Orrin Evans

Orrin Evans
By A. Bucci
Tar Baby (L-R): Eric Revis, Nasheet Waits, Orrin Evans and Stacy Dillard
By Dino Perrucci
Orrin Evans
Orrin Evans
Orrin Evans and Captain Black Big Band
Orrin Evans at the 2016 DC Jazz Festival
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Since moving to New York in the winter of 1995 Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianist of his generation. In a short span of time Orrin has earned the titles of pianist, composer, bandleader, teacher, producer and arranger.

Growing up in a musical city like Philadelphia was extremly important to early development of Orrin's career. Philadelphia afforded Orrin the opportunity to study informally with the likes of Trudy Pitts, Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham, Edgar Bateman, Sid Simmons, and formally with William Whitaker, Jack Carr, and Charles Pettaway. In 1993, after attending Girard Academic Music Program, Orrin was accepted into the Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University. While attending Mason Gross some of his teachers included Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Ralph Bowen, & Ted Dunbar. They instilled in him the importance of the fundamentals of jazz as well as the necessity of listening to and living the music.

After moving to New York in August of 1996 Orrin was invited to join Bobby Watson's band "Horizon" on their European tour. This opportunity introduced Orrin to the New York jazz scene. His recording and performing resume includes Wallace Roney, Mos Def, Common, Pharoah Sanders, Antonio Hart, Carmen Lundy, Ralph Peterson, Ralph Bowen, The Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove, Nicolas Payton, Brandford Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, Sean Jones, Tim Warfield, Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks, Duane Eubanks, and Dave Douglas.

Orrin's recording career started in 1994 with a self-produced trio release called "The Trio" featuring Matthew Parrish on bass and Byron Landham on drums. The release can now be found on the Imani Record label under the title "D諠 Vu". In 1996 he was introduced to Gerry Teekins from Criss Cross records. This relationship afforded Orrin the opportunity to release six critically acclaimed recordings for the Criss Cross label. During a hiatus from Criss Cross Orrin released recordings for the Palmetto record label and his own label Imani Records. In 2002 Orrin combined forces with drummer Donald Edwards, vocalist JD Walter, saxophonist Ralph Bowen, and his wife vocalist Dawn Warren to form the band Luvpark. The band recorded the critically acclaimed self titled album "Luvpark" and is presently working on the release of their sophomore recording.

The New York Times described the pianist as "...a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command", a quality that has undoubtedly assisted in keeping Orrin at the forefront of the music scene.

Evans spent 3 years as a teacher at the coveted Germantown Friends School where he taught middle school music and conducted three jazz ensembles. He returned to Settlement Music School to teach individual piano lessons, theory lessons and an advanced jazz ensemble. He continues to be a musical commentator, conducting workshops, clinics and master classes both in the United States and abroad, while continuing to record and tour with his own bands.

His newest release, is a Co-Led Ensemble, TARBABY, with long time friends, Nasheet Waits, Eric Revis and Stacy Dillard. It is on the Imani Records label and available at retailers or www.cdbaby.com or iTunes.

Lately Orrin's greatest joy has been producing projects for other artists like Sean Jones and playing with his own band, which at different times, has included such notables as Ralph Peterson, Jr., Sam Newsome, Ralph Bowen, Nasheet Waits, Reid Anderson, Eric Revis, JD Allen and Duane Eubanks.

Orrin Evans is a PennPAT (Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour) roster artist. Non-profit and government organizations in the mid-Atlantic region may qualify for funding for performances and residencies. Including: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV, NC or U.S. Virgin Islands.

2002 SESAC National Performance Activity Award "Meant to Shine" Palmetto Records

2002 Philadelphia Inquirer Top 10 Jazz CD "Meant to Shine"

2000 Philadelphia City Paper "Best Jazz Success Story"

1999 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition

1993 Grammy All American High School MVP

1992 Best High School Jazz Musician of Philadelphia

1992 National Arts Recognition Scholarship

1992 Bob Perkins Scholarship Award

Community College of Pennsylvania
Mason Gross College of the Arts
Rutgers University


Artist’s website


Articles on Orrin Evans

12/06/16    Albums    By David Whiteis

Orrin Evans

10/29/15    Albums    By Mike Joyce

The Evolution of Oneself
Orrin Evans

07/09/15    News    By JazzTimes

Pianist Orrin Evans to Release Trio Recording Sept. 11

11/09/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Midnight Melodies
Cyrus Chestnut

08/25/14    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Mother's Touch
Orrin Evans' Captain Black Band

02/17/14    Before & After    By Shaun Brady

Before & After Listening Session with Orrin Evans

09/22/13    Albums    By Mike Shanley

...It Was Beauty
Orrin Evans

01/14/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz Connect Conference Brings Musicians and Industry Professionals Together in NYC

11/01/12    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Flip the Script
Orrin Evans

01/13/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Is it Time to Retire the Word Jazz?

12/07/11    Scenes    By JazzTimes

The Philadelphia Jazz Scene

10/21/11    Albums    By Michael J. West

Orrin Evans

05/04/11    Features    By Shaun Brady

Orrin Evans: Captain Philadelphia

March 2011    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

The End of Fear

March 2011    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

The End of Fear

02/22/11    Farewells    By Orrin Evans

Remembering Trudy Pitts

02/16/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz Returns to Turkish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, DC

12/02/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Pianist Orrin Evans Organizes Tribute and Benefit Concert for Philly Jazz Bassist Charles Fambrough

May 2009    Albums    By Steve Greenlee


April 2009    Features    By David R. Adler

Tarbaby: Back to Basics

02/15/04    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Mos Def at the Blue Note

December 2002    Hearsay    By John Murph

Orrin Evans

July/August 2001    Albums    By Peter Margasak

Listen To The Band
Orrin Evans

May 2000    Albums    By Willard Jenkins

Grown Folks Bizness
Orrin Evans Trio

April 1999    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Captain Black
Orrin Evans

January/February 1998    Albums    By Jack Sohmer

Justin Time
Orrin Evans



Captain Black

Criss Cross Jazz

Justin Time

Criss Cross Jazz

Listen To The Band

Criss Cross Jazz

Blessed Ones

Criss Cross Jazz

Meant to Shine

Palmetto Records

Grown Folks Bizness

Criss Cross Jazz



The End of Fear

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