Piano Jazz

Bill Evans on Screen at Alphabet City

The documentary Bill Evans: Time Remembered gets a special showing in Pittsburgh, Tuesday March 6 at 7pm at Alphabet City. The film's creator, Bruce Spiegel, is a Pittsburgh native. He's come back to share the film and hold a Question and Answer session afterwards.

Film Director Bruce Spiegel came to his love of jazz early, and recalls times hearing jazz greats at the Crawford Grill and the Hurricane as a youth. Television and film became his career, and he then spent decades in New York City, including many years with the CBS program "48 Hours."

Still, Spiegel had more stories to tell, and the hard-to-know Bill Evans became a mission. 8 years and more than 40 interviews later, Spiegel has shaped a new understanding of one of the most influential pianists in modern jazz. 

As Spiegel told WZUM's Scott Hanley, there were many stories to hear from a wide variety of people in Bill Evans' life, from family to friends to musical legends. Several of those legends have since passed, making some of these insights even more valuable and poignant. 

Paul Motian, Billy Taylor, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Jim Hall, Bill Charlap, Eric Reed, Bob Brookmeyer, Chuck Israels, Warren Bernhardt, Marty Morell, Gene Lees, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Peacock, and Joe LaBarbera are just some of the people that Spiegel talked with as he learned more of the story of Evans' life, his influence and his great personal struggles.

Alphabet City will host a screening of Bill Evans: Time Remembered, presented by the director of the film, Bruce Spiegel. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director.  

RSVP free tickets at  http://www.alphabetcity.org/events/bill-evans-time-remembered/