Composer, arranger, and producer Ryan Truesdell was
voted Best New Artist in the 2012 JazzTimes Critics' Poll and is best known for
his award-winning Gil Evans Project. In his pursuit to restore and perform Evans' music
directly from his original manuscripts, Truesdell discovered more than 60 new,
never-before-recorded pieces, 10 of which were released on CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered
Works of Gil Evans in honor of Evans' 100th birthday. Unanimously praised by critics,
CENTENNIAL received three nominations and won Evans a posthumous 2013 Grammy Award
for Best Instrumental Arrangement. Truesdell will release the Gil Evans Project's sophomore
album, LINES OF COLOR: Live at Jazz Standard, on February 17, 2015 on the Blue
Note / ArtistShare label. By recovering and performing these lost works, Truesdell has
filled in essential missing pieces of Evans' rich musical narrative, expanding the legacy
of one of jazz history's most revered composers and arrangers.
A skilled composer and arranger in his own right, Truesdell has been commissioned by
trumpeter Ingrid Jensen with the USAF Band of the Pacific and pianist Frank Kimbrough with
the University of Minnesota's Jazz Ensemble, in addition to writing a new piece for Bob
Brookmeyer's 80th birthday concert at the Eastman School of Music. He was also awarded the
First Music commission from the New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Band Classic in 2009.
Truesdell has distinguished himself as an invaluable resource in the studio, beginning in
2004 as production assistant for Maria Schneider's Grammy Award-winning record Concert
in the Garden. He co-produced Schneider's critically acclaimed 2007 album, Sky
Blue, and traveled to Germany in 2010 to produce Bob Brookmeyer and the NDR Big Band.
In addition to producing the Gil Evans Project's albums, Truesdell is currently
co-producing Schneider's forthcoming release, The Thompson Fields.
Truesdell is an in-demand clinician and guest artist, working with the highly regarded
programs at the University of North Texas, University of South Florida, New York
University, and Humber College. In 2012, he embarked on a multi-concert project with the
musicians of the Eastman School of Music, performing nearly 150 of Gil Evans' historic
Gil Evans Project
Established in 2011, the Gil Evans Project has
quickly become one of today's premier modern large jazz ensembles. Born out of
composer-producer Ryan Truesdell's desire to restore and perform Gil Evans' music directly
from his original manuscripts, Truesdell's research led him to discover more than 60 of
Evans' works that were never recorded. With the Evans family's blessing, the Gil Evans
Project is the only ensemble currently performing these rare or never performed works
exactly as Evans intended.
The Project's 2012 debut album, CENTENNIAL: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans,
received unanimous praise from critics, earning three Grammy nominations and the 2013
Record of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. The album won Evans a posthumous
2013 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for his 1947 arrangement of "How About You."
CENTENNIAL was also named one of the top 10 albums (any genre) of 2012 by The
New York Times, one of the top 10 jazz albums of the year by NPR, and the No. 1 jazz
album by the Sunday Times in London. The Gil Evans Project additionally earned the
titles of Best Large Jazz Ensemble in 2013 from the Jazz Journalists Association and Rising
Star Big Band by the DownBeat Critics' Poll in 2014.
Since its inception, the Gil Evans Project has stunned audiences with Evans' timeless
music at many world-class venues and festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival (Rhode
Island), the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival (Illinois), and Jazz Standard (New York City).
The ensemble's upcoming appearances include concerts at the Krannert Center for the
Performing Arts, The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and the Harmon Fine Arts Center.
Tonight's performance marks the Gil Evans Project's Carnegie Hall debut.
The Gil Evans Project's highly anticipated sophomore album, LINES OF COLOR
(currently in post-production), was recorded live this past May during an annual week-long
residency at Jazz Standard. Featuring 11 of Evans' works, LINES OF COLOR will be
released in February 2015 on Blue Note / ArtistShare, a new partnership formed
between the two groundbreaking labels. For more information, visit