Orrin Evans

Kevin Eubanks, Orrin Evans & Immanuel Wilkins

From a new super jazz group Pluto Juice, we begin the 745th Episode of Neon Jazz with the 2022 song "Pluto and Beyond." The band includes Dayna Stephens and we play on song off his 2015 album Reminiscent. From there, we get into new music from Gregg Hill, Remy Le Boeuf and Micah Graves. Kansas City saxophonist Adam Larson has a new album With Love, from Chicago and we explore his release. Finally, we hear from a powerful duo in Kevin Eubanks and Orrin Evans to wrap up this episode of tasty jazz. Enjoy...

Teamwork in Take Five: Orrin Evans and Kevin Eubanks, In Common, SFJAZZ Collective, Drome Trio, Survival Unit III

Orrin Evans and Kevin Eubanks, "Dawn Marie" Guitarist Kevin Eubanks and pianist Orrin Evans share a natural simpatico, with more than the city of Philadelphia as a common bond between them. For starters, Evans has been playing with Eubanks' younger brother Duane, a trumpeter, on and off for the last 25 years. But there's also a shared sensibility in the way that Evans, 46, and Eubanks, 64, both prize an organic balance of the earthy and the ethereal in their music — and bring an absolute technical authority to virtually any setting. In 2017, each made an appearance on the other's album: Eubanks' East West Time Line (Mack Avenue) and Evans' #knowingishalfthebattle (Smoke Sessions), for which they paid a visit to WBGO.
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Orrin Evans Remembers Ralph Peterson Jr.

The pianist and bandleader pays tribute to his friend and colleague, the late drummer and educator (5/20/62 – 3/1/21) I first met Ralph back in 1993. I had just taken over doing sound at the Blue Moon Jazz Club in Philadelphia. There was a gig featuring Uri Caine, Charles Fambrough, Steve Wilson, and Ralph. At that time, I wasn’t super-familiar with his work. Ralph came in the door with a cast on his foot and I said, “Hey Mr. Peterson, my name’s Orrin Evans, Tim Warfield said we should meet. I’m doing sound tonight.” He said, “All right, take my cymbals downstairs.”

Orrin Evans Named DC Jazz Festival Artist-In-Residence

Pianist and composer Orrin Evans has been named to a two-year term as Artist-In-Residence for the DC Jazz Festival. His residency has been made possible by the Jazz Road Creative Residencies program created by South Arts. “With a Jazz Road Creative Residency grant, artists have the flexibility to design and...

Ember With Orrin Evans: No One Is Any One (Sunnyside)

Many jazz bands come together because of a common stylistic approach to music. That holds true for the Brooklyn-based Ember. Bassist Noah Garabedian, drummer Vinnie Sperrazza, and saxophonist Caleb Curtis started the group after meeting at random rehearsals around the New York scene. Garabedian and Sperrazza’s heavy R&B background meshed well with Curtis’ strict jazz pedigree.

Ember with Orrin Evans: No One is Any One

To truly be in the headspace to appreciate the music of Ember, an understanding of the individuals making up the collective is paramount. The original compositions are not mind boggling, complex exercises brandishing the challenging dynamics of jazz composition in the 2020s. Refreshingly, the writing is open ended, containing melodies that come across as recitable mantras. The individual approaches to modern melodic improvisation within the collective memory of the musicians so easily rise to the surface of No One is Any One, in a way that is both intellectually interesting and at the same time free of intellectual distractions. The participants, including the listener, are free to explore their own intrinsic detachment and experience the sensory reception of the sound itself.

Orrin Evans: Go For It!

On an early summer night in newly vaccinated New York, the Blue Note was packed with cheering clubgoers. And pianist Orrin Evans, coming off the first set, was, in his understated way, one of them. True, the set had had its unsettling moments, among them a rumbling protest by Evans’...