Jazz legend pays tribute to Bill Evans during gig in Taunton

One JAZZ piano legend, John Horler, will pay tribute to another, Bill Evans, in this special live masterclass taking place at Richard Huish College, Taunton.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to see one of Britain’s most acclaimed and beloved jazz pianists perform and talk about the music he loves.

John Horler and his trio will pay homage to Bill Evans, his music and the magic of the groundbreaking trio, some 60 years after the recording of the seminal album Sunday at the Village Vanguard on Riverside Records.

GYA Taunton Center Manager Rachael Parvin said: “We are proud to present the John Horler Trio on their only stop in Somerset on their South West tour.

“They will also perform at Totnes, Dartmouth, Newton Abbot, Bideford and St Ives.

“The event in Taunton promises to be extremely interesting for music lovers of all ages, as John and his musicians will discuss how a jazz trio works and deconstruct and reconstruct the music of Bill Evans.”

Accompanist and musical director of Dame Cleo Laine for 20 years and former member of Sir John Dankworth’s bands, John Horler has played with a ‘who’s who’ of modern jazz – household names like Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Maynard Ferguson , Tony Coe, Ronnie Ross, Pete King, Kenny Wheeler and Tommy Whittle.

John Horler began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music at the early age of sixteen and over many years has forged a formidable reputation on the British jazz scene.

Rising through the ranks through pub gigs and BBC Jazz Club appearances, becoming a successful session musician and regularly backing American jazz stars, John Horler is now a highly respected pianist and composer whose music can be found on Diving Duck Recordings.

John Horler will be joined in the masterclass by bassist Ron Phelan and drummer Ronnie Jones.

Ron Phelan studied bass in Dublin before moving to the UK.

He has worked with some of the nation’s finest musicians and performers on national and international tours in projects ranging from jazz ensembles to large-scale theater productions.

He currently lives in the South West of England where he divides his time between performing and composing.

Ronnie is an in-demand jazz drummer and percussionist with appearances on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and S4C.

He has toured the region with Britain’s greatest jazz musicians and performed at the Welsh Proms, the National Eisteddfod and the Brecon Jazz Festival.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m.

Venue: Guildhall Young Artists Taunton, c/o Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton TA1 3DZ.

Tickets: £20 at the door (cash/card). Book ahead by email/phone: [email protected] 07754217993.

Comments are closed.