Orrin Evans in Philly (and New York)

In the current Philadelphia Weekly:

Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band
Mon., Mar. 28, 8pm. $10. Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131 www.chrisjazzcafe.com

Aside from being one of the most sought-after pianists in jazz, Orrin Evans is a kind of community leader and informal ambassador for the Philadelphia scene. His current project is the Captain Black Big Band, an extended family with members of all races, sexes and age groups gathered together for a noble purpose: to swing like beasts. Since the group polished its sound and rapport in extended residencies at Chris’s, it’s only fitting they return to celebrate their eponymous debut album, hot off the presses, recorded live in Philly and New York. The tunes are mostly Evans’s, and the tight, passionate arrangements, by altoist Todd Bashore, Baltimore bass clarinetist Todd Marcus and others, make the band sound like an advancing army. — David R. Adler

(Orrin Evans plays Smoke in New York, March 25 & 26, with a quintet featuring Eddie Henderson, Joel Frahm, Ben Wolfe and Donald Edwards.)

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