The Bill Evans Legacy Organization

Portrait of Bill Evans by Mauro Modin, oil on canvas, 100 x 100 centimeters

Portrait of Bill Evans by Mauro Modin

The Bill Evans Legacy Organization

The Bill Evans Legacy Organization was formed in April of 2012 to serve as a meeting ground for Bill Evans fans to contribute directly to the preservation and promotion of the musical legacy of Jazz Icon Bill Evans.  The first fan I contacted was Rob Rijneke, the venerable host of   www.billevans.nl an amazing site devoted to all things Bill.  I asked him to join me on the creation of the content for this initial page I had created for facebook.  Which can be accessed here:

The Bill Evans Legacy Organization Page

Through this page I have met many artists, musicians, fans and personal friends of Bill’s. I have seen Bill immortalized in music, art, and literature. His impact on humanity continues to widen, and  I am enjoying this creative dialogue immensely.

The portrait of Bill at the top of this post is by an  Italian artist Mauro Modin, whom I had the opportunity to meet last week .  A beautiful example of the introspection that many associate with Bill.   His work can be found  here :   Mauro Modin/Studio

If you are interested in becoming a part of this organization on any level, if these thoughts and ideas  resonate with you in any way, please feel free to make suggestions  and comments below. It is my intention to create an open platform for these ideas to emerge.

A few idea’s have been presented thus far.

1. Global Bill Evans Festival.

2. Documentary film.

3. Tribute Concert to raise money for a scholarship in Bill’s name.

4. Published transcriptions of his entire recorded works by Pascal Wetzel.

5. Permanent Home for Bill’s  Piano, manuscripts, and other archives.

6. Public statue, plaque, street, park, stamp or a parking spot next to the Village Vanguard,  NYC (one of my personal favorites)

We can do them all…but I am interested in hearing more ideas.

All is Love

Laurie

12/21/12

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  1. I like all of the suggestion listed above, I’d like to see them all come to fruition. From what I’ve read and heard about Bill, he cared for others very deeply and was concerned about worldwide humanitarian issues, I could envision musicians worldwide playing benefit concerts in Bill’s honor to raise money to alleviate hunger and starvation for impoverished children. I think one of the reasons Bill’s music speaks so personally to so many people is because of his compassion for others and selflessness which definitely comes through in his music.

    Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Permalink
  2. Laurie

    Great ideas Chris!

    Posted October 4, 2016 at 9:27 am | Permalink