“This town hall meeting of a band makes the kind of jazz that nearly everyone could agree to call jazz. There are layers of squirming saxes, bright piano and serious brass blasts — low–end, high–note, and mid–range alike — tied together with a surplus of swing. But it doesn’t sound stuck in a misremembered era — there are jutting edges to the writing, and they’re played with a fashionably loose vibe. (As analogues, think of contemporary big bands led by trumpeters Roy Hargrove, or Nicholas Payton, or Charles Tolliver, or even the Charles Mingus repertory group, which Orrin Evans has served in.) And no soloist is afraid to hold anything back: There’s audacity of spirit here.” – Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music, 3/20/2011.
The April edition of Sittin’ In features noted Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans and his latest project Captain Black Big Band — a genesis of East coast players brought together under his leadership. The album, comprised of live sessions in both New York and Philadelphia in which Evans leads in true jam session format, was hailed by NPR as one of the top 10 Best of Jazz 2011. Saxophonist and contributing arranger Todd Bashore describes Evans’ leadership, ‘He’s like a chef at a pot, adding ingredients as he feels like it, tasting all the time and seeing what it needs and then throwing something else in. We may have an arrangement ready, but you can’t assume that at the gig it’s just going to go down as it is. It’s a lot of fun for a musician, because it’s creative and you never know what’s going to happen. It keeps you on your toes.’
Sittin’ In is an eclectic mix of cross-genre grooves meet horns, vinyl, and vocals. Each month we’ll bring you a different session featuring a special guest host, alongside their band of choice, plus DJ sets by Philly’s own DJ PHSH. The first set will feature the host and is followed by a second set showcasing selected talent from near and far. This series is curated by acclaimed jazz bassist Anthony Tidd, Director of the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program.
No cover. Jam Session drink specials (8pm-11pm) – $4 beers and $5 wines.