Orrin Evans

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Not to be confused with Orrin C. Evans.
Orrin Evans
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Background information
Born (1975-03-28) 28 March 1975 (age 41)
Origin Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Labels Criss Cross Jazz

Orrin Evans (born 28 March 1975)[1] is an American jazz pianist. Evans was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia.[2] He attended Rutgers University, and then studied with Kenny Barron.[2] 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.[3]

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. ^ Stark, Karl (1999-12-02). "Young Jazz Pianist, Musical Iconoclast Orrin Evans Is A Hometown Success Story.". Articles.Philly.com. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b Lutz, Phillip. "Orrin Evans The Instigator." Downbeat 81.11 (2014): 42-45. Print.
  3. ^ "Orrin Evans: Music: 2010 Grantee," The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Accessed May 15, 2013.


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