Evan Christopher combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to exploring the full range of possibilities of the New Orleans clarinet tradition. His highly personal brand of « contemporary early-jazz » strives to expand the unique musical vocabulary created by early Creole musicians such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, and Barney Bigard.
Christopher’s journey on Clarinet Road began in 1994 when he left his native California to join the New Orleans music community. Diverse work included gigs with musicians such as Al Hirt or veterans of Preservation Hall to funk and brass bands including the Nightcrawlers and Galactic until he accepted regular work with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio, Texas in 1996. For nearly three years, he appeared nightly as their featured clarinetist and recorded several of their syndicated radio programs, Riverwalk: Live from the Landing.
When Christopher returned to New Orleans, published research and presentations on the New Orleans clarinet style initiated pursuit of a Masters degree in Musicology at Tulane University. He also began producing his « Clarinet Road » series of CDs (STR Digital) and touring internationally. Other recordings have found him alongside many New Orleans artists including Big Al Carson, Duke Heitger, Irvin Mayfield, Uncle Lionel Battiste, and Tom McDermott. After the the Federal levees failed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005, he accepted an artist residency in Paris at the invitation of the French government and formed his current group, Django à la Créole. This Europe-based quartet fuses Gypsy Swing with New Orleans grooves and rhythms of le monde Créole. Three CDs for (Frémeaux & Associés) « Django à la Créole » 2007, « Finesse » 2010, and LIVE 2014 have all gained critical attention and earned the group a worldwide reputation for its elegant, acoustic character.
His new album, » A Summit In Paris », recorded in Paris with the famous gipsy guitarist Fapy Lafertin will be released in mid-november 2019 out on Camille Productions.