Blackand white photo side-profile of Gil Evans looking over his right shoulder with white background

Photo courtesy of Metronome/Archive Photos

Gil Evans - A Centennial Tribute
Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

October 11, 2012 Friday @ 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


“Among the finest 20th-century orchestrators in any musical genre, a unique bandleader and a singular personality” - Jazz Times

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 band leader 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.

Ticket prices: $14–$15. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $6 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. One ticket per ID. Student tickets not available online. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.

Mailing Tickets/Will Call — Tickets that are ordered more than two weeks in advance of a performance will be mailed to the address on file. Ticket orders received less than two weeks prior to a performance will be held for pick-up at Will Call at Wilson Hall Auditorium.

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