Evan Mook can perform classical, jazz, and pop, solo or with any size group. He can play whatever is needed for wedding ceremonies, usually classical, as well as background music while people are arriving, and then jazz or pop for cocktails afterwards.
Listen to Evan play....
A Charlie Brown Christmas (with Mike Hawins & Jamael Nance) ~ It Could Happen to You (with Bob Bowen) ~ One For My Baby (with Walt Andrus) ~ I Wanna Be Around (with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra) ~ Nocturne in E-flat by Chopin
Evan Mook broke into the Charlottesville music scene when he was 8 years old. That was a year after he first started music lessons and giving recitals. When Evan was 14, he played Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and won first place in an area piano competition. Throughout high school he accompanied musical theater shows, two of which traveled and won first and second place in the state competitions. At this point he was also exploring other venues. He taught himself to play the guitar and bass guitar and helped lead several pop groups for which he composed and arranged music. For years, until the groups eventually disbanded when they all went off to college, they played at First Night Virginia in Charlottesville, at fund raising events, and at various clubs and restaurants.
Evan studied 20th century atonal composition at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He then went to Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Then he was a jazz studies major at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, from where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
After college, Evan played steadily, solo and with ensembles, in restaurants, nightclubs, and for private events. He accompanied several theater shows in Richmond, including “Blues in the Night” and Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” For two years he toured internationally with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He has continued to play different venues, such as Lemaire restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., the Tides Inn in Irvington, Va., and the Prism Coffeehouse, the Boars Head Inn and the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, where he now resides and teaches privately.