MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE SEE OUR SAFETY PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS. For more than two decades, Orrin Evans has
MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE SEE OUR SAFETY PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.
For more than two decades, Orrin Evans has made an art form of the unexpected. 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 like 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.
Evans’ broad-minded, provocative approach has led to a stunning variety of collaborations with a who’s-who of modern jazz including Nicholas Payton, Sean Jones, Oliver Lake, JD Allen, Christian McBride, Eric Revis, Buster Williams, Karriem Riggins, Bill Stewart, Nasheet Waits, Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel, among countless others.
In 2018 Evans relaunched his Imani Records label with a newfound focus on projects by young, innovative musicians, beginning with albums by saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis and bassist Jonathan Michel. He’s also produced recordings by JD Walter, Denise King, Joanna Pascale, Sharel Cassity, and Eric Revis.
Evans pays homage to his mentors and influences while passing the torch to new generations. He’s recently performed concerts paying homage to the late Geri Allen alongside drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and a celebration of the centennial of Thelonious Monk at Duke University, along with curating concert series at Philly’s South and New York’s Smoke. As an educator he directed the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Jazz Standards and taught at Connecticut’s Litchfield Jazz Camp.
JP Schlegelmilch is a Brooklyn-based pianist, accordionist, electric keyboardist and composer. In his various musical projects, JP seeks to synthesize his diverse musical interests, creating a personal and non-genre-specific music. Over the years JP has devoted himself to the study of jazz and classical music, while trying to maintain a sense of freedom to include influences from all music that he loves, including the rock music he obsessed over as a teenager.
Since moving to Brooklyn in 2006, JP has been performing with his own groups and has had the opportunity to perform with some of New York’s most esteemed improvising musicians.
JP’s current projects include Visitors, a power trio featuring JP on Yamaha Electric organ, Jim Black on drums, and Jonathan Goldberger on guitar. Their debut album was released on Skirl Records in 2018 and was included on Rolling Stone’s “Best Jazz Albums of 2018” list.
JP has also been been playing organ in Matt Bauder’s Hearing Things, a band that specializes in “a kind of Middle Eastern flavored surf-rock with old school R &B honking and striptease-worthy themes” (Peter Margasak, the Chicago Reader).
New projects in the works include a quartet with piano, cello, violin and percussion. The music was inspired in part by the great composer Lou Harrison.
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