Orrin Evans

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Orrin Evans
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Background information
Born 1976 (age 39–40)
Origin Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Labels Criss Cross Jazz

Orrin Evans (born 1976) is an American jazz pianist. Evans was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia.[1] He attended Rutgers University, and then studied with Kenny Barron.[1] 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.[2]

Evans is married to vocalist Dawn Warren.


  • The Trio (Black Entertainment, 1995)
  • Justin Time (Criss Cross Jazz, 1997)
  • Captain Black (Criss Cross Jazz, 1998)
  • Grown Folk Bizness (Criss Cross Jazz, 1999)
  • Listen To The Band (Criss Cross Jazz, 2000)
  • Seed (Imani Records, 2000)
  • Blessed Ones (Criss Cross Jazz, 2001)
  • Deja Vu (Imani Records, 2001) [note: reissue of The Trio]
  • Meant To Shine (Palmetto, 2002)
  • Luvpark (Imani Records, 2004)
  • Easy Now (Criss Cross Jazz, 2005)
  • The Band - Live At Widener University [rec. 2001] (Imani Records, 2005) 2CD
  • The Trio - Live In Jackson, Mississippi ("White boy, you don't know nothin' bout no barbeque") (Imani Records, 2006)
  • Tarbaby (Imani Records, 2009)
  • Faith In Action (Posi-Tone Records, 2010)
  • Tarbaby: The End Of Fear (Posi-Tone Records, 2010)
  • Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone Records, 2011)
  • Freedom (Posi-Tone Records, 2011)
  • Flip The Script (Posi-Tone Records, 2012)
  • ...It Was Beauty (Criss Cross Jazz, 2013)
  • Tarbaby: Ballad Of Sam Langford (Hipnotic Records, 2013)
  • Captain Black Big Band: Mother's Touch (Posi-Tone Records, 2014)
  • Liberation Blues (Smoke Sessions, 2014)
  • The Evolution Of Oneself (Smoke Sessions, 2015)
  • Tarbaby: Fanon [rec. September 2011] (Rogue Art, 2016)


  1. ^ a b Lutz, Phillip. "Orrin Evans The Instigator." Downbeat 81.11 (2014): 42-45. Print.
  2. ^ "Orrin Evans: Music: 2010 Grantee," The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Accessed May 15, 2013.


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