Bill Evans' Soulgrass and Guests to Play The Blue Note, 2/26-3/3
His follow-up to that widely acclaimed project found him pushing the envelope a little further in the hybrid direction on 2008's The Other Side of Something. "It's an extension of Soulgrass...so it seemed like a very natural thing for me to do." Evans returned to the studio to produce and record the third Soulgrass album Dragonfly, his latest effort, in 2011. Of the record, Evans says, "This CD is a melting pot of styles that work very well together. I have been working with banjo together with the guitar for over six years and, at this point, we have created our own sound. It is Americana-meets-soul-meets-jazz in a new kind of way. There are no boundaries here."
A member of Soulgrass since early 2006, banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh has explored the stylistic potentials of the banjo and electric banjo for over 20 years. The immensely talented drummer Josh Dion simultaneously sings and plays drums like only he can do, in his own unique and soulful way. Both he and Bill co-wrote many of the new songs on the new CD, Dragonfly. Fresh from touring with his own band, Cameroonian electric bassist Etienne Mbappe wears black silk gloves when he plays and got his start with the Zawinul Syndicate. New Yorker Mitch Stein is best known for his work with David Sanborn, The Brecker Brothers, and Steve Kimock. It is this combination of style and talent that make Soulgrass what it is.
Club Policies: Doors open at 6pm nightly. Reservations highly recommended - available online or by calling the club at (212) 475-8592. Reservations held no later than 30 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is first come, first served. We DO seat incomplete parties. American Express Preferred Seating available at www.bluenotejazz.com. Full dinner menu available and full bar with all premier liquors, domestic, and international beer available nightly. There is a $5 food/drink minimum per person, per set. No reservations are accepted for the bar - it is only available at the door, the night of the show.