George Evans

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Canadian jazz vocalist George Evans has been called "a ballad's best friend," and with very good reason. He sings the great jazz and pop standards with "knowledge, skill, artistic sensibility, and an easy grace only long practice and natural talent could provide." "Few interpret lyrics as well and none do it better." George combined his innate love of lyric with a "great set of pipes, a good amount of style, and a sparkling improvisational ability," to be hailed by critics as "one of the freshest jazz voices on the Canadian jazz scene." A nationally recognized recording artist, George Evans has released six critically praised albums, including the popular “From Moment To Moment” [2001] and the award nominated “Eyes For You” [2002].

First surfacing in the late-'80s in the cabarets of New York City, George Evans went on to study and work in the fertile Montréal art and music scene of the '90s. There he gained notoriety as a vocalist, and respect as an authority on popular song. George became a fixture on Montréal radio, and for the better part of a decade, performed in the clubs before eventually venturing westward toward English Canada in 1999. Known nationally since the Toronto launch of his second disc, "I'm All Smiles," George Evans has become one of the city's most celebrated and beloved interpreters of standards and jazz.

On stage, George Evans conveys a warm presence, an easy charm, and an offbeat sense of humour that audiences find disarming. Though clearly a jazz musician, George's work is deeply rooted in the New York cabaret tradition. His cabaret influences include such distinctive performers as Bobby Short, Sylvia Syms, and Julie Wilson, each of whom championed the art of communication through interpretation of lyrics, and the patter they used to present the material at hand. This intimate and direct approach to performance is what has long set George apart from the many fine vocalists on the Canadian scene, and audiences tend to agree.

A recognized music archivist, George has been tapped a total of eight times to select and sequence for Verve Records in the US. In 2004 he created the unusual “Here Come The Boys: a Canadian Crooner Collection,” and his fifth solo album “Movie Songs,” both for Maximum Jazz and Universal Music Canada. As a writer, George's column “Vocalizing In Jazz” was a regular feature of Planet Jazz Magazine, a promising international publication. In 2006 George Evans reactivated his career stateside with his first NYC cabaret run since the 1998 season, appearing at Danny's Skylight Room, following Blossom Dearie as the late show in April and May.

In 2006, George Evans once again toured Canada in support of his sixth solo effort, "Bewitched,” (from M-Swing Records and Festival Distribution) making stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, among other destinations. He continued to expand his horizons in 2007, performing in duo with longtime friend Mary Foster Conklin both in Toronto and NY-Manhattan in a jazz/cabaret piece entieled, "Night Songs For City Dwellers." See the performance schedule to catch George at his home base, or at a venue near you.

Known events for George Evans:
19-Apr-2006 - Danny's Skylight Room
20-Apr-2006 - Danny's Skylight Room
21-Apr-2006 -
Danny's Skylight Room
12-May-2006 -
Cellar, The
13-May-2006 -
Cellar, The
25-May-2006 -
Danny's Skylight Room
26-May-2006 -
Danny's Skylight Room
27-May-2006 -
Danny's Skylight Room
01-Nov-2008 -
Laurie Beechman Theater
02-Nov-2008 -
Laurie Beechman Theater

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