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Orrin Evans

"The clear-cut best pianist of his time..." is how Hot House Magazine" described Orrin Evans in 1998, praise which was echoed again in the summer of 2002. This remarkable talent was nurtured in a household filled with music due to the efforts of his mother, a classical singer who surrounded the youngster with everything from the melodies of Puccini to the pulsating rhythms of Basie and Ellington. He learned from what he heard which is still the case today when he acknowledges such musicians as Trudy Pitts, Tim Warfield, Kenny Barron, Ralph Peterson, Edgar Bateman, Mickey Roker and Bobby Durham as inspirational guides

Dressed in a Song

Label: JWAL Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dressed In A Song (Taylor Eigsti: piano); You Go To My Head (Jim Ridl: piano); The Last Muse (Obed Calvaire: percussion; Becca Stevens vocals; Ben Wolfe: bass; Julius Rodriguez: piano); What The World Needs Now (Orrin Evans: piano); Brother John (Marc Cary: piano); Can It Be Done? (Jean Michel Pilc: piano); All Through The Night.

Trumpet Ship

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: All The Things You Are; General Assembly; Behind The Beard; Trumpet Ship; 148 Lexington; Funny Uncle; Reversal of Fortune; Song For Samuel.

The Intangible Between

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Proclaim Liberty; This Little Light of Mine; A Time For Love; That Too; Off Minor; Into Dawn; Tough Love; Im So Glad I Got to Know You

ARTICLE: 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."

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution

Read "Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Some artists are blessed to be born into situations where opportunities are at the ready. Education and training are easily obtainable. Maybe they have connections to the professional world, via their lineage or other friends. Even so, it's still up to them to produce and deal with the inevitable vagaries of their choice to pursue music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thomas Marriott: Trumpet Ship

Read "Trumpet Ship" reviewed by Paul Rauch

In a day and age when social and personal narratives pervade the jazz recording medium, it is a welcoming feeling to experience a recording of superb jazz musicians playing music in the moment the way it's supposed to be played—for the people. For his spring 2020 quartet release Trumpet Ship (Origin, 2020), Seattle-based trumpeter ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Another Edition of Listeners’ Favorites!

Read "Another Edition of Listeners’ Favorites!" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Listeners' favorites from Gifts and Messages shows 401-410. 'We play the hits!.' See if yours made it to the top of the chart. Enjoy. (That would be a VERY young DrJ in the photo) Playlist Mose Allison “I'm Not Talking" from The Word from Mose (Atlantic) 00:00 Mike LeDonne “From The Heart" from From ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

JD Walter: Dressed in a Song

Read "Dressed in a Song" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

JD Walter is a consummate vocalist who has devoted himself over many years to evolving a unique style that is nevertheless ensconced in the jazz tradition. The public relations sheet for this new CD states that “this is his first release since recovering from a life-threatening heart condition and surgeries on his heart and vocal cords." ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part I

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The 2020 edition of the Winter JazzFest has just begun. This week we feature music by some of the most interesting bands from out of town who will be at the JazzFest, and new or unreleased material that will be on display on the stages of the JazzFest. Of special interest yet-unreleased material by Ted Poor, ...


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