Bill Evans

1929 - 1980

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William John Evans (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly played in trios. His use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, "singing" melodic lines continues to influence jazz pianists today. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1929, he was classically trained at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Mannes School of Music, in New York City, where he majored in composition and received the Artist Diploma. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bill Evans has received more than 2,216,927 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Bill Evans is the 116th most popular musician (down from 108th in 2019), the 694th most popular biography from United States (down from 602nd in 2019) and the 32nd most popular American Musician.

Bill Evans is most famous for his work as a jazz pianist. He is known for his work with Miles Davis, and for his trio recordings with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian.

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Among musicians, Bill Evans ranks 116 out of 2,675Before him are Fernando Sor, Ritchie Valens, David Oistrakh, Karl Thomas Mozart, Cliff Richard, and Ravi Shankar. After him are Neil Young, James Last, Till Lindemann, Fritz Kreisler, Tony Iommi, and Don Shirley.

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Among people born in 1929, Bill Evans ranks 39Before him are Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Francis Gary Powers, Murray Gell-Mann, Babrak Karmal, and John Cassavetes. After him are James Last, Rudolf Mössbauer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Chespirito, Zdzisław Beksiński, and Jean Simmons. Among people deceased in 1980, Bill Evans ranks 33Before him are Óscar Romero, Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia, Gregory Bateson, John Bonham, Hans Morgenthau, and Hans Asperger. After him are Seretse Khama, Marcelo Caetano, Alejo Carpentier, Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Marian Rejewski, and Alexander Oparin.

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Among people born in United States, Bill Evans ranks 694 out of 15,968Before him are Jonas Salk (1914), H. H. Holmes (1861), Francis Fukuyama (1952), John Goodman (1952), Robert Altman (1925), and Dennis Tito (1940). After him are Vincente Minnelli (1903), Dashiell Hammett (1894), Estée Lauder (1906), Martin Cooper (1928), Ed O'Neill (1946), and Hugh Everett III (1930).

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Among musicians born in United States, Bill Evans ranks 32Before him are Lou Reed (1942), Benny Goodman (1909), Buddy Holly (1936), Glenn Miller (1904), Alice Cooper (1948), and Ritchie Valens (1941). After him are Don Shirley (1927), Ray Manzarek (1939), Lady Gaga (1986), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Ice-T (1958), and Dave Brubeck (1920).