Bill Evans on Piano Jazz NPR 1979

Born in Plainfield, N.J., in 1929, Bill Evans grew up watching his mother and older brother play the piano. At age 6, he began his own classical piano lessons, and later played flute and violin during his childhood.

After a tour in the Army from 1951-54, Evans began playing on the New York jazz scene… Evans found himself recording alongside artists such as Art Farmer, Lee Konitz and Bob Brookmeyer. Evans caught the ear of Miles Davis, who liked the pianist’s impressionistic approach so much that he asked him to join his now-legendary sextet. Though he was only with the group for a short time, Evans and Davis helped usher in modal jazz with the seminal recording Kind of Blue; Evans also wrote the liner notes for the album.