By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Orrin Evans Quartet will open the spring season of the ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series on Feb. 3 at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.
The program is free and open to the public.
The quartet includes composer Orrin Evans, piano; Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone; Byron Landham, drums; and Mike Boone, bass.
Evans has been called "The clear-cut best pianist of his time ..." (Hot House Magazine) and "... a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command." (The New York Times)
With the Charles Mingus Big Band for the past three years, Evans was piano chair for the Bobby Watson Band for six years. He has recorded with the Bobby Watson Band on Live and Learn (Palmetto Records); Quite as it's Kept (Red Records) which features one of Evans' original compositions, "Looking in Your Eyes"; and the Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy Project (Sound Hills Records), which features another of Evans' compositions "Two Stepping with Dawn."
Evans also performs with his own band which has included such notables as the aforementioned Ralph Peterson, Sam Newsome, Ralph Bowen, Nasheet Waits, Reid Anderson, John Swana and Duane Eubanks.
The newest Orrin Evans adventures are "Meant to Shine", his latest CD on the Palmetto Records label, two projects on his own label, IMANI Records, one from the group SEED, and "Dejavu" by the Orrin Evans Trio, both available online.
In addition to touring and recording, Evans is also a teacher and musical commentator, having conducted workshops, clinics and master classes both in the United States and abroad. When not on the road, he teaches privately. He is also a PennPat (Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour) roster artist.
Produced by Phil Haynes, Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.
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