Moores Jazz Festival Features Sax Man Bill Evans

Bill Evans has played with the best of the best. The veteran sax player has jammed with Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, Herbie Hancock, Willie Nelson and John McLaughlin among many others. Soon, Evans will pair his talents with the rising stars of the University of Houston's Moores School of Music (MSM) Jazz Orchestra.

Evans and the ensemble are the artists performing at the 11th Annual UH MSM School Jazz Festival, which runs Feb. 20 - 21.

This annual festival features concerts that dazzle Houston jazz fans. It also offers UH music students the unique opportunity to perform with and learn from a seasoned pro.

Since its debut in 1999, the festival has become a much-anticipated event at the university bringing in jazz stars such as Blood, Sweat and Tears trumpeter Lew Soloff, late sax master Michael Brecker, trumpeter Randy Brecker and sax player Kenny Garrett.

Guest artist Evans' career kicked off in the early 1980s when he earned a spot in Miles Davis' band. His distinctive sound helped re-energize Davis' career and is featured on his albums "The Man with the Horn," "Decoy" and "We Want Miles."

Evans has collaborated with straight ahead jazzmen and rock artists. Recently, he has experimented with blending jazz and bluegrass. Working with artists such as banjo expert Bela Fleck, Evans' recent albums, including 2005's Grammy-nominated "Soulgrass," have captured the imaginations of audiences and critics.

For more details on the festival, visit To purchase tickets, call 713-743-3313.

WHAT: 11TH Annual MSM Jazz Festival
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20: Texas Music Festival Jazz Project in concert
7:30 p.m., Feb. 21: Bill Evans performs with the MSM Jazz Orchestra
WHERE: Moores Opera House
University of Houston – Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204
WHO: UH Moores School of Music