Given birth to in Trenton, NJ but raised in Philadelphia, acoustic pianist Orrin Evans was one of the “Small Lions” of straight-ahead jazz who emerged within the 1990s. His primary focus is definitely hard bop, although he offers sometimes detoured into soul-jazz and R&B when support such vocalists as Denise Ruler and his wife, Dawn Warren. Affected by McCoy Tyner, Horace Metallic, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, amongst others, Evans graduated from senior high school in the first 1990s and analyzed at Rutgers University or college in New Brunswick, NJ prior to going on to research privately with Kenny Barron and become employed like a sideman by Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks, vocalist Lenora Zenzalai-Helm among others. Evans documented his first Compact disc as a innovator, The Orrin Evans Trio, for his personal Dark Entertainment label in 1994. From then on, he authorized with Criss Mix and documented Justin Amount of time in 1997, Captain Dark in 1998 and Grown People Bizness in 1999. Pay attention to the Music group followed a 12 months later on, with Blessed Types and Designed to Shine following quickly, continuing his annually release schedule.