(featured guest with the Avalon Jazz Band and Wycliffe Gordon & Friends)
EVAN CHRISTOPHER combines immaculate taste, virtuosity, and enthusiasm with a commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities in the New Orleans clarinet tradition. His highly personal brand of "contemporary, early jazz" strives to extend the legacies of early Creole clarinetists such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, and Barney Bigard. Critics remarking on Christopher's dynamic expressiveness have coined his style "close-encounter music" (The New York Times) and have called his respect for the music traditions of New Orleans, "a triumph, joining the present seamlessly to a glorious past." (The Observer UK). Christopher frequently appears as a guest with forward-looking groups, such as the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and the jazz composer guild, NOLA ArtHouse Music. He is also featured on New Orleans-based artists' recordings in various genres as a featured soloist.