A three part series telling the story of one of the most important composers, arrangers and bandleaders in modern jazz, Gil Evans.
"I don't play jazz music" Gil once said, "I play popular music: the music of the times".
Looking back over a career that spanned six decades, it's clear to see Gil never stood still but continued to make vibrant, imaginative music throughout.
A self-taught pianist, Gil helped revolutionise the sound of the big band in the 1940's through his work with the Claude Thornhill orchestra.
After a key meeting with Miles Davis, he then masterminded the sessions now known as "The Birth of the Cool" and went on to record a series of classic collaborations including "Miles Ahead", "Porgy and Bess" and "Sketches of Spain".
Always on a quest for new musical colours, his latter day big band embraced electronics readily and even recorded an album of Jimi Hendrix songs.
'Sketches of Gil' is presented by saxophonist and Evans collaborator David Sanborn and features exclusive interviews with the following Evans alumni: Lee Konitz, Gunther Schuller, Wayne Shorter, Creed Taylor, Howard Johnson, Billie Harper, Anita Evans and Maria Schneider.
Plus there will be archive interview material of Gil Evans himself.