Bill Evans

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Bill Evans
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Background information
Birth nameWilliam John Evans
Born(1929-08-16)August 16, 1929
OriginPlainfield, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedSeptember 15, 1980(1980-09-15) (aged 51)
GenresJazz, modal jazz, hard bop, Third stream, Cool Jazz
OccupationsPianist
Composer
Arranger
InstrumentsPiano
LabelsRiverside Records
Verve Records
Fantasy Records
Associated actsGeorge Russell
Miles Davis
Cannonball Adderley
Philly Joe Jones
Scott LaFaro
Paul Motian
Eddie Gomez
Marty Morell

William John "Bill" Evans (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was an American jazz piano player. His career lasted 25 years. He was known for playing close groups of chords in his left hand, while playing melodies with his right hand. He was also known for playing in groups that featured him, a bass player, and a drummer. The groups dealt more with interaction and group-improvisation than jazz bands before them.