Prior to releasing four albums of his own original music, composer/arranger John Evans had been best known for his work with saxophonist David Sanborn on the RIAA certified gold, Grammy-nominated album, HIDEAWAY. Evans composed and co-penned with Sanborn, the tune that became the single release for the album.
This past year, Evans released four successful music videos. One of them, "All I Wanna' Do is Dance" has already received over one million views on YouTube.
Born in New York City, Evans started piano lessons at age four. A few years later, John saw the movie "The Benny Goodman Story" and was inspired to learn how to play the clarinet. He went to the school band teacher hoping to check out a clarinet, but, as luck would have it, everyone else had seen the movie the day before and there were no more clarinets. The band teacher told John that they only had one alto sax left, so John started playing alto. In the sixth grade, he switched to tenor sax and continued playing tenor for nearly twenty years, studying briefly with Clifford Jordan in the late sixties.
Evans served in the US Army with a tour in South Korea as an entertainment specialist, booking USO shows, playing in combos and doing shows for the troops in isolated areas. He started showing an interest in the electric bass. Completing his tour of duty, he returned to New York (1970), he continued freelancing on tenor.
Finding it difficult to earn a good living playing saxophone in Manhattan, Evans switched to electric bass and almost immediately was working full time. Prior to becoming a free-lance recording musician, John held the bass chair for a series of shows on Broadway...The Original Godspell...The Magic Show with Doug Henning...Evita...and some lesser known shows.
Studied composition and arranging. Evans has composed, arranged and produced music for Sports Illustrated and Time Life.
Worked with David Sanborn on the RIAA, Certified Gold, Grammy Nominated, Hideaway album. Evans composed and co-penned "Creeper" with Sanborn. It was the tune that became the single release from the album.
Formed The John Evans Band. They were fortunate enough to be one of the New York bands that often played at Mikell's, a well-known musicians' hangout at that time. Hiram Bullock, Paul Shaffer, Steve Jordan, Clifford Carter, Doane Perry, Lou Volpe and other session musicians were, at times, a part of the band.
Played Late Night with David Letterman. The Late Night band at the time was Paul Shaffer, Steve Khan (who was filling in for Hiram Bullock), Steve Jordan and Evans (who was filling in for Neil Jason), who was subbing for Will Lee.
Moved to Los Angeles. Worked with Elliott Randall, Cornell Dupree, Jeff Baxter, Tom Pierson's Big Band and a host of others.
Evans now lives with his wife, writer and lyricist, Sandy Evans, in Texas. He has just finished his fourth John Evans & Dream album, "Night Flower") on Studio Records.
Quote: "I guess you could say that I play jazz for people who don't know what jazz is."
Personnel for John Evans & Dream: Annagrey (vocalist), Rosana Eckert (vocalist), Jennifer Perryman (vocalist), Ron Jones (saxophones & flute), Larry Spencer (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Timmons (electric guitar), Brady Mosher (electric & acoustic guitars), Johnny Hooper (electric & acoustic guitars), Chuck Rainey (on "The Winding Road" and "Postcard from the Moon", albums)(electric bass), Gene Glover (congas, timbales & percussion), Mike Collier (drums & vocal on "I Was a Fool" on "The Winding Road" album), John Evans (piano, keyboards, & electric bass).