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.
|1995||The Trio||Black Entertainment||Trio, with Matthew Parrish (bass), Byron Landham (drums); reissued as Deja Vu by Imani|
|1996||Justin Time||Criss Cross||With John Swana (trumpet), Tim Warfield (tenor sax), Rodney Whitaker (bass), Byron Landham (drums)|
|1997–98||Captain Black||Criss Cross||With Sam Newsome (soprano sax), Antonio Hart (alto sax), Ralph Bowen (tenor sax, soprano sax, alto sax), Tim Warfield (tenor sax), Avishai Cohen (bass), Ralph Peterson (drums)|
|1998||Grown Folk Bizness||Criss Cross||with Rodney Whitaker, Ralph Peterson|
|1999||Listen to the Band||Criss Cross||Sextet, with Duane Eubanks (trumpet), Sam Newsome (soprano sax), Ralph Bowen (tenor sax, alto sax), Reid Anderson (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums)|
|2001?||The Band – Live at Widener University||Imani|
|2001||Blessed Ones||Criss Cross||with Eric Revis (bass), Nasheet Waits and Edgar Bateman (drums)|
|2002||Meant to Shine||Palmetto||With Eric Revis (bass), Gene Jackson (drums); some tracks with Sam Newsome (soprano sax) added; some tracks with Ralph Bowen (tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute, soprano sax) added|
|2002?||Luvpark||As Luvpark; with Ralph Bowen (sax), Donald Edwards (drums), J. D. Walter and Dawn Warren (vocals)|
|2004||Easy Now||Criss Cross||With Ralph Bowen (soprano sax, alto sax), Mike Boone and Eric Revis (bass), Byron Landham and Rodney Green (drums)|
|2006?||The Trio – Live in Jackson, Mississippi||Imani||Trio, with Madison Rast (bass), Byron Landham (drums); in concert|
|2009?||Tarbaby||Imani||As Tarbaby; with Stacy Dillard and J. D. Allen (tenor sax), Eric Revis (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums)|
|2009||Faith in Action||Posi-Tone||With Luques Curtis (bass), Nasheet Waits, Rocky Bryant and Gene Jackson (drums)|
|2010?||The End of Fear||Posi-Tone||As Tarbaby; with Eric Revis (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums), J. D. Allen (tenor sax), Oliver Lake (alto sax), Nicholas Payton (trumpet)|
|2011?||Captain Black Big Band||Posi-Tone||As Captain Black Big Band; in concert|
|2011?||Freedom||Posi-Tone||With Larry McKenna (tenor sax), Dwayne Burno (bass), Byron Landham (drums, percussion), Anwar Marshall (drums)|
|2011?||Flip the Script||Posi-Tone||Trio, with Ben Wolfe (bass), Donald Edwards (drums)|
|2011||Fanon||Rogue Art||As Tarbaby; with Eric Revis (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums); Oliver Lake (sax), Marc Ducret (Guitar) added on some tracks|
|2013?||...It Was Beauty||Criss Cross||with Eric Revis, Donald Edwards|
|2013?||Tarbaby: Ballad of Sam Langford||Hipnotic||As Tarbaby; with Eric Revis (bass), Nasheet Waits (drums); Oliver Lake (sax), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) added on some tracks separately|
|2014?||Mother's Touch||Posi-Tone||As Captain Black Big Band|
|2014?||Liberation Blues||Smoke Sessions||with Sean Jones, J. D. Allen, Luques Curtis (bass), Bill Stewart (drums); in concert|
|2015?||The Evolution of Oneself||Smoke Sessions||Most tracks trio, with Christian McBride (bass), Karriem Riggins (drums); two tracks quartet with Marvin Sewell (guitar) added; one track quartet with J. D. Walter (vocals) added|
|2016?||#knowingishalfthebattle||Smoke Sessions||Some tracks trio, with Luques Curtis (bass), Mark Whitfield Jr. (drums); Kurt Rosenwinkel and Kevin Eubanks (guitar), Caleb Wheeler Curtis (sax), M'Balia Singley (flute) are added on some tracks|
|2018?||Presence||Smoke Sessions||With the Captain Black Big Band; Troy Roberts (tenor sax), Caleb Curtis and Todd Bashore (alto sax), John Raymond, Josh Lawrence and Bryan David (trumpet), David Gibson, Stafford Hunter and Brent White (trombone), Madison Rast (bass), Anwar Marshall and Jason Brown (drums)|
- Stark, Karl (1999-12-02). "Young Jazz Pianist, Musical Iconoclast Orrin Evans Is A Hometown Success Story". Articles.Philly.com. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
- 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.
- Russonello, Giovanni. "Orrin Evans Has Been Playing Jazz for Years. So Why Is He a Rising Star?". The New York Times. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
- "Pop and Jazz Listings and Albums for the Fall Season". The New York Times, September 7, 2015