Gil Evans Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

Thu, 11 Oct 12 8:00 PM

Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrate the legacy and music of one of the most significant arrangers in jazz. Gil Evans (1912-1988) worked as a pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader for more than half a century. He played a key role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz and jazz fusion, creating music for artists ranging from Claude Thornhill and Tommy Dorsey to Jimi Hendrix and Sting. Evan's classic recordings with Miles Davis ("Birth of the Cool," "Miles Ahead," "Porgy and Bess" and "Sketches of Spain") are among the great collaborations in 20th century music alongside the work of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine.

For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.


  • Oct 10: "For Sale" by Garret Lee Milton
  • Oct 11: School of Public and International Affairs Symposium
  • Oct 12: JMU Athletics 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner