Philadelphia native Orrin Evans's latest Posi-Tone Records release "Captain Black Big Band" continues the legacy of the Thad Jones and Oliver Nelson tradition. Both Jones and Nelson were heavily influenced by their deep roots connection to jazz and soul music, Evans features 38 musicians that range four decades who embodies the true essence of black roots music. Recorded live at The Jazz Gallery in New York City and Chris's Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, the big bands arrangements are extremely bold and rash.

The band just played on the anniversary of the day of the recording over Easter weekend last year at the Jazz Gallery. Captain Black was named after the smoking tobacco his father used to smoke which later became Orrin's nickname. So, in tribute to his dad, the Captain Black Big Band took root as a new means for the musician to compose and arrange music outside his trio setting.

Compositions like "Jena 6" and "Art of War" are just a few numbers in where Orrin reflects the tenacity and confidence of a musician that's in control of his musical destiny.

Orrin is best know for his piano trio featuring Nasheet Waits and Eric Revis. He also is a member of trumpeter Sean Jones band.

Although he was raised around the arts as a child, Orrin's best lessons came from playing many of Philadelphia jazz greats. His first major exposure as a pianist came from his mentor Bobby Watson.

In addition to him being a successful leader, he also runs his own label, Imani Record, out of a need to release and control the vision of his own music.

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