The first INHOUSE concert in August is another within the Piano Series and features pianist Steve Christofferson and saxophonist David Evans.
Pianist Steve Christofferson performs in clubs and jazz festivals around the world. He toured Europe with the Alan Jones Sextet, and performed in China with Mia Nicholson. He's worked with Jim Pepper, Kurt Elling, Karrin Allyson and many others. Steve plays piano with exemplary depth and warmth, and creates his signature sound by doubling on melodica, which he makes a surprisingly poignant tool for improvisation as well as for lead lines. Christofferson lays down graceful chord structures on piano, filling in atmospheric washes or subtly funky solos, thickening the tonal palette with the melodica's distinctive blend of innocence and yearning.
Saxophonist David Evans began playing professionally around the Southeast in his early teens. A scholarship to Loyola University brought him to New Orleans in 1984, where he played with national acts like Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many others. From 1986 to 1994, David was musical director on board the National Historic Landmark steamboat Delta Queen, performing as well as preparing special programs on different periods of American music for groups from The Smithsonian, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and backing special guests like B. B. King and Mose Allison.A resident of Portland, Oregon since 1994, he has performed or recorded with Dan Balmer, Mel Brown, Steve Christofferson, Dave Frishberg, Tom Grant, Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King, Joe La Barbera, Glen Moore, Randy Porter, Todd Strait, Jay Thomas, The Chuck Israels Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra and many others.
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