Sticks Evans

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Sticks Evans
Born5 February 1923
Died11 April 1994
New York City
GenresJazz, blues
Years active1948-1994

Samuel "Sticks" Evans (5 February 1923 – 11 April 1994) was an American drummer, percussionist, music teacher, arranger and musical director.[1] He was credited variously as Sammy "Stick" Evans, Samie Evans, Sammy Evans, Sammie Evans, Stick Evans, and Sticks Evans.


In 1950, he recorded with the Milt Buckner Orchestra backing Wynonie Harris, and in 1952-3 he was playing and recording with Milt Buckner's Organ Trio. He left the trio in February 1953,[2] and in 1954 he was with the Teddy Wilson Trio with Milt Hinton.[3]

In the early 1960s, he was recording on the Prestige label, credited as Belton Evans, and accompanied on bass by Leonard Gaskin, for blues artists such as Curtis Jones, Sunnyland Slim,[4] Sonny Terry,[5] Big John Greer, LaVern Baker,[6] and King Curtis.[7]

He appears on John LewisJazz Abstractions album (1961), with Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Jim Hall, among others.[8] That same year he was a member of the Ray Bryant Combo backing Aretha Franklin on her second album, Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo.

His pupils included Bernard Purdie,[9] Max Neuhaus,[10] and Terry Burrus.[11] Evans died of a stroke, in New York City, in 1994.[12]



  1. ^ “From the Music Capitals of the World” 20 March 1971 Billboard. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  2. ^ Büttner, Armin (2011) The Recorded Works of Milt Buckner: Part I: 1941 - 1963 Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. ^ Teddy Wilson Discography Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  4. ^ Blues Discography Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  5. ^ Sonny Terry Discography Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  6. ^ Mike Leadbitter, Neil Slaven (1987) Blues records, 1943-1970: a selective discography. Record Information Services at Google Books. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  7. ^ Simonds, R. (1983) King Curtis, a discography at Google Books. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  8. ^ Morton, Brian and Cook, Richard (2010) The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums at Google Books. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  9. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. Biography at allmusic allmusic. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  10. ^ Biography Max Neuhaus's official website. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Commissioning innovation" The Prague Post. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  12. ^ Talevski, Nick (7 April 2010). "Rock Obituaries: Knocking On Heaven's Door". Omnibus Press. Retrieved 14 May 2019 – via Google Books.