Bill Evans’ Soulgrass featuring Steve Kimock, Tim Carbone and Jeff Pevar; Monday, September 9, 2013


Bill Evans’ Soulgrass featuring Steve Kimock, Tim Carbone and Jeff Pevar
Monday, September 9
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“…a supergroup of virtusoso musicians…” – NPR

Following in the footsteps of his former bandleader/mentor Miles Davis, saxophonist Bill Evans has always pushed the envelope, presenting an adventurous and bold mix of jazz, rock, and pop elements, with a funky backbone. Evans stepped into further adventurous territory with his 2006 Grammy nominated release Soulgrass, blending jazz, funk, and bluegrass into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles. The band’s 2011 Dragonfly album continues to blend the intricacies of bluegrass and jazz with the attitude and power of rock. Special guests, guitarist Steve Kimock (Zero, The Other Ones); violin/mandolin player Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth); and guitarist Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills and Nash) lend their talent to the project this time around.

Illinois-born Evans honed his craft studying with the legendary Dave Liebman, and kicked-off his career at the age of 22, playing with Miles Davis on stages across the globe.  His time with the iconic trumpeter proved an ideal starting block for an explosive career, and he has since released nineteen solo albums and has appeared, as a sideman, on hundreds of albums…not to mention the hundreds of concert dates that he plays each year.

Although he’s devoted most of the past twenty years to playing clubs and festivals across Europe, Evans has recently begun to shift more concert dates stateside. Despite his jazz schooling, he’s commonly seen playing with some of the giants of the rock and jam-band scene, such as Phil Lesh & Friends, Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Govt. Mule, Blues Traveler and the Tedeschi/Trucks Band. These impressive credits lineup nicely with jazz collaborators like Herbie Hancock and Randy Brecker, as well as Americana legends such as Willie Nelson and Bela Fleck. As this lineup of collaborators shows, Evans’ quest to play and blend all genres sets him apart from many of his contemporaries.

Hailed by Jerry Garcia as “his favorite unknown guitarist,” Steve Kimock has been a staple of the Bay Area jam-band scene for decades. Kimock’s ability to articulate tone, melody and emotion into music combined with technical brilliance has earned Kimock the title “Guitar Monk”(Relix Magazine) for his commitment to guitar, and his ability to make it speak with its own original voice. Kimock co-founded the jazz/rock fusion band Zero in the 80’s, KVHW in the 90’s and now tours under his own name. He has performed alongside the likes of Bruce Hornsby, John Cipollina, Jerry Garcia and all members of the Grateful Dead, as well as Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Buddy Miles, Buddy Cage, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Elvin Bishop, George Porter Jr., Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, Ivan Neville, Grace Slick, Warren Haynes, and many more. A relentless innovator as well as player, Kimock’s focus leads to guitar & amp craftsmanship. Over the past few years, he collaborated on a series of highly collected custom Two-Rock “Kimock Amplifiers” as well as a coveted ergonomic Scott Walker brand guitar (made in Santa Cruz) – built in stereo.

On violin Tim Carbone is a master of his instrument. Carbone has been a member of the progressive bluegrass band Railroad Earth since its inception in 2001. On occasion he plays electric guitar as well. Whether you’re looking to get lost in a jam-filled Americana smorgasbord or just sit back and relax to a good old bluegrass melody that brings a fresh blend of flavor, Railroad Earth never disappoints.

Jeff Pevar is a guitarist, composer, producer, performer and multi-instrumentalist who has brought his unique style on stage and/or in the studio to such world renowned artists as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh and Friends, Marc Cohn, Jennifer Warnes, Laura Nyro, David Foster, Rickie Lee Jones, Jazz Is Dead, CPR (w/ David Crosby & James Raymond) and many others.

“I don’t think people have really heard anything like Soulgrass before, to be honest…[and] it is truly a homecoming of sorts, playing in the state and to promote out [new album] Dragonfly,” states Evans. Get ready to boogie to this grassfused-fused jazz. Dance space will be available.

Bill Evans’ Soulgrass featuring Steve Kimock, Tim Carbone and Jeff Pevar

DATE: Monday, September 9, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

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