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Orrin Evans

”The clear-cut best pianist of his time...” is how Hot House Magazine” described Orrin Evans in 1998, praise which was echoed again in the summer of 2002. This remarkable talent was nurtured in a household filled with music due to the efforts of his mother, a classical singer who surrounded the youngster with everything from the melodies of Puccini to the pulsating rhythms of Basie and Ellington. He learned from what he heard which is still the case today when he acknowledges such musicians as Trudy Pitts, Tim Warfield, Kenny Barron, Ralph Peterson, Edgar Bateman, Mickey Roker and Bobby Durham as inspirational guides. His formal study was at Philadelphia's prestigious Settlement School of Music under Charles Pettaway.

The New York Times described the pianist as “...a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command”, a quality undoubtedly recognized by the legendary saxophonist Bobby Watson who engaged Evans as piano chair for his band, a position he has held for six years. Orrin has recorded with Bobby on Live and Learn (Palmetto Records), Quite as it's Kept (Red Records) which features one of Orrin's original compositions “Looking in Your Eyes”. Bobby also recorded another of Orrin's compositions “Two Stepping with Dawn” on Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy Project (Sound Hills Records). Orrin has been playing with the Charles Mingus Big Band for the past three years. He has also toured with such diverse talents as the evolutionary Wallace Roney, Stefon Harris, and Antonio Hart.

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Date Detail Price
Dec22Sat
20:00
Orrin Evans & Kevin Eubanks
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
$35
Dec22Sat
22:00
Orrin Evans & Kevin Eubanks
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
$35
Jan11Fri
9:00 PM
Orrin Evans Quintet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
Jan11Fri
10:30 PM
Orrin Evans Quintet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
Jan11Fri
7:00 PM
Orrin Evans Quintet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
Jan12Sat
10:30 PM
Orrin Evans Quintet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
Jan12Sat
7:00 PM
Orrin Evans Quintet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY

Discography

Presence

Presence

Smoke Sessions Records
2018

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Smoke Sessions Records
2017

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The Evolution Of Oneself

The Evolution Of...

Smoke Sessions Records
2015

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Mother’s Touch

Mother’s Touch

Posi-Tone Records
2014

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Mother's Touch

Mother's Touch

Posi-Tone Records
2014

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It Was Beauty

It Was Beauty

Criss Cross
2013

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