Two time GRAMMY nominee and Pew Fellow Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianists of his generation. In the course of his over 20 year career, Orrin has earned the titles of pianist, composer, bandleader, teacher, producer and arranger. The New York Times described the pianist as "...a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command," a quality that has undoubtedly assisted in keeping Orrin at the forefront of the music scene.
After recording his first album in 1994, Evans joined Bobby Watson's band Horizon in the mid-'90s, which introduced Evans to the New York jazz scene. His recording and performing resume includes Wallace Roney, Common, Pharoah Sanders, Antonio Hart, Carmen Lundy, Ralph Peterson, Ralph Bowen, The Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove, Nicolas Payton, Brandford Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, Sean Jones, Tim Warfield, Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks, Duane Eubanks and Dave Douglas. He leads the Captain Black Big Band, a 17-piece jazz ensemble.