A trumpeter of enviable chops and eclectic tastes, Peter Evans has his feet equally planted in the today’s experimental jazz and classical scenes. While jazz fans know him best for his long-time membership in the high-octane and puckish band Mostly Other People Do The Killing, as well as his rough-and-tumble Zebulon Trio, Evans is also the trumpeter in two highly acclaimed contemporary chamber groups—the International Contemporary Ensemble and Wet Ink Large Ensemble. Many of Evans’s own projects bridge the gap between these two musical worlds, including his home-bass quintet, which features downtown jazz players like drummer Jim Black and pianist Ron Stabinsky alongside live electronic processing by the composer and improviser Sam Pluta.
This Thursday, October 1st, The Jazz Gallery will present a newer project by Peter Evans that too straddles the divide between the contemporary jazz and classical scenes—a wind quartet of instrumentalists with diverse experiences. Steve Lehman is likely the most recognizable name for jazz listeners—the saxophonist and composer has released several highly acclaimed albums under his own name that combine athletic rhythmic interplay with bracing, spectral sonorities. Saxophonist Matt Nelson, an old friend of Evans from Oberlin Conservatory, was an active member in the San Francisco Bay Area experimental scene, playing with a variety of bands including the indie band tUnE-yArDs. Now a Brooklyn resident, Nelson is a member of the saxophone quartet Battle Trance and released his debut solo record last year. David Byrd is a French Hornist and fellow member of the International Contemporary Ensemble with Evans. Like Evans, Byrd has a strong jazz background (his father was a jazz French Horn player and school band director), and has played with a wide variety of groups, including the Brooklyn rock band The Lone Bellow.
This group of talented and versatile musicians will be sure to push a lot of musical boundaries this Thursday evening, and will be hopefully be the start of more exciting experimentation to come.
The Peter Evans Quartet plays The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. The group features Mr. Evans on trumpet, Steve Lehman on alto and sopranino saxophones, Matt Nelson on tenor saxophone, and David Byrd on French Horn. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for the first set, $10 general admission ($8 for members) for the second. Purchase tickets here.