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LSU Jazz Ensemble to Perform Newly Discovered Works by Noted Composer Gil Evans at April 4 Performance

04/02/2012 03:20 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Jazz Ensemble will be part of jazz history this week, performing newly discovered works by Gil Evans, a composer, arranger and bandleader pivotal in the formation of cool jazz and jazz fusion.


On Wednesday, April 4, the jazz ensemble, with guest conductor Ryan Truesdell and guest performers, presents the “Gil Evans Centennial Project,” which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Evans’ birth. The LSU Jazz Ensemble will perform music written throughout Evans’ career for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley as well as some pieces that were never recorded.


The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the Claude L. Shaver Theater, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.
Currently, Truesdell is embarking on an extensive project, in cooperation with the Evans family, to unearth and bring to light some of the lesser-known music of Gil Evans. Truesdell discovered more than 40 works of Evans that were never before recorded or released.


Concert guest soloists will include saxophonist Wess Anderson and trumpeter Brian Shaw, a professor at the LSU School of Music.


In celebration of the upcoming centennial of Evans' birth, Truesdell will produce a record of the very best of these previously unreleased works, to be released on May 13, which would have been Evans’ 100th birthday, through ArtistShare. To follow the process of this recording or for more information, please visit


To purchase tickets to this event, call the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts box office at 225-578-5128, or buy tickets online at





Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations