On Saturday, June 4 the popular series Sessions at Steinway continued with saxophonist Evan Cobb as the featured guest. The event took place at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville.
Host and interviewer for this performance was Craig Havighurst, noted music journalist and host of Music City Roots.
Joining Evan for the Session at Steinway were Joe Davidian (piano), Jonathan Wires (bass), and Derico Watson (drums).
The program included a mixture of originals and standards by Evan and the band. Led by Havighurst, a seasoned journalist and interviewer, the conversation gave a revealing portrait of the development and career of this busy young artist. Along the way, those in attendance got some insight into how one makes a career in music in this city, and the role jazz plays in the life of Nashville. Look for a podcast in the very near future.
A New Jersey native, Evan Cobb’s musical studies began at an early age and included oboe, piano, and saxophone. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago, studying both oboe and saxophone and earning a certificate in jazz studies. After six years playing jazz in Chicago. Evan headed back to the east coast to attend SUNY Purchase, where he received a Master’s Degree in jazz, studying with jazz greats including Eric Alexander, Todd Coolman, Jon Faddis, Grant Stewart, Ralph Lalama, John Riley, Steve Wilson, and Javon Jackson.
Since making Nashville his home in the fall of 2008, Evan has worked with myriad ensembles and styles including the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, JD Souther, and Aretha Franklin. Cobb keeps a large studio of private students of the saxophone, oboe, flute, and clarinet, heads the Nashville Jazz Workshop Summer Jazz Camp, and leads the monthly jam session at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
Evan’s debut CD, Falling Up, was released in 2011 and a new CD, Hot Chicken, has just been recorded and will be released in the near future.
Sessions at Steinway is modeled after the award-winning series Inside the Actors’s Studio, and was conceived by saxophonist and TJBS Vice-President, Rahsaan Barber. It offers audiences the rare chance to hear unique and personal accounts of life both on and away from the stage. The “sessions” will include short performances and a Q&A segment for audience interaction.
The Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville us located at 4285 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.