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Bill Dobbins Trio featuring the Music of Bill Evans

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by Mark Subel on July 23, 2013

Professor Bill Dobbins of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, will perform live at the Bungalow Jazz home of Becky Ogden on Sunday July 28th at 7pm. Joining Bill will be local musicians Andy Woodson on bass and Jim Rupp on drums.

Bill teaches the jazz composing and arranging courses and directs the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Or- chestra. From 1994 through 2002 he was principal conductor of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, and headed the jazz studies department at the Hochschule fu?r Musik from 1998 to 2002. He continues working there as guest con- ductor, as well as with the Metropole Orchestra in Hilversum, Holland.

As a classical pianist, he has performed with ensembles under the direction of Louis Lane, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss and Frederick Fennell. He was a prizewinner in the 1972 Gaudeamus International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music in Rotterdam. As a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, he has collaborated with such well known artists as Clark Terry, James Moody, Chuck Israels, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, Al Cohn, Eddie Daniels, Dave Liebman, Kevin Mahogany, Peter Erskine, Gary Foster and the Kings Singers.

Mr. Dobbins’ publications with Advance Music include Jazz Arranging and Composing: a Linear Approach, A Creative Approach to Jazz Piano Harmony and How to Play Piano in a Big Band. Books of jazz piano transcriptions include Chick Corea: Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Herbie Hancock: Classic Jazz Compositions and Piano Solos, and Clare Fischer: Alone Together/Just Me. Recent CDs include The Visit, with John Goldsby (Bass Lion) and J.S. Bach: Christmas.

For those of you wondering which Bill Evans compositions the trio will be performing, Bill has kindly supplied us with the program:

Comrade Conrad
Very Early
Time Remembered
These Things Called Changes
Turn Out the Stars
Show-Type Tune (Tune for a Lyric)

Intermission

Since We Met
Remembering the Rain
Laurie, Bill Evans Maxine
Letter to Evan
One for Helen

Bill Dobbins, piano
with Andy Woodson, bass
Jim Rupp, drums
The Music of Bill Evans
Bungalow Jazz
Sunday, July 28, 7:30 PM

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