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NJCU Center for the Arts Presents the Documentary “Bill Evans: Time Remembered” Plus a Pre-Screening Concert with The Joel Zelnik Trio

The Joel Zelnk Trio performs in a multimedia tribute to the great Bill Evans; photo courtesy of the artist.

On Saturday March 7, the NJCU Center for the Arts presents the celebrated documentary “Bill Evans: Time Remembered.”

The film captures the genius of the legendary pianist through interviews, rare archival footage, and conversations with great musicians such as Jack DeJohnette and Tony Bennett. The program takes place at Ingalls Recital Hall on the Jersey City campus of NJCU and features a pre-screening concert with pianist Joel Zelnik, bassist Gary Mazzaroppi, and drummer David Cox.

The film by Bruce Spiegel received 4-stars from Downbeat magazine and was eight years in the making. This vivid portrait of the jazz legend traces his life from an upbringing in Plainfield, through his tragic years of drug addiction and depression. Employing a combination of Bill Evans’ own voice and interviews with friends, family, and bandmates, Spiegel recounts the life and the music of troubled genius whose influence is still felt today.

The evening features a pre-film performance by The Joel Zelnik Trio, which features university graduate Joel Zelnik on piano. A regular performer in the metropolitan area, Zelnik shared a bandstand with Bill Evans at The Village Great in the mid-sixties and was greatly influenced by the innovator. Bassist Gary Mazzaroppi has worked with Marian McPartland, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Byrd, Mark O’Connor, and Les Paul among others. Drummer David Cox is based in North Carolina but performs frequently in the region.

For more information about these performances and to purchase tickets, go to www.njcu.edu/community/center-arts/music. The Bill Evans documentary and performance by The Joel Zelnik Trio will be in Ingalls Recital Hall which is located in Rossey Hall on the campus of NJCU. The Saturday March 7 program begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25. The parking garage entrance is on Cutler Avenue.