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Mannes College of Music/New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music Performance)
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art & the Performing Arts - Music Performance Major, Regents Diploma
2000-2013 - Member of NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton & Euphoria Appears on 12 Chico Hamilton CD's with guest collaborations from: Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones), Jamoe (Allman Bros.), John Popper (Blues Traveler) Eric Shenkman (Spin Doctors), Shuggie Otis, Fontella Bass (Rescue Me), Arthur Lee (Love), NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Cheatham, George Bohannon, David "Fathead" Newman (Ray Charles). 2008 - Semifinalist, Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition
2006 - Performed for President Bill Clinton at New School University Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, Lincoln Center, NY, NY
1996 - Performed for President Bill Clinton at his 50th birthday celebration, Radio City Music Hall, NY, NY.
1995-1996 - Member of New York All-City High School Jazz Band
1993-1996 - Member of New York All-City High School Concert Band
I had a very unique opportunity to be mentored by the legendary drummer/bandleader/NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton. I spent a lot of time with him on and off the stage. I was observing and loving all of these moments on tour and in the studio. I learned so many things from him, most importantly what it means to be a teacher. In order to teach, one should never stop learning. As a result, I consider myself a student of music, life, and the world. have been performing for 25 years, and I learn something new every day.
My first student was a NYC firefighter that I met in October 2001 right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was looking for a way to distract himself from the experience that he had gone through. Working with him and seeing how simply playing a note on the saxophone changed his vibe and relaxed him, I realized that music truly heals. Since then, my approach has been to get to know my student well and discover how I can help them enjoy the learning process. I believe that music should be enjoyable.
I first ask the student to play so I can hear him/her. After a student plays a short piece of music of their own choosing I can determine what the next step is. Each student has his/her own individual needs.
In general though I focus on 3 key elements:
1) Sound quality
2) Technical dexterity (how the fingers deal with the twists and turns of the instrument)
3) Reading Music
If a student has a specific genre of music that he/she wants to focus on then I mainly concentrate on that. For example: I have had students approach me from day 1 saying "I just want to learn jazz improvisation." In that case We would focus on that and mix in a little bit of the above mentioned elements.
I would best describe my teaching style as "Learn how to have fun playing music, simply." I am thankful for being blessed with an ability to hear how my student plays and quickly and accurately prescribe a simple fix to get over hurdles.
Sometimes all it takes is looking at things a different way to realize something and clear up confusion. Just like in life, sometimes with music all it takes is your teacher saying something a different way or helping you look at the music from a different angle. I feel that this is one of my strengths: helping my student to see the solution quickly and easily so that everything makes sense.
Evan is a friendly and patient teacher. He has been teaching me and my son flute online and in person for years. My son usually having a hard time to focus, but he has been very patient and helping my son to follow gradually. My son and I enjoyed lessons a lot! Highly recommended teacher!
Saxophone lessons with Evan have been great! Coming to the instrument in my late 30s and now into my 40s I had doubts as to whether or not I could learn the sax. Evan's lessons are clear cut, concise, simple and he makes them fun! I can play the instrument confidently now and I look forward to more. Thank you.
Evan has a Very positive and welcoming energy. I really enjoy his lessons.
An experienced, accomplished teacher with a great attitude.
Evan is an unquestionably talented musician and a fantastic teacher. I have fond memories of the two of us sitting on my couch in my Brooklyn apartment talking jazz and the (then to me) mysterious and beautiful instrument, the saxophone. He is patient, amiable, and apt in his lesson designs and explanations--a natural teacher. Highly recommend!
I really enjoy our sax lessons. Evan is a great teacher and a great guy! Online lessons are fun too now that we can't meet in person these days.
Evan is a very thoughtful teacher. He has been teaching my son online and in person for years. Every time he came he started with a nice conversation with my son and made him happy to play. He is very patient with my kid while he is teaching. His lessons are very effective even online I can see the progress! Highly recommended teacher!
Online lessons are the way forward in our troubled times. The perfect cure for cabin fever is taking a lesson via the internet with this brilliant teacher
Evan is a very friendly and patient teacher. He taught my daughter how to play the flute from age 9 and she played all through high school teaching the top of the class. Evan made the lessons with my daughter fun and simple. He helped my daughter reach her full potential. Thank you!
Evan has been my woodwinds teacher for 6 years. I couldn’t recommend him more highly! He’s very professional, patient and has a true love for teaching and sharing his knowledge and love of music. An added bonus is that he’s a really nice guy!
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