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Orrin Evans

Orrin Evans

If Nike used jazz artists as endorsers, pianist Orrin Evans would be an ideal choice. He’s a self-starter, and his music exhibits the intense focus, passion and skill that marks all great athletes.

That fierce determination informs Meant to Shine, Evans’ seventh CD as leader and his Palmetto debut, after releases on Criss Cross and his own Imani label. “I believe I have a gift, and I’m going to go ahead and deal with that gift,” Evans says. “I grew up in the black church. There was one thing that I could never deal with: waiting on the Lord. I always thought that if God gave you a gift, why would He want you to wait? I always thought of it as Him giving you the ability to act on it and make good decisions. That’s pretty much what that record is saying.”

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