Gypsy Guitar Showdown

Tickets | $15

GYPSY GUITAR SHOWDOWN

Featuring Jackson Evans and Jimmy Grant

with Ricardo Ochoa & Eric Dunn of Velvet Caravan

Eric Dunn & Ricardo Ochoa

Eric Dunn & Ricardo Ochoa

Not often enough we have the opportunity in the Lowcountry to hear two leading musicians team up for a Gypsy guitar showdown.  Our own Jackson Evans meets west coast musician Jimmy Grant on a one of a kind performance at the Roasting Room.  Call it Gypsy or call it Jazz, the compositions and sonorities both of these players will showcase, will take you in a musical journey from the 1920’s European Jazz to the modern interpretation of highly stylized American Jazz.

Jackson and Jimmy will be accompanied by two of the boys from the band Velvet Caravan.  Eric Dunn on bass and Ricardo Ochoa on violin always bring an extra layer of virtuosity and a whole lot of sense of humor to the performance. 


Jackson Evans

Jackson Evans - photo by Geoff L. Johnson

Jackson Evans - photo by Geoff L. Johnson

Jackson Evans was born in northern Utah and began playing guitar at the age of twelve. At fifteen, he attended a concert given by his first teacher, Corey Christiansen. Impressed by the performance, he decided to dedicate himself to a career as a jazz guitarist and in 2004 graduated with a BM in guitar performance from Utah State University.

After relocating to Savannah, Georgia in 2004, Jackson became known throughout the southeast as an in-demand bandleader, composer, arranger, accompanist and educator. In addition to organizing several regional tours he has performed in concert series and festivals including an appearance as a featured guest with David Lugo and Latin Jazz Motion at the 2008 Savannah Jazz Festival. In 2009 Jackson became a Benedetto Guitars endorsing artist and in 2010 went on to record his first solo album, Song Noir, featuring saxophonist Jody Espina as co-producer and performer.

In 2011 Jackson made a bold move to Mainland China with his with his wife, vocalist/bassist Maggie Evans. After leaving a strong impression at a local jazz club, the couple was invited in 2013 for a six month engagement as the featured performers at JZ Huanglou in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, one of China’s most prestigious jazz venues.


Jimmy Grant

Jimmy Grant

Jimmy Grant

Native to Northern California, Jimmy Grant grew up in a household full of rich musical influences. While his early influences also included Russian Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic and Classical, from a young age he gravitated towards the music of Django Reinhardt. He has studied with acclaimed guitarists Jim Nichols and Howard Alden, and in addition to Django Reinhardt, his other major musical influences are Bach, Benny Goodman, and Joe Pass. He has performed with artists such as David Grisman, Gonzalo Bergara, Ludovic Beier, Andreas Oberg, Tim Kliphuis, Paulus Schafer, Robin Nolan, Trio Dinicu, Rhythm Future Quartet, and the Hot Club of San Francisco, and has played at Djangofest Northwest and The New York Hot Jazz Festival. In addition to performing, Jimmy teaches private students and has been on the faculty of the Django in June Festival in Massachusetts. Jimmy also writes for “Gypsy Jazz Secrets Magazine”. He has recorded two albums under his own name, as well as on several other jazz & rock albums. Jimmy's original song “Insomnia” was a finalist in the John Lennon songwriting competition.