Orrin Evans, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Luques Curtis
Orrin Evans Trio
Orrin Evans – Piano
Jeff “Tain” Watts – Drums
Luques Curtis – Bass
“When you let go of everything that you’ve been taught, the possibilities of what can happen on the bandstand are endless.” – Orrin Evans
For more than two decades, Orrin Evans has made an art form of the unexpected. One would be hard-pressed to find a more relentlessly invigorating and adventurous pianist on the jazz scene today, and the sheer contagiousness of fire and spirit in Evans’ playing makes this an evening not to be missed.
With more than 25 albums to his credit without ever relying on the support of a major label, Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist who’s made a habit of rattling the jazz world’s confining cages. That determination has paid off in accolades such as topping the “Rising Star Pianist” category in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll. As a daring pianist, Evans combines raw-edged vigor and left-field nuance into a sound wholly his own. As an adventurous composer he traverses stylistic boundaries with abandon, drawing on full-throttle swing, deep-rooted blues, expressive soul, or bracing excursions into the avant-garde. As an audacious bandleader, he delights in daring fellow musicians to take bold risks, whether in mutable small group settings or his raucous Captain Black Big Band. As an inventive collaborator, his projects range from the nerve-rattling collective trio Tarbaby to the latest twist in his never-predictable story—becoming the first new member to join The Bad Plus in the band’s nearly 20-year history.