Clarinet master to play, teach at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 19 February 2014

TROY - World renowned clarinetist Evan Christopher will meet with music students, offer a master class and perform a concert this week at Troy University.

Christopher will join faculty members in a jazz concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. in Claudia Crosby Theater, after having conducted a jazz history lecture with students in John M. Long Hall at 11 a.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

“Evan Christopher is one of the best jazz clarinetists in the world,” said Dr. Timothy Phillips, associate professor of clarinet. “Having him here will be an incredible experience for our students.”

He will l ead a clarinet master class for TROY students on Thursday.

Christopher's journey on Clarinet Road began in 1994, when he left his native California to be a part of the New Orleans music community. His work included gigs with musicians such as Al Hirt, veterans of Preservation Hall to funk and brass bands including the Nightcrawlers and Galactic until he accepted regular work with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio, Texas in 1996. For nearly three years, he appeared nightly as their featured clarinetist and recorded several installments of the band’s syndicated radio program, “Riverwalk: Live from the Landing.”

Christopher began his musical training on clarinet at age 11. In high school, he received the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award and was one of the first graduates of the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy. He continued studies at the University of Southern California and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach. Published research and presentations on the New Orleans clarinet style initiated pursuit of a master’s degree in musicology at Tulane University.