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The Jackson Evans Band ~ Celebrating Sergio Mendes
July 3 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
TWO CONCERTS NIGHTLY ~ 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM
Guitarist Jackson Evans will be joined by bassist/vocalist Maggie Evans, percussionist Ron Wiltrout and pianist Jonathan Lovett to celebrate the music of Sergio Mendes.
Jackson Evans is a staple of the Low Country jazz community. He is known for his partnership with bassist and singer Maggie Evans and leading his own trio, but can also be heard with the Jody Espina Trio, the Martin Lesch band, and occasionally as a guest with the gypsy-honkytonk outfit, Velvet Caravan. His style is energetic, rhythmic, and draws deeply from the jazz tradition while maintaining a quirky individualism culled from the influence of other music.
Jackson holds a Bachelor of Music from Utah State University in his hometown, Logan, Utah. After graduating in 2004, he and Maggie relocated to Savannah, Georgia and began to establish themselves as performers. In 2013, the couple were invited to perform a six month residency at the prestigious JZ Club in Hangzhou, China as co-leaders of a quartet (a follow-up to the previous year in residence at another club in Hangzhou).
As an ardent supporter of music education, Jackson has maintained a private studio, taught in community settings, and mentored young musicians. He is an active member of the Jazz Education Network and was selected to present at their 2018 conference in New Orleans.
Outside of his performance schedule, Jackson is a faculty member at the Hilton Head Jazz Camp, serves on the board of directors for the Junior Jazz Foundation, and works for Benedetto Guitars as Customer Relations Manager, Sales Manager, and Marketing Director.
Born in Texas and raised in the mountains of Utah, Maggie Evans is a creative powerhouse. She was formally trained as a classical pianist, studied French horn in high school and discovered bass as a teenager in her brother’s punk band. She later added voice studies to the list while pursuing an MFA in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design where she is now an adjunct professor in foundations. Her obsession with Brazil and its music has been a key factor in shaping her sound-her voice is constantly compared to that of Astrud Gilberto. As a bassist she has worked with countless groups in many styles but Maggie specializes in the music of Latin America: Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, etc.
In addition to her work as a musician and teacher, Maggie has a career as a gallery artist. She holds the BFA in Illustration from Utah State University and an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. For 2011-2012 she was awarded a position as a visiting scholar at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.