$15 Cover, Cash Bar, No Drink Minimum
SOPAC is excited to launch the new "In the Loft" series - consisting of blues, jazz and Midtown Direct concerts set in an informal club cafe atmosphere in the SOPAC Loft. A casual, affordable and fun concert series featuring up-and-coming musicians and seasoned professionals, the "In the Loft" series offers an up-close perspective on today's blues and jazz musicians as well as Midtown Direct Rep.
Evan Sherman, drums
Steve Nelson, vibes
Yotam Silberstein, guitar
Russell Hall, bass
A native of New Jersey, Evan Sherman began playing the drums at age five, inspired by Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. At eleven, Evan toured through France and Switzerland with the Sussex County Youth Orchestra and by age thirteen, he was immersed in jazz. He spent four years as the principle drummer with The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, playing every Sunday at the Jazz Standard and for various children’s charity events. During high school, Evan also attended prestigious summer programs including the Vail Jazz Workshop, Brubeck Jazz Colony and Litchfield Jazz Camp. At age 15, he was already working with top musicians around the New York area.
Evan was selected for the Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2010 and again for 2011, performing at events surrounding the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Over two years, Evan recorded two CDs at Capitol Records, appeared on CBS’s “The Talk”, and performed with James Moody, Hubert Laws, Anthony Wilson, Kenny Burrell, and 2011 Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding.
Also in 2011, Evan was named a winner in jazz at YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts; and was named a candidate for Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
He has played at many venues in the New York area including Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz Standard, Smalls, Smoke, Fat Cat, The Kitano, Blues Alley (Washington DC), Grammy Museum, LA Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow, Russia) and The Jazz Cruise (Caribbean). He has performed with many of the world’s top jazz musicians including: Anat Cohen, Kenny Burrell, Cyrus Chestnut, Bob Cranshaw, Ray Drummond, Benny Green, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Hubert Laws, John Lee, Russell Malone, Branford Marsalis, James Moody, The New York Voices, Tim Ries, Helen Sung, Esperanza Spalding, Mark Whitfield, Steve Wilson, and many others.
When Evan was thirteen years old, guitarist Mark Whitfield introduced him to the great drummer, Neal Smith. Since their first lesson, Neal has continued to be a lifelong teacher and friend. Lewis Nash has also been an extremely inspirational mentor in Evan’s life. In 2009, Nash and bassist, John Clayton, chose Evan to attend the prestigious Vail Jazz Workshop, a program that only accepts two student drummers per year. Evan has also studied with Kenny Washington, Winard Harper, Gregory Hutchinson, Willie Jones III, John Riley and Justin DiCioccio.
Recently, Evan has been performing regularly with his own band, as well as groups led by renowned bassist, producer, and founder of Jazz Legacy Productions John Lee, Cyrus Chestnut, Johnny O'Neal, Emmet Cohen, Michael Dease, and many others. In 2011, at 18 years old, Evan made his debut performance with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and in 2012 with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band conducted by Roy Hargrove, featuring Jimmy Heath, Antonio Hart and many other giants of music.