Harlem’s Evan Sherman is one for the members of the Queens Jazz Orchestra, which will take our stage on June 10th for Dizzy Revisited, led by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath of Corona, Queens. Evan, a drummer who is 22 years old, has performed twice before at Flushing Town Hall.
22, is one of the (22 yrs old).
Who is Dizzy Gillespie to you, and how has Dizzy Gillespie shaped your work?
Although John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie passed away 7 months before I was born, he has deeply affected my life in music. In the late 1930s, Dizzy fearlessly began to develop unique ideas of harmonic substitutions, syncopated rhythms, and Latin infusions. He significantly influenced his elders, contemporaries, and generations to come, including Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Jimmy Heath. I continue to be inspired by Dizzy’s visionary role in extending the possibilities of American modern music.
What can audiences expect to experience if they attend your performance on June 10th?
You can expect an authentic performance of American classical music at Flushing Town Hall on June 10. James Edward Heath is one of the living few who played with and was mentored by Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s, when the music was being created. It is an honor for me to perform with a band full of my heroes.
How would you describe NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath?
Mr. Heath is an unparalleled wizard of jazz saxophone, composition, arranging, and orchestration. Not only is his music uplifting and enriching, he is connected to the diaspora of holistic entertainers. I am always in awe of Mr. Heath’s youthful energy. He exudes excitement and has generously shared his wealth of knowledge with me and many of the upcoming generation of artists.