The Working Artist Project
About This Show
The Working Artist project is our attempt to answer questions and confront challenges that artists face on a daily basis. We are taking the time to get to know artist from every field with the intent of debunking the myths, and shedding light on the realities of the artist at work.
Most Recent Episode
The POWER of ATTRACTION with Evan Arntzen
Evan and I dove into the topic of divorce, inner peace, and transcending musical barriers.
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Evan Arntzen is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and vocalist born and raised in Vancouver BC, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Coming from a musical family, he was instructed by his grandfather, Lloyd Arntzen (also a clarinetist), who taught him traditional New Orleans jazz from the age of seven. He obtained a degree in saxophone performance from Capilano University in Vancouver and performed extensively with such groups as the October Trio and Amanda Tosoff Quartet, as well as with many of Canada’s most prominent musicians, such as Brad Turner, Ron Samworth and Dave Robbins. Since moving to NYC in January 2014, Evan has performed at some of New York’s most prestigious venues such as Town Hall, Symphony Space, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Birdland, Smalls, and the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Evan’s travels have taken him all over the United States, Canada and he has been a guest soloist at festivals in the Netherlands, France, Hungary and Japan. His long-time musical partnership with fellow west coast Canadian trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg (3-time Downbeat rising star) continues to this day. As a member of Bria’s Quintet, Evan performed at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and recorded on her most recent album featuring Ali Jackson, Stefon Harris, Reginald Veal and Aaron Diehl, released in September 2016 on Sony Records.
In New York, Evan takes part in a vast and vibrant traditional jazz scene, performing regularly with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks (Boardwalk Empire, the Aviator), Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band, and Jon-Erik Kellso’s Earregulars. In 2015 he recorded with the Nighthawks on the soundtrack to the HBO film “Bessie”, a biographical film about Bessie Smith. He is also the co-leader of the Scrub Board Serenaders, a quartet of singing, playing young musicians, possessing a unique interplay.