As the foremost jazz orchestrator of the modern era, Gil Evans, with his brilliant grasp of instrumentation and dynamics has been a profound influence on several generations of arrangers and composers. Perhaps best known as Miles Davis’ partner on classic albums like Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches Of Spain, Evans also recorded vibrant and important albums under his own leadership.
Ian Ernest Gilmore Green was born on May 13, 1912, in Toronto, Canada, the son of Margaret MacChonechy and a father he never knew. Early in life, he was given his stepfather’s surname, and became known as Gil Evans. His stepfather was a miner, while his mother worked caring for the children of rich families or preparing meals for... Read More