March 18, 1919 – November 10, 2015
Gordan Evans (alto and baritone saxophones, copyist) was born March 18, 1919. He was an original member of Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band when it was formed in 1979, and as lead alto saxophonist is still, by Galloway’s description the “anchor man” in that 17-piece band. Evans is a veteran of a number of famed big bands including those led by Billy May and Sam Donahue. He was a featured soloist on the recently-released Blue Reverie (Sackville) CD, the last CD recorded at the Montreal Bistro & Jazz Club in Toronto before its close. He performed in “Sound of Toronto Jazz” concerts with Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band on February 12, 1979, and as Musical Director for Reeds and Rhythm on January 12, 1981.