SongVault Artist Profile
Michigan, United States
Smooth Jazz / Cool Jazz
Evan Garr is an up and coming violinist in the Jazz and Fusion arena. Although prominently being locally known in the Detroit area and throughout Michigan, his vision of the jazz violin, like his predecessors, has taken him abroad.
Garr was born on December 28, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan. In a way, he was born into a musical family. His father played trumpet during grade school and his mother played piano; however, neither stuck with it. Garr is the first in his family to go far with a musical instrument.
Although being classically trained, Garr grew up listening to jazz. Heavily influenced by his family’s love for jazz, Garr began teaching himself the essence of jazz after only four years of formal training. After leaving the classical field and its instruction, Garr found himself playing jazz at different functions and venues throughout Detroit and its surrounding areas. One day, at a concert given by world renowned violinist Regina Carter, his uncle’s smooth talk gained him the privilege of playing on stage with Carter the very next day at a Jazz instructional concert given at Cass Technical High School. He was given the opportunity to play one song with her, in which he definitely left his mark. Later on, he was asked to perform at a ceremony in Comerica Park the night before it opened to the public.
Garr has recently played in a concert at the Henry Ford performing arts theater. Some years earlier, he also had the privilege of taking lessons with jazz violinist Jerald Daemyon and as he puts it, “the extraordinary rare privilege of meeting and talking with Jean-Luc Ponty.” After hearing a demo CD about 3 years ago, Mr. Ponty, via e-mail, told Garr that he was “a promising player”, however he encouraged him to continue to find his own style. With years of work, an interesting vision and a recent CD release, the world will see that Evan Garr has done just that. After recieving a personal copy of "The Chill Out Album" and DVD clip of one of Evan's performances Mr. Ponty would agree with this conclusion, in which he says, "I really like it!"