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Don't miss the chance to see this genre-bending hybrid of all-stars called Toxic Monkey featuring saxophonist Bill Evans, guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather, keyboardist Steve Weingart, top bassist Will Lee and drummer Keith Carlock.

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Bill Evans / Steve Lukather Toxic Monkey w/ Steve Weingart & Will Lee
Bill Evans, saxophones
Steve Lukather, guitar
Will Lee, bass
Keith Carlock, drums
Steve Weingart, keyboards

Bill Evans and Steve Lukather are teaming up at the Blue Note with a brand new all-star band they call Toxic Monkey with keyboardist Steve Weingart, bassist Will Lee and drummer Keith Carlock. "Toxic monkey represents the no holds barred concept of out of control semi-restraint," Evans says, "or in some circles it’s called OCSR. We thought the name really captures this band. It's not a fusion of anything. It's some musicians who come from different backgrounds who like to create music together. Everyone adds their own spice to the mix."

"I met Steve Lukather while doing a rock & roll project in Germany a few years ago," says Evans. "I was amazed at the freedom of expression that Lukather has on the guitar. Very few guitar plays play with as much passion and fire as he does." Will Lee and Keith Carlock, whose chemistry Evans describes as "totally unique," hold down the bass and drum chairs. Steve Weingart was introduced to Evans by Lukather. "Weingart is one of the secret weapons of the keyboard. Amazing player," says Evans.

Fronting the group along with Evans is guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger and multi-Grammy award winner, and Musician's Hall of Famer, STEVE LUKATHER. Born in Los Angeles on October 21, 1957, Lukather was enamored with the guitar at an early age. In 1976, Jeff Porcaro and David Piach asked 19 year-old Lukather to join their band Toto.

1982 was a banner year for both Toto and Lukather; Lukather made major contributions to Michael Jackon's famed Thriller album (over 50 million copies sold), and the band's album Toto IV, featuring classics "Rosanna" and "Africa," went platinum and garnered a slew of Grammy awards. Over the next three decades, Lukather continued to be the driving force behind the band's success. In total, Toto has sold over 30 million records.

In 1998, Lukather teamed up with Larry Carlton for a tour of Japan, which resulted in the Grammy award-winning live album No Substitutions, released in 2001. Lukather's most recent release, titled “ All's Well That Ends Well,” is a recording he calls "his best work." It will be available in February, 2011.

In addition to his successful solo career, Lukather is also known as one of the world's top session guitarists, his sound instantly recognizable on recordings by legendary musicians such as Don Henley, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Van Halen, to name a few. He has appeared on over 1,200 recordings, 200 of which are gold or platinum records.

It is no surprise that BILL EVANS has been called a renaissance man more than once. He has explored a variety of musical settings that go well beyond the confines of traditional jazz. Beginning his career with Miles Davis at the age of 22 (Bill appeared on six recordings with Davis), followed by John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and Mick Jagger, just to name a few.

This set the tone for multiple Grammy nominations, culminating in his Soulgrass Band, a powerful and eclectic blend of quintessential American styles. His 2006 Grammy nominated Soulgrass CD, featuring Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglass, Victor Wooten among others, is a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of American styles. The 2007 follow up The Other Side Of Something pushes the Soulgrass genre even further. Bill's 2009 release called Vans Joint features the Grammy award-winning WDR Big Band from Cologne, Germany.

The spring of 2010 found Bill touring Japan and Asia With the Randy Brecker/Bill Evans Soulbop Band which featured Steve Lukather and Robben Ford. Bill then teamed up with guitarist Robben ford and toured the summer European music festivals of 2010 with the Bill Evans/Robben Ford Soulgrass Meets Blues. Bill is also heard on the 2010 release The Allman Brothers Band Live at the United Palace Theatre, NYC.

Both Evans and Lukather's versatility and unique, all-inclusive approach to music represent the concept behind Toxic Monkey: "I personally get inspired by fresh music thats full of passion," says Evans. "No one holds back in this band. If you are in the room when we play, you can't help but feel the energy emanating from the bandstand. Sometimes its rock and roll, sometimes funk, sometimes jazz. Life is too short for boring music!”


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