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Radio & Podcasts

Orrin Evans, Mulgrew Miller & Rebecca DuMaine

Read "Orrin Evans, Mulgrew Miller & Rebecca DuMaine" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a dynamic voice in jazz we begin the 711th Episode of Neon Jazz in style. That was Rebecca DuMaine with the Dave Miller Trio with a cut off her 2021 release Someday, Someday. From there, we listen to a song off an album from Polish Composer Milosz Konarski with “Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova." The remainder of the show profiles some heavy cats making some quality music in 2021 like Andrew Van Tassel, Kalya Ramu, Ian Charleton and the ...

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Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Magic of Now

Read "The Magic of Now" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Timing is everything, the old masters teach. So pianist/composer/bandleader Orrin Evans drops the brazen The Magic of Now just in time. Just in time for the world to open up, renew its commitment, and move forward. Just in time for all to engage in those necessary conversations about civil upkeep. Put plainly, The Magic of Now is the music to lead the charge. A whirlwind of perpetual buoyancy and boundless risk aversion, the eight easeful dances defining The ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Orrin Evans, Ira Sullivan, Joe Turner and More

Read "Orrin Evans, Ira Sullivan, Joe Turner and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with the latest album by Philadelphia-based pianist Orrin Evans and his Captain Black Big Band. Then we profile a new Kansas City group, The Freedom Affair, as they hit the airwaves with strength and style. We also look at new music from Mary Stallings and Fumi Tomita, say good-bye to the mighty Ira Sullivan and thank you to Kansas City jazz vocalist Molly Hammer. Enjoy yet another hour of fine jazz. Playlist Orrin Evans ...

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Album Review

Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: The Intangible Between

Read "The Intangible Between" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Pianist Orrin Evans has a deep understanding of the unshakeable bond between fellowship, humanity and the creative process. That knowledge has guided him through creating a remarkable catalog of music as both a leader and sideman, along the way, experiencing the fellowship of a collective of musicians he often refers to as “The Village." The Village is indeed real, and most aptly expressed musically through the The Captain Black Big Band, Evans' ensemble of anywhere between nine and ...

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Live Review

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Pittsburgh, PA June 20-23, 2019 Now in its ninth year, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival continues to grow and prosper as one of the country's best jazz festivals. Tied to the efforts of the city's August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the festival continues to prosper under the leadership of center CEO Janis Burley Wilson. While there has been an increase in the number of ticketed events during the festival, these ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Roberto "Zizzi" Zanetti, Orrin Evans, and Michael Formanek

Read "Roberto "Zizzi" Zanetti, Orrin Evans, and Michael Formanek" reviewed by Bob Osborne


From Verona, Italy Roberto “Zizzi" Zanetti takes us on a trip through the jazz of the Roaring Twenties paying homage to the music innovators who flourished during the social and political problems of the Prohibition Era. Orrin Evans raises the temperature with live recordings from his large ensemble The Captain Black Big Band and Michael Formanek displays true innovation with his new band the Elusion Quartet featuring Tony Malaby, Kris Davis and Ches Smith. In between more jazz, old and ...

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Album Review

Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv Park; solo successes--Faith In Action, (Posi-Tone, 2010); The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Session, 2014)--and various collaborations, Evans still has a talent bursting with ideas ...


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