department is hosting Ryan Truesdell as a composer/arranger-
Truesdell’s residency will culminate in a performance on October 19 of previously unknown works from Centennial, more familiar pieces from Evans’ now-iconic albums with Miles Davis, including Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess, as well as arrangements and compositions from Evans’ early work with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra.
Truesdell will be joined by the 22-piece Humber Faculty Jazz Orchestra, made up of some of the most talented jazz musicians in Canada and internationally, including Juno award-winners Pat LaBarbera, John MacLeod and Brian Dickinson. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, and $10 for seniors and students.
“Gil Evans was one of the most influential jazz arrangers and composers of the 20th century,” says Denny Christianson, director of Humber’s music programs. “His landmark work with Miles Davis is credited with changing the course of jazz, nudging it into an adventurous and abstract beauty which had not been heard before, intriguing both listeners and professional musicians for decades to come.”
Event: Ryan Truesdell and Humber Faculty Jazz Orchestra
Music from Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans as well as other compositions and arrangements by the legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger
Date/Time: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Location: Humber Lakeshore Campus - A Building Auditorium (3199 Lakeshore Blvd. West)