Gil EvansInducted in 1997
Gil Evans is one of Canada’s best-known jazz artists, even though he left the country as a teen and toiled in the shadow of giants for most of his career.
Born Gil Green on May 13, 1912, in Toronto, Ontario, he was renamed Gil Evans after his stepfather, John A. Evans, his mother’s fifth husband. Evans spent much of his youth bouncing between Canada and the U.S. as the senior Evans, a miner, bounced from job to job. Gil and his mother finally settled (without John A. Evans) in Stockton, California in the late-1920s.