With his debut CD released in April 2008, Evan Knight is the composer, artist and engineer on 'Reminiscence'. With this first release at the age of 22, Evan's 10 original compositions showcase his proficiency on alto, tenor and soprano sax as well as keyboards. This debut CD has earned rave reviews from ejazznews, smooth jazz therapy and smooth jazz network. Evan's smooth jazz style is filled with emotion while his funky and R&B side offers electrifying grooves. The measure of Evan's talents can be verified on Rock the Boat and also the title track where he does all of the instrumentation and programming.
With his first professional performance at age 12, Evan has 10 years of performance experience under his belt. He hails from Syracuse, New York where at the age of 11, he first picked up the sax. As Evan's middle school music instructor, and then private instructor for several years, David Frateschi introduced him to the world of jazz. Honing his skills further, Evan also studied privately with highly sought after Syracuse saxophone clinician, Gerald Santy.
Evan's musical influences encompass a wide range from Prince, to Michael Jackson to David Sanborn and Gerald Albright. With that, it was likely that Knight would be attracted to R&B tinged contemporary jazz.
By age 16, Knight was already fronting The Evan Knight Band and performing at various Jazz Festivals. At that same time he was playing sax with the group After FX that has since become one of Central New York’s best known funk, soul and R&B units.
At age 18, Evan won the Star Search Competition aboard the 2004 Warren Hill Smooth Jazz Cruise. His win afforded him the opportunity to perform on stage with Chieli Minucci. Also at age 18, Evan composed his first song, the title track of his debut CD, Reminiscence.
Since the release of Reminiscence, Evan's music has expanded beyond the borders of the USA. It can now be heard in Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Canada.
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