About Bill Evans
Bill Evans started on the piano at age six, eventually parlaying his skills into gigs at dances and weddings before he graduated from high school.
∙ He attended Southeastern Louisiana University on a flute scholarship and earned bachelor’s degrees in piano and music education in 1950.
∙ Just after college graduation, Evans joined a band led by Herbie Fields that backed Billie Holiday on tour.
∙ In 1958, Evans joined Miles Davis’ sextet, which also featured John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley.
∙ In 1959, he performed on and wrote music for Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and played piano on most of Chet Baker's Chet.
∙ He collaborated with Tony Bennett on two albums: 1975’s The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album and 1977’s Together Again.
∙ He posthumously won Grammy Awards for two different albums: 1979’s We Will Meet Again and 1980’s I Will Say Goodbye.
BORNAugust 16, 1929