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Joel Evans Bio

Hollywood blockbusters, hip indie films, network or daytime dramas: Joel Evans is the go-to guy for music that rings with romantic realism. The hit film Wedding Crashers ranks among Evans’ highest profile music usages, but with over 350 television episodes and 85 big screen credits there’s no shortage of exposure for Cinemasters, Evans’ burgeoning catalog of custom music that spotlights swing, jazz and big band.

“My dad used to play piano by ear, “ the Northern California-based composer and musician recalls. “My folks came from the Midwest where my dad played with small dance bands. My mom insisted we have a piano in the house and that I practice even though I longed to out and play baseball. “ He recalls that hearing Debussy in high school provided an early epiphany. “I couldn’t believe the orchestration - how he’d turned dreams into sound.” Mentored by a former radio pianist who encouraged his ear training, when Evans repaired an old FM radio the airwaves delivered another revelation: the improvisations of Erroll Garner.

Taking up flute, Evans enrolled in studies at Cal State University East Bay. After graduation he performed with a series of groups, but he quickly realized the fortunes of a jazz flautist were capricious at best. “We did one gig where our earnings didn't even pay off our bar tab,” he notes wryly. A stint on piano backing Bobby Freeman (“Do You Wanna Dance”) took Evans to Tahoe and Reno, and watching the rock godfather reiterate the same patter night after night inspired him to improvise.

Possibly his best Film & TV training was performing regularly in upscale hotels. Life imitates art; in the film Rumor Has It, as Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston share an intimate conversation in a San Francisco hotel bar, the Joel Evans Combo paints the aural backdrop.

Unlike many instrumental composers, Evans also co-writes complete songs. “Until it Happens to You” from Mini’s First Time provided an improbable soundtrack to a fight scene with stars Jeff Goldblum and Alec Baldwin “trying to kill one another, with my Sinatra style swing thing in the background,” laughs Evans. He notes that one of his most unexpected inclusions was in the gritty rock and roll noir film, Sugartown, where his sweet song, “Moody” played behind, as he delicately phrases it, “The depiction of an act of love. But it fit the scene.”

A self-professed team player, Evans enlists first call musicians who can deliver the requisite tones; veterans like Bernadette Peters’ favorite bassist, Mario Suraci and drummer David Rokeach who toured with the Ray Charles band; seasoned authorities who helped define the genres his compositions reference. Co-writers like Nashville-based Lisa Aschmann and pop/theatrical writer Adryan Russ add to the sterling credibility of the songs.

Evans confides that the key to his success has simply come by exploring the sounds and styles he most identifies with: the wealth of classic American music. “I do excavate that mine; it’s like a vein of gold.”