Orrin Evans 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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Album Dressed in a Song by JD Walter

Dressed in a Song

JWAL Records

Album Trumpet Ship by Thomas Marriott

Trumpet Ship

Origin Records

Album Presence by Orrin Evans


Smoke Sessions Records

Album #knowingishalfthebattle by Orrin Evans


Smoke Sessions Records

Album The Evolution Of Oneself by Orrin Evans

The Evolution Of...

Smoke Sessions Records

Album Mother’s Touch by Orrin Evans

Mother’s Touch

Posi-Tone Records


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