William John Evans (better known as Bill Evans) (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was one of the most famous and influential of 20th-century American jazz pianists. His use of impressionist harmony, his inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, and his syncopated and polyrhythmic melodic lines influenced a generation of pianists, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett, and his work continues to inspire younger pianists such as Fred Hersch, Esbjörn Svensson, Bill Charlap, Geoffrey Keezer, Lyle Mays and many others, as well as other musicians such as guitarists Lenny Breau and Pat Metheny.
Bill Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, to a mother of Rusyn ancestry and a father of Welsh descent. His father was an alcoholic. He received his first musical training in his mother's church.
His mother was an amateur pianist with an interest in modern classical composers. This led to Evans's initial musical training in classical piano at age 6. He...
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Bill Evans died in New York, New York, United States
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Bill Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Union County