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EVAN CHRISTOPHER'S CLARINET ROAD (FRENCH QUARTER FEST)
April 22, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
Evan Christopher combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities in the New Orleans clarinet tradition. His highly personal brand of “contemporary, early jazz” strives to extend the legacies of early Creole clarinet heroes such as Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard and Omer Simeon.
His journey on Clarinet Road began in 1994, when he left his native California to join the New Orleans music community. Diverse freelance work included gigs with musicians such as Al Hirt and veterans of Preservation Hall to funk and brass bands including the New Orleans Nightcrawlers and Galactic.
In August 2005, when Federal levees failed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina decimating the city, Christopher accepted a residency invitation in Paris where he formed his quartet, Django à la Créole. This Europe-based quartet fused Gypsy Swing with Latin-tinged grooves of New Orleans and beyond and was distinguished for an acoustic intimacy paired with driving swing. Three albums for Lejazzetal (London), in partnership with Frémeaux & Associés (Paris) — Django à la Créole (2007), Finesse (2010), and LIVE! (2014) — earned the group critical attention worldwide for its elegant character.
Evan returned to New Orleans in 2008 and focused on music education, cultural advocacy as well as his original music. Original works are the high point of acclaimed recordings including Delta Bound (Arbors, 2007) featuring pianist Dick Hyman, The Remembering Song (Arbors, 2010) featuring guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, his clarinet feature on the Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Book One (2012) his fourth Clarinet Road CD, Bayou Chant & Other Textures (STR Digital, 2016) and a 2018 Chamber Music America commission entitled the Faubourg Variations.
Join us tonight for Clarinet Road’s first concert back at Snug Harbor in nearly two years!
Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road tonight features:
Evan Christopher – clarinet
Jon-Erik Kellso – trumpet
Don Vappie – guitar, banjo
Mike Esnault – piano
Brian Seeger – bass
Herlin Riley – drums
Shows at 8pm & 10pm.
Doors at 7:00pm & 9:30pm.
Restaurant is Open 6pm – 10pm for dinner before or after your showtime.
Advance Ticket-Holders can also make table reservations for dinner by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the club at 504-949-0696 between 2pm – 8pm, Thurs-Sun, after your tickets have been purchased online. All dinner table reservations must be attached to advance concert tickets. Dinner Service without Advance Concert Tickets is first-come, first-served based on availability upon arrival. Full Bar is Open 6pm – Midnight for all on show nights, with or without tickets.
Kind Reminder: Snug Harbor does not serve food inside the Music Room. Only cocktails and soft drinks are available for table service inside the Music Room, in order to preserve the integrity, quiet and focus of our world class intimate concerts. However, we encourage you to arrive 90 Minutes prior to your showtime in order to enjoy full, relaxing dinner service in the Dining Room right next door, before getting seated in the Music Room for the show. 8pm ticket holders can also enjoy dinner, dessert or appetizers after the show, with Dining Room seating only guaranteed by submitting your table request before 8pm.
All performances are currently sold at 2/3 the normal audience capacity in order to maintain a certain level of social distancing, creating an even more intimate listening experience. Covid mandates are honored with *masks now optional* for all, and seating more distanced than our usual. As announced by the City of New Orleans, as of March 24th, Snug Harbor is no longer requiring valid proof of Covid vaccination or negative test for entry.
However, with our limited seating capacity, advance tickets are strongly suggested!