Hot Chicken set to release September 9!

At long last I’m very excited to announce that the new album Hot Chicken will be released on Friday, September 9, 2016 on Ear Up Records! If you’re here in Nashville, please plan to join me for the Hot Chicken Listening Party on the evening of Thursday, September 8 at 6pm. More details to come! Here’s a tiny snippet to whet your appetite. Don’t forget you can preorder the album here. Catch ya soon!        

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Pre-order Hot Chicken!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this whimsical animation made by Chris Walters, which features a saxophone excerpt from my tune Constriketion. On that note, I’m psyched, thrilled, and basically bedazzled to announce that I’m releasing a new album: It’s hard to believe that my first album Falling Up was released FIVE years ago. I’m so grateful for all of you who have listened and continued to enjoy it, especially on Sirius/XM Radio! But it’s painfully obvious that after half a decade a followup is overdue! My band is headed back to Wildwood Studio this May to record eight new original tunes and one original arrangement (a favorite 90’s rock tune, yeah teen angst!) I’m exited to incorporate some new sounds and inspirations that I’ve gathered in the past five years of being a …

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Coming March 2015…

Lots of good things to reflect on about 2014 today. But rather than focus on what has already happened, I’m looking forward to things in the works for 2015. More details to come… In the meantime, I hope that you’re excited as I am for this guy, starting in March!

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No Doom or Gloom in the Nashville Jazz Scene

Unquestionably I have been remiss in keeping this blog updated! Rest assured, I have been readily shaming myself. I’ve been feeling obliged to get back online and share some insights into the exciting things going on in the jazz and greater music scene of Nashville in light of the bizarre ‘doom and gloom’ articles recently posted by “writers” in the New Yorker and Washington Post. It’s been an excellent summer, and for that matter, year in 2014! Lots of exciting things happening in the Nashville music world. A few highlights of playing and teaching randomly listed below, along with a photo gallery. – Spent a wonderful week with 30 (yes thirty!) teenagers at the Nashville Jazz Workshop in June for the 3rd annual Nashville Jazz …

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From Summer NAMM

Had a great time at the Summer NAMM show last month charting and supporting Steve Wariner with a horn section.  Also some face time for local friends & colleagues  Roland Barber, brother Rahsaan, and Jim Ferguson.  Here’s the photo spread from the Nashville Musician which came out this week.

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NJO weekly residency news

Just a quick note that the Nashville Jazz Orchestra is ending its weekly residency at the Commodore Grille tonight!  Put another feather in the cap of “venues that don’t get it.”  Details will emerge, but in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a new weekly spot for the NJO soon! -evan

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