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Evan Shay Standards Band

Evan Shay is a saxophonist, director, composer, photographer and videographer based in Montreal, QC. Originally from Seattle, Washington, he moved to Montreal in 2010 where he completed his undergraduate and master’s studies in jazz performance at McGill University. He studied there with Remi Bolduc, Chet Doxas, John Hollenbeck, Chris McCann and others.

His first solo album was released in 2014, an EP titled Homeward. In 2017, Evan was named one of the “35 Best Canadian Jazz Artists Under 35” by CBC Music. His band Lawful Citizen released a self-titled EP in 2017 and an album Internal Combustion in 2018.

In 2019, Shay attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, where his identity as a director really began to take shape, learning from people such as HPRIZM, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey and Steve Lehman. On October 30, 2020, he released his first solo album New Normal.

Evan Shay- Tenor Sax
Allison Burik- Alto Sax
Gentiane MG- Piano
Levi Dover- Bass
Mili Hong- Drums

Youtube video: “Autoroute”

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