A Musical Documentary Remembering BILL EVANS with the


 Gary Mazzaroppi– Bass

David Cox – Drums


This screening is hosted by pianist Joel Zelnik and his trio They will perform a pre-screening concert featuring music of Bill Evans.

Film Maker Bruce Spiegel to release new documentary, “Time Remembered” of the late/great jazz pianist Bill Evans.

Bill Evans (1929-1980) was one of the most important and influential pianists and composers in the history of jazz. From the early 1950s, when he first found work as a sideman, through the dozens of albums he released as a leader, his impact has been incalculable—Evans fundamentally altered the sound of piano trio jazz forever.

Today, up-and-coming artists, inspired to tap into the innovations he brought to the music, still study his method and style. Many critics have written about Evans, many musicians have interpreted his work. He was a complex genius and a very troubled man.

But not until now has his story truly been told. Bill Evans: Time Remembered, produced and directed by Bruce Spiegel, is the first documentary film that delves deep inside the artistry of this American music legend and examines the man himself.

The great beauty of Evans’ playing, the soul of his playing, says Spiegel, “should go on for a long time. Bill Evans played with an emotion that you don’t find everywhere. Very rarely does this kind of piano playing elicit this kind of response in people. He was one of the great jazz artists of all time”.

 “Bill Evans was a complex guy and the piano was everything to him,” Spiegel says. “His love relationships ended badly. He was always borrowing money, which strained his relations with his fellow musicians. So many people talked of his addiction, and how sad they were because of it. Bill’s life as a junkie was full-time and I dealt with it accordingly because it had such an impact on his life. I wasn’t going to tiptoe around it.”

Even having completed Time Remembered, Spiegel still finds Evans to be a mystery figure. “I think there was a part of Bill that he kept hidden to himself and he didn’t allow people in to see that,” he says. “I came away feeling, who was this guy? With Time Remembered we begin to find out the many answers to that question.

Joel Zelnik can be reached at www.joelzelnik.com, 201-784-9080 and keyzj1@gmail.com.

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Time Remembered Trailer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPY2R1ZRxO4


Joel Zelnik Trio

Nov. 6th -6-10pm

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Madison Community Arts Center

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11-8- 7:30-9pm

Tickets $20 advance $25 at the door


This timely program is based on the dialogues between Joel Zelnik and Bill Evans at the “Village Gate” during the mid-1960’s.  Signature Evans works are performed, and Joel plays pieces he enjoys that show the Evans influence.


Joel had the great fortune of playing at the Top of the Gate in NYC during the mid 60’s, on Monday nights.  It was on these Mondays that he split sets with the Bill Evans Trio, and his greatness has stayed with Joel right up to the present.  Bill said to Joel,”as a musician, it’s not what you play, but how you play it.” Joel has lived that in his own piano playing no matter what style or circumstance.


Evans, born in Plainfield, NJ,  is acknowledged to be the most important innovator of Jazz Piano in the late 20th century.  Bill conveyed to Joel  a great sense of humor, laughing about their mutual experiences in New Jersey, where they grew up.  He was, and is, all that represents timeless art.


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