Joel Evans

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Jazz - General | San Francisco, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 19,942   
Member Since: 2003
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Benny Carter, Henry Mancini, Neal Hefti, & the great American Songbook


Hollywood blockbusters, hip indie films, network or daytime dramas: Joel Evans is the go-to guy for music that rings with romantic realism. The hit film Wedding Crashers ranks among Evans' highest profile music usages, but with over 300 television episodes and 60 big screen credits there's no shortage of exposure for Cinemasters, Evans' burgeoning library of custom music that spotlights swing, jazz and big band.

Evans studied composition & Flute at Cal State University at Hayward. After graduation he performed with a series of groups, but he quickly realized the fortunes of a jazz flautist were capricious at best. A stint on piano backing Bobby Freeman ("Do You Wanna Dance") took Evans to Tahoe and Reno, and watching the rock godfather reiterate the same patter night after night inspired him to improvise.

Possibly his best training ground came from performing regularly in upscale hotels. Life imitates art; in the film Rumor Has It, as Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston share an intimate conversation in a hotel bar, the Joel Evans Combo paints the aural backdrop.

Unlike many instrumental composers, Evans also co-writes complete songs. "Until it Happens to You" from Mini's First Time provided an improbable soundtrack to a fight scene with stars Jeff Goldblum and Alec Baldwin.

A self-professed team player, Evans enlists first call musicians who can deliver the requisite tones; veterans like Bernadette Peters' favorite bassist, Mario Suraci and David Rokeach from the Ray Charles band; seasoned authorities who helped invent the genres his compositions reference. Co-writers like Nashville-based Lisa Aschmann and pop/theatrical writer Adryan Russ add to the sterling credibility of the songs.