Orrin Evans

Sat, Mar 11, 2017 6PM
BLU Jazz+[directions]

Acclaimed New York City piano sensation & chart-topping recording artist and his all-star trio return to close out their two-night residency at BLU with a masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert event (8PM). Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation.

No child of the ’80s could forget the closing moments of every “G.I. Joe” cartoon: one of our heroes would teach a valuable life lesson about saying ‘no’ to drugs or not talking to strangers, followed by the familiar refrain, “And now you know… and knowing is half the battle!”

Pianist/composer Orrin Evans has parroted that line for decades, but says he’s only recently come to realize what it truly means. On #knowingishalfthebattle, his third release for Smoke Sessions Records, Evans shares his own lessons in life and music on a raw, electrifying session that teams him with a pair of renowned guitarists who are also, not coincidentally, native sons of Evans’ own hometown of Philadelphia: Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He’s also joined by the latest in a long line of inspired rhythm sections, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr., along with up-and-coming saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis and a longtime collaborator, vocalist M’Balia.

#knowingishalfthebattle shows Evans coming to terms with what he’s learned over his years on and off the bandstand — and more importantly, how to make use of that knowledge. In large part, the answer he’s come to involves letting go, forgetting what’s been learned and trusting the instincts that come along with it. By inviting such virtuosic musicians into his world, he’s asking them to do the same and making new discoveries through a collective act of forgetting.

Don’t miss the trio’s return to close out their two-night residency at BLU with a masterclass (6PM, FREE) and live concert event (8PM) – get your tickets now!


Date Time Event Tickets
3/11/17 6:00PM Masterclass free*
3/11/17 8:00PM Concert $20 ($10 for students w/ ID)

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We offer GROUP DISCOUNT PACKAGES for student jazz programs (middle school, high school, college)! These packages include dinner + admission to the masterclass & concert! Please e-mail info@blujazzmasterclass.org for group rate pricing.