(Royal Room) As I have said many times before and will say many times in the future, one of the most talented pianists in jazz history is Bill Evans. His importance and impact is profound. Not only did he bring the beauty and sensitivity of French impressionism to modern jazz, he did this without losing, compromising, or sacrificing the original soul of jazz. Meaning, Evans employed the technical devices of classical music without being what the writer and composer Gunther Schuller called Third Stream. Evans kept the roots of his piano all blues. For tonight's Piano Starts Here, a series curated by Wayne Horvitz and Tim Kennedy, four local pianists—Dave Peck, Randy Halberstadt, Nelda Swiggett and Joe Doria—will, through solo performances, interpret the gentle genius of the great Bill Evans.