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Evans in 2008
|Born||28 March 1975|
|Origin||Trenton, New Jersey, United States|
|Labels||Criss Cross, Posi-Tone, Palmetto, Smoke Sessions, Rogue Art|
Orrin Evans (born 28 March 1975) is an American jazz pianist. Evans was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia. He attended Rutgers University, and then studied with Kenny Barron. He worked as a sideman for Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks, and Lenora Zenzalai-Helm, and released his debut as a leader in 1994. He signed with Criss Cross Jazz in 1997, recording prolifically with the label. He was awarded a 2010 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.
Evans is married to vocalist Dawn Warren.
- The Trio (Black Entertainment, 1995)
- Justin Time (Criss Cross, 1997)
- Captain Black (Criss Cross, 1998)
- Grown Folk Bizness (Criss Cross, 1999)
- Listen to the Band (Criss Cross, 2000)
- Seed (Imani, 2000)
- Blessed Ones (Criss Cross, 2001)
- Deja Vu (Imani, 2001) [note: reissue of The Trio]
- Meant to Shine (Palmetto, 2002)
- Luvpark (Imani, 2004)
- Easy Now (Criss Cross, 2005)
- The Band – Live at Widener University [rec. 2001] (Imani, 2005)
- The Trio – Live in Jackson, Mississippi (Imani, 2006)
- Tarbaby (Imani, 2009)
- Faith in Action (Posi-Tone, 2010)
- Tarbaby: The End of Fear (Posi-Tone, 2010)
- Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone, 2011)
- Freedom (Posi-Tone, 2011)
- Flip the Script (Posi-Tone, 2012)
- ...It Was Beauty (Criss Cross, 2013)
- Tarbaby: Ballad of Sam Langford (Hipnotic, 2013)
- Captain Black Big Band: Mother's Touch (Posi-Tone, 2014)
- Liberation Blues (Smoke Sessions, 2014)
- The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Sessions, 2015)
- Tarbaby: Fanon [rec. September 2011] (Rogue Art, 2016)
- #knowingishalfthebattle (Smoke Sessions, 2016)
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- Lutz, Phillip. "Orrin Evans The Instigator." Downbeat 81.11 (2014): 42-45. Print.
- "Orrin Evans: Music: 2010 Grantee," The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Accessed May 15, 2013.
- "Pop and Jazz Listings and Albums for the Fall Season". New York Times, SEPT. 7, 2015