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Evans and Odds

Jazz and blues do the horizontal bop as William Evans looks forward and back

That preparation has paid off for the pianoman who's much in demand throughout Europe, where he tours each year and is currently shopping around recordings in solo, trio, quartet, and quintet formats. After performing with the quartet at the Riverside, Evans will share his knowledge with University of Miami masters' class students, both in performance and in a question-and-answer session. And in addition to setting students straight about the technical and business aspects of the profession, Evans will, at least in attitude, remind them of the importance of looking back as well as forward, to the humble beginnings of one of America's greatest legacies.

"The tradition of the blues is so strong," Evans re-emphasizes. "You cannot deny the influence of the blues, because it's something that comes from the way that we lived. It's spiritual. You cannot deny history. No one can."

William Evans performs at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Riverside Hotel, 620 E Las Olas Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 524-0805. Tickets cost $15.

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