Gil Evans Project: LIVE in NYC

ANNOUNCING A NEW RECORDING PROJECT!!

The Grammy-nominated GIL EVANS PROJECT will be recording more previously unrecorded works of the great Gil Evans!

Check out the new BlueNote/ArtistShare project, Gil Evans Project: LIVE in NYC, and see how you can participate and help make this recording a reality!

GIL EVANS SCORES & PARTS/STUDY SCORE PROJECTS!


Gil's music available for the first time, exactly how Gil originally intended, taken directly from his manuscripts!

Explore these exclusive, limited-time offers now!

Scores & Parts Executive Publisher
Scores & Parts Gold Participant

Study Scores Executive Publisher
Study Scores Gold Participant

Participate today and play a role in publishing this historic music!!

(Individual title offers to be released soon.)

CENTENNIAL WINS TWO JJA JAZZ AWARDS!!


CENTENNIAL and the GIL EVANS PROJECT won TWO
Jazz Journalist Association Jazz Awards!!

- RECORD OF THE YEAR
     CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans

- LARGE ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR
     Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project


A big thanks to all the JJA members and voters, and a big thank you to all the ArtistShare participants that helped make this album a reality! To see the complete list of winners and nominees, click here.

2013 GRAMMY WINNER!



*** 2013 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER! ***

HOW ABOUT YOU
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Gil Evans, Arranger



Originally written in 1947 for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Recorded for the first time in 2012 on
CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, performed by Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project.


Purchase CENTENNIAL here.

THREE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS!


A huge thank you to all the ArtistShare Participants for making this album possible, and for bringing Gil's music to life!


Hear for yourself what everyone is talking about:
Click here to purchase CENTENNIAL.

BEST OF 2012


CENTENNIAL has been chosen as the BEST OF 2012 by a variety of different sources including:

THE NEW YORK TIMES
NPR MUSIC
SUNDAY TIMES, LONDON
JAZZ TIMES
RHAPSODY CRITIC'S POLL
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
OTTAWA CITIZEN

and also received the French honor of "Coup de cœur" by the Académie Charles Cros.

Gil Evans Project @ Umbria Jazz 2012


"Umbria 2012 will be remembered for Ryan Truesdell and his Gil Evans Centennial Project."


The Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra and I had an amazing time in July performing SIX concerts at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. The opportunity to perform Gil's music in such a wonderful place, was a magical experience that we won't soon forget. It was truly life-changing.

To read Thomas Conrad's review of our performances and the rest of the festival in JAZZ TIMES, click here.

(The photo to the left is the band on stage at the stunning Teatro Morlacchi after our last concert, performing 'Sketches of Spain' and 'Quiet Nights.')

Composers - This Is For You!


Composers
, this is your chance to get a first-hand look into Gil's music, straight from his scores!

Through a series of online lessons, we'll analyze Gil's use of harmony, orchestration, the beautiful linear approach to his music, and other aspects of his writing that made his music uniquely "Gil."  You'll also have the chance to have your specific questions about Gil's music answered through an exclusive Q&A session.

This is a rare opportunity to delve into Gil's music direct from the source. Make sure you check it out today!


LATEST NEWS



*** TWO 2013 JJA JAZZ AWARD WINS! ***
     -- Record of the Year (Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans)
     -- Large Ensemble of the Year (Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project)

*** 2013 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER!! ***
     --
Best Instrumental Arrangement (How About You; Gil Evans, arranger)

*** THREE 2013 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS! ***

      -- Best Large Jazz Ensemble
      -- Best Instrumental Arrangement (How About You)
      -- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist (Look To The Rainbow)

UK JazzFM Awards Nominee - Album of the Year

"Les Coups De Coeur" from France's Académie Charles Cros


BEST OF 2012

No. 1 Jazz Album - SUNDAY TIMES, LONDON
Top 10 Albums (All Genres) - NEW YORK TIMES
Top 10 Jazz Albums - NPR Music
Top 100 Songs (All Genres) - Punjab - NPR Music
No. 4 of Top 50 Albums - JAZZTIMES
No. 3 Jazz Album - OTTAWA CITIZEN
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Release - NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
Best Debut Album (#1) - RHAPSODY CRITIC'S POLL
Best Albums (#4) - RHAPSODY CRITIC'S POLL


JAZZ JOURNALIST ASSOCIATION TOP 10 LISTS:

Francis Davis (#1 and Best Debut)
Kiyoshi Koyama (#1)
Tom Conrad (#1)
Howard Mandel (Best Debut)
Rob Johnson (#2)
Ralph Miriello
Steve Feeney (#1)
Ken Franckling (#1 and Best Debut)
Kevin Lynch (#1)




"One of the essential jazz recordings of the new millennium."
- Thomas Conrad, JAZZTIMES

"An extraordinary album… the execution is impeccable, as is the recording quality, with a depth and transparency that capture the endless nuance of the writing"

– Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES

"[Centennial] is a US national treasure that deserves a place in the Smithsonian Institute and every jazz record library. It is a Hope Diamond for everyone to enjoy often."
–  Victor L. Schermer, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Truesdell has done it right. The outcome is stunning. It is finally possible to experience all the inner detail of an Evans ensemble, and to ride aloft with the orchestra when it erupts."

– Thomas Conrad, STEREOPHILE, *****, Recording of the Month (May 2012)

"The 'OMG' jazz record of 2012”

– Jeff Simon, BUFFALO NEWS

"This is a stupendous album that deserves a "best of the year" award. When you listen, you’re in the company of geniuses."
– Ric Bang, JAZZ SCAN

"[Centennial] will no doubt be considered one of the most significant jazz releases of 2012."
– Scott Albin, JAZZTIMES

"The year's most illuminating act of jazz repertory was this bright and meticulous album by Mr. Truesdell... The playing is impeccable, as is the ensemble blend, underscoring both the composer's genius and the interpreter’s clear vision."
– Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES

"Centennial is Truesdell's loving 100th birthday present to a sadly departed giant of jazz, but it's also a gift to the world. It doesn't get any better than this."
– Dan Bilawsky, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"All this music comes together to make not just one of the most memorable repertoire albums, but quite simply one of the most memorable albums in a long, long time."
– Raul da Gama, THE WORLD MUSIC REPORT

"10 out of 10. If you don't like this, you don't like music. Buy it. Listen to it. Love it."

– Liam McManus, POPMATTERS

"[Centennial] is indeed a wondrous treasure, and Truesdell and Evans deserve the highest praise. This is absolutely essential listening."
– Chris Coulter, JAZZ HISTORY ONLINE

"The playing and singing on [Centennial] is marvelous… No matter which track grabs you ear here, you’ll dig the sonic layering and colors that emerged from Evans’ musical imagination."
– Ken Franckling, JAZZ NOTES

"10 tunes realized so beautifully and brilliantly that they should win a Grammy for Truesdell and a second posthumous Grammy for Evans."
– Steve Elman, THE ART FUSE

"It's is a major Evans disk, a triumph, a delight in every sense. Thank you for the selfless effort Mr. Truesdell, and thank you band! This is one to treasure."
– Grego Applegate Edwards, GAPPLEGATE MUSIC REVIEW



RADIO:

NPR - Newport Jazz Concert
Performance from the Newport Jazz Festival, August 5, 2012

NPR - Kevin Whitehead, FRESH AIR
Review of CENTENNIAL

NPR - Tom Vitale, MORNING EDITION
Interview about Gil's 100th birthday

WBGO - Josh Jackson, THE CHECKOUT

Interview about the Gil Evans Centennial Project, and Jazz Standard concert preview


ARTICLES:

CITY ARTS - Howard Mandel
Review of Gil Evans Project at Newport Jazz Festival - "Truesdell’s set alone was worth my trip to Newport."

ALL ABOUT JAZZ ITALY
Review of the Umbria Jazz 2012 performances (in Italian)

JAZZ TIMES - Thomas Conrad
Review of the Umbria Jazz 2012 performances

DOWNBEAT - Stephanie Crease
Article about the Gil Evans Centennial Project

JAZZ TIMES - Thomas Conrad
Article about the Gil Evans Centennial Project

I WITNESS - Ed Leimbacher
A write-up by a Bronze Participant in the Gil Evans Centennial Project

ALL ABOUT JAZZ - Victor L. Schermer
Article about the Gil Evans Centennial Project
 

ALL ABOUT JAZZ ITALY - Maurizio Comandini
Italian review of CENTENNIAL