Bill Evans Jazz Festivalopens April 29 at SLU

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with a festival in his honor.

The 12th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the deceased seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate, considered the most influential jazz pianist of his generation.

Sponsored by Southeastern’s Arts and Lectures Committee, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this year’s festival includes three events that are free and open to the public and features renowned saxophonist James Carter, one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation.

Carter began playing saxophone at age 11, first recorded with a Detroit student ensemble in 1986 and, by 1991, had recorded with legendary trumpeter Lester Bowie. Carter is credited with helping propel jazz into the future over the past 25 years.

The festival will include:

For more information, email Southeastern Saxophone and Jazz Instructor Richard Schwartz at

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