Evan Christopher is a New Orleans-based clarinetist and composer. His performances and recordings preserve and perpetuate the tradition of the New Orleans clarinet style, with influences from greats like Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon and Barney Bigard. After meeting the clarinetist Tony Scott at a Rome night club, Evan Christopher asked him for an autograph. Scott wrote “Good luck on ‘Clarinet Road.’ Lots of curves!” Evan Christopher has been going down that road ever since.
Gainesville, Georgia was a recent stop along the way; where this interview was recorded in the “before hours” piano bar of a hotel. We invite you to listen to an interview with a man who takes the calling of being a jazz musician very seriously, yet all the while remains humble and relatable.
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