Orrin Evans with Morgan Guerin
We’ve partnered with the Jazz Gallery to continue the tradition of jazz mentorship. Here veteran pianist and Philadelphia native Orrin Evans takes budding New Orleans saxophonist Morgan Guerin under his wing for a performance inspired by the rollicking Philly organist, Trudy Pitts. It’s a musical adventure with roots in the blues, boogaloo, gospel and soul jazz.
Orrin Evans, piano
Morgan Guerin, saxophone
Madison Rast, bass
Byron Landham, drums
Meet the Artists:
Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans was among the “Young Lions” of straight-ahead jazz who emerged in the 1990s. Since then he’s performed as a solo artist, recently making his debut as a leader at the Newport Jazz Festival, and as a sideman to Sean Jones, Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks, Lenora Zenzalai-Helm and countless others. His most recent album, #knowingishalfthebattle, pairs him with guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkle and Kevin Eubanks.
Multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin is no stranger to the concept of mentorship. He had the good fortune of growing up in a musical family in New Orleans, where he found fellowship and support in the Marsalis family, Donald Harrison and Christian Scott, among others. A student at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Guerin has shared the stage with Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Esperanza Spalding and Allen Toussaint among many others. His first album, The Saga, was released in 2016.
About the series: The Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series connects jazz veterans with rising stars. Each pair collaborates over a period of months, then in partnership with venues around New York, tours locally to replicate the experience of taking a band on the road.