Born: December 9, 1985 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Evan started playing sax at the age of 10. At 16, Evan played nationally for several years with Benny Mardones and the Hurricanes. He was the Star Search winner on Warren Hill’s first annual Smooth Jazz Cruise where he also performed with nationally recognized guitarist, Chieli Minucci. Evan has performed at Lincoln Center in NYC as lead alto sax player in the 315 All-Star Jazz Band. He has performed at numerous Upstate NY venues and festivals as the lead soloist in the Evan Knight Band. Evan has also performed in his hometown of Syracuse, NY with bands such as After FX, Atlas, The J Project, The Blacklights and UAD.
Now with the release of his debut album, Evan is on the brink of making his mark in the contemporary jazz genre.
A very impressive debut recording from a very talented Evan Knight, “Reminiscence,” a pulsating first-rate recording of Smooth Jazz, is definitely bound to get critical acclaim from jazz critics and audiences alike. This album marks the entrance of a new breed of Smooth jazz artist, one with potential to change the scenery a bit. - Edward Blanco; ejazznews.com
Given the uncertainty that currently permeates the smooth jazz scene, it is immensely encouraging to discover the new fresh talent of Evan Knight. - Denis Poole of the UK; smoothjazztherapy.com
Evan Knight's debut CD full of passion. - Mark Bialczak; CNY music critic