Evans & Rogers
Vaudeville song and dance team
Evans and Rogers are a powerhouse of two very talented personalities--jazz vocalist Sharon Evans and singer/impressionist Rick Rogers. Sharon Evans, whose vocal and musical training began before school age and goes far beyond the university years, is a classically trained singer whose desire has always been to perform as a jazz vocalist. Stepping first into Gospel music, she learned guitar, traveled in a small band and in a duo, lead choirs and served as minister of music in various churches and other religious organizations. Encouraged by friends, she began performing jazz standards in the late 1990's. She later met Dan Weinstein who became her arranger, enabling her to perform more often and book her own band. It was Dan who introduced her to the early jazz and Tin Pan Alley crowd of performers that lead her to perform at Richard Halpern’s Hollywood Speakeasy where she was introduced to Rick Rogers on opening night. Rick, an impressionist and song and dance man, began his career at age ten, performing in the style of Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor and even James Cagney. His unique talent and boyhood genius--not only as a performer, but also as a self taught entomologistlanded him on the Steve Allen Show, the Virginia Graham Show, and To Tell The Truth (as the real Rick Rogers). He has performed in USO shows and, when older, in Las Vegas lounges, and had the unique pleasure of performing at the Troubadour with Tiny Tim.
Months after Halpern’s show, Sharon and Rick met again at an Al Jolson Society event where Rick performed as Eddie Cantor. But it wasn’t until nearly a year later when Sharon and Rick were re-introduced on the telephone that plans were made to work on duets. The song they first tried, a show tune from the 1950s, was dropped when it became apparent that things were going in a different direction. With Rick’s deep love of early 20th century popular music, it didn’t take long before they became "the hottest new act in vaudeville" and the team of Evans and Rogers was born. Rick’s knowledge of the old tunes, not to mention those who performed them originally, produced one gem after another. Soon they were both contributing to the repertoire and creating their own choreography and comedic patter to go along. As a result, the combined talent, experience and drive of these two performers has produced something rare and wonderful, and completely unique, capable of delighting audiences of all ages.
The entertainment presented by Evans and Rogers has prompted attention from well known veteran entertainers such as Jayne Meadows and Herb Jefferies. They can be seen in the new documentary A Colored Life: The Herb Jefferies Story. Evans and Rogers have appeared on local radio and television shows, and performed numerous times as special guests at various events. Their popularity is growing so rapidly that their first show was a sell-out and playing larger venues has become a necessity.
Evans and Rogers are supported by Dan Weinstein as music director and arranger, and by their sponsor Glasshouse Productions who provides sound and lighting for all Evans and Rogers shows. Also with Evans and Rogers is Betty Vincent on piano, former pianist for the Joffrey Ballet, and jazz guitarist/banjo player Jason Myers. To help with producing larger shows, Dennis Leslie, theater manager and producer (An Evening with Groucho and Son with Arthur Marx), is also a part of the Evans and Rogers team.
Sharon Evans Bio:
As a jazz vocalist, Sharon Evans has worked in the Los Angeles nightclub scene, primarily alongside veteran jazz musician Dan Weinstein; first with his Groove Merchants of Venice ensemble and more recently with his Daniel Bone and the Two-Tones swing band. As guest vocalist she has performed with Grammy Award winner Billy Mitchell, Howlett Smith, Phil Crosby Jr, and many others, performing at venues such as the Ten-20 Club, Spazio, Miceli’s, the Pig ‘n Whistle, Jax, Joe’s Great American Bar and Grill, Steamers, the Muddy Moose Bar (the Sportsman’s Lodge), and The Hop. Sharon has performed at the Fullerton RagFest, the Tarzana Tunefest and the Culver City Car Show as well as on local television and radio programs. She has also performed for a number of charitable organizations such as Ex-Bound and Ted Hayes’ Dome Village. Sharon has also provided backup vocals for rock singer Cindy Alexander, pop/rock singer Esther Valentine and for singer/songwriter Tim Dismang.
As a gospel singer, Sharon traveled throughout the Midwest with a Christian rock band during her college years, and then in a duo as well as performing solo, providing her own accompaniment on guitar. She has also served as Minister of Music for a number of congregations and in various para-church organizations.
As a capable musician, Sharon has written and arranged music, and directed choirs and worship bands. For several years she directed a caroling group, The Old Town Singers, which performed a repertoire of classic sacred songs, including her arrangements of Christmas hymns.
Sharon Evans is a native of Southern California and attended college at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where she majored in music. She has been awarded the Jeanne SCMPC Angel Award by the Southern California Motion picture Council. Sharon is currently teamed with impressionist Rick Rogers in a vaudeville style song and dance act called Evans and Rogers.