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May 3, 2007

Jazz Vocalist George Evans in Vancouver

Written by
cindy mcleod

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George Evans Quartet
Fri & Sat, May 4 & 5
The Cellar, Vancouver

Toronto Vocalist George Evans Performs West Coast Dates

Toronto vocalist George Evans returns to the Cellar this weekend to perform Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5, with an ensemble of some the top names on the Vancouver scene including Tony Foster (piano), Rene Worst (bass), Bernie Arai (drums), and Bill Coon (guitar).

Recognized as one of the foremost vocal interpreters of jazz and standards on the Canadian scene since surfacing in Montreal in the early-1990s, George Evans has been nominated National Jazz Awards Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has been celebrated diversely as “a ballad’s best friend” by All-Canadian Jazz Festival, and “an agile voice and always swinging” by the National Post. George tours actively, and has been praised for his lively, polished performances in major clubs in cities such as New York, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. He has recorded a current total of six projects as a leader, and his latest album, “Bewitched” can be heard on all the major jazz outlets.

George Evans first thrilled Toronto jazz audiences in 1999 when he launched his second album “I’m All Smiles” at the Top o’ the Senator. He went on to appear there with regularity through the launch of his fifth album “Movie Songs’ in 2005. Over the years George became familiar to audiences at home through frequent appearances on TVO, Bravo, and CoolTV, and through his many sessions and concerts for the CBC. George Evans was the founding member of The Three Crooners, and in 2004 he selected, sequenced, and produced the successful “Here Come The Boys: a Canadian Crooner Collection” for Maximum Jazz and Universal Music Canada.

George appears this time in the setting with which he is most comfortable: a quartet of piano, bass, drum, and guitar. A sympathetic instrumentation that evokes most of his recorded performances, this is the first time Vancouver audiences will have the opportunity to hear George in this fuller context. We hope you’ll be there.

Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5
George Evans Quartet
George Evans (vocal), Tony Foster (piano), Rene Worst (bass), Bernie Arai (drums), Bill Coon (guitar)
Cellar Jazz / Vancouve

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