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Who’s the Bill Evans Cover Girl?

Bill Evans MoonbeamsOne of the albums featured in this week’s show, After the Vanguard: the Return of Bill Evans, is the 1962 Riverside LP Moonbeams. Can you name the model who posed for the cover? (Hint: she went on to greater fame in the mid-1960s with a certain artistic entrepreneur. And no fair Googling.)

I’ll post the answer Monday morning.

Johnny Griffin CongregationAnswer: The model for the cover of Bill Evans’ 1962 Riverside LP Moonbeams was Nico, who went on to fame as the femme-fatale chanteuse with Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground. And speaking of Warhol and fashion/art-world connections with jazz…before AW became king of the 1960s New York City art scene, he took a couple of jobs doing album-covers for Blue Note Records–one example at right, Johnny Griffin’s 1957 album The Congregation.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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