September 15th “Bill Evans Time Remembered”

Art & Music

Bill Evans by artist Richard Boigeol      www.richardboigeol.com

 

September 15th  /  1980

For many years I ‘ve approached the anniversary ( of Bill’s ascension ) with a great deal of loneliness in my heart, for no one else was experiencing Bill’s death as an exhalted transcendence as I had.  I  knew in my heart that this was  what was happening for Bill,  under that golden September sun, 36 years ago. It was a release  from his suffering, an  un-tethering of his soul.  And when I felt his expansive presence in the Michelangelo clouds over the George Washington Bridge, I was witnessing his soul taking flight.

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Pure Transcendence.

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Over the years ,  I’ve  witnessed a dramatic change in the culture of our  understanding of death and spirituality, and I have been able to share this  experience with those who are ready to listen. And so it is profound to me that on this date in time, September 15th / 2016 a “Celebration of Love”  for Bill has taken place on the the anniversary of his Death.

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book-signingLaurie Verchomin greeting jazz fans

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September 15th / 2016

“Bill Evans Time Remembered”

                         – a jazz documentary by Bruce Spiegel

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Bill Evans Tribute

with live music by

The Miles Black Trio

featuring Dave Robbins on Drums & Darren Radke on Bass

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capilano-jazz-students-arrivingJazz students arriving

 

 

Capilano BlueShore Theatre

The Blue Shore Theatre at Capilano University

 

 

From my invocation to Bill…

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“Bill possessed a number of  “keys”. These keys were embodied in his gigantic talent and in his soul. These keys were able to unlock the depths of listener’s hearts; and in doing so, allowed the listener to enter a world of transcendental beauty, of overpowering poingancy, and enable them to discover their own soul”

  – Quote from guitarist/composer John McLaughlin

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I ‘ve had the  opportunity to do this through my study of Bill and his music and  know many of you have as well.  Tonight  I’m sure , will be a very personal evening for everyone

About Bruce Spiegel tonights film producer

I first met tonight’s film producer Bruce Spiegel, in 2008 when he came from NYC (for the weekend ) to my home on the Sunshine Coast to interview me for his project.  This was probably one of the first times I had had the chance to talk about my experiences with Bill.

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We got together again in September of 2010 at my book launch in New York and I got to see the first footage of the film. I knew it would be powerful because Bruce had Bill narrate the film. This came about through  Bill’s friendship with the  great poet Bill Zavatsky, who had the foresight in the late 70’s to interview Bill on tape in hopes of writing a book about him someday. Bruce’s use of these tapes follows Bill’s story line in a sublime  weaving of music and story telling.

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I’m very honored to be here tonight to share it with you.

 

Listen here for the live set with

The Miles Black Trio

(recording courtesy Miles Black’s iphone)  

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setting the stage

Bassist Darren Radke  & Laurie

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The Miles Black Trio

 

jazz-fans-discovering-my-bookJazz fans discovering my book

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Close to 300 people attended. A special gathering of jazz students, musicians, jazz lovers and Bill Evans fans. A few fans came up from the Bay area of San Fransisco, including chromatic harmonica player Neil Adler who  joined my crew as an usher and sat in on an astounding version of “Blue and Green” with the Miles Black Trio.

 

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violinist-blaine-dunawayViolinist Blaine Dunaway and Laurie Verchomin

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Thank you to the Miles Black Trio, Jared Burrows of the Capilano Jazz Studies Department, the students, the lovely staff here at the BlueShore Theatre, Lisa, Sandra and Lawrence and  thank you to you the listeners for opening your hearts.

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p1040984 My Jazz Crew

lA very big thank you to my jazz crew Paula Luther, Erica Snowlake, Laurie O’Byrne  and the ever enthusiastic Neil Adler for help in the creation of this event.

In Memory of Bill Evans

August 16th 1929 – September 15th 1980

#billevansPhoto of Bill Evans by Leon Terjanian 1980

 

“And while it is also clear – given the extreme suffering he experienced in his drug abuse – that through his sublime art he allowed us to experience this suffering as  victory for beauty, for marvelous sensuality and the fundamental tragedy of life – without which life would be absurd.”

   –  guitarist/composer John McLaughlin

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4 Comments

  1. Bruce Branigan

    Thanks for posting the pictures of the 9/15 rememberance ceremonies, videos & the Miles Black Trio set. By way of saying thanks, here is the set list for the 7 posted tunes.
    1. Peri’s Scope
    2. The Peacocks @ 3:15
    3.Time Remembered @ 7:03
    4. Five @ 10:26
    5. Blue in Green @ 14:35
    6. Laurie @ 17:46
    7. 34 Skidoo @ 22:45
    Times are approximate start times, tune list was only partially announced.
    Thanks again,
    -Bruce

    Posted September 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  2. Laurie

    Thanks Bruce!
    I thoroughly enjoyed the whole vibe!
    I think the second tune is B minor Waltz, not Peacocks.
    Although Bill made many tunes his own, Peacocks was penned by Jimmy Rowles.

    Posted September 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  3. Dr. Julia Rose

    It was wonderful to see this tribute to Bill, this many years out. I am an old lady now but, he has lived in my heart and is the essence of my playing, most all of my entire life. I first met Bill at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit Michigan. I was astounded to see a face somewhat different from his pictures – more of a flat face, different from those thin collegiate pictures with the black glasses, that I expected to see. But, what a pianistic influence. I thought that he was playing just for me that day, since he knew how much I appreciated him.
    I was also disappointed that he was not recognized in the Ken Burns History of Jazz. Not even mentioned I believe.
    Anyway, thank you for the tribute, it was wonderful to see. I was looking to purchase the book,, The Big Love, it doesn’t seem to be available. Is there somewhere specific where I could purchase it?
    Thanks again.

    Posted December 3, 2016 at 7:46 am | Permalink
  4. Laurie

    Bill’s Legacy lives on in his music and the hearts of those he inspires. I am so grateful for the brief time we spent together in this lifetime and look forward to our next lifetime together.

    Posted December 6, 2016 at 9:15 am | Permalink