“I have years of experience teaching, recording, touring, and leading bands, backed by press, awards, and accolades, but I still struggle trying to figure out that formula.”
Orrin Evans (b. 1975) never stops thinking about the traditions and evolution of jazz music, as well as renewing jazz’s legacy in the African-American community. “My goal is to utilize my relationships to create memorable musical experiences and document our history,” Evans says. A gifted improviser, noted composer, and seasoned bandleader, Evans has worked alongside jazz veterans such as saxophonist Bobby Watson and drummer Ralph Peterson. He is invested in continuing the apprentice–mentor relationship in jazz music, hiring up-and-comers to work with him on his projects, including his recently formed Captain Black Big Band. In addition to collaborations with artists ranging from hip-hop stars Common and Mos Def to noted poet and 1993 Pew Fellow Sonia Sanchez, Evans is the founder of Imani Records and 88 Keys Productions. He has gained notoriety as a cultural advocate for Philadelphia, working as a 2010 Philly 360 Creative Ambassador for the Greater Philadelphia Marketing and Tourism Board.
Orrin Evans live at the Candlelight Lounge, 2010.
In 2017, the Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, with a lively website and short film highlighting a quarter-century of steadfast belief in the value and impact of artists.
Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity.
Theater artist and Pew Fellow Jennifer Kidwell on how she became an artist, the role of humor in her work, Philadelphia’s arts scene, and more.
Dushko Petrovich is a painter and writer who lives in New York. He is a co-founder of *Paper Monument *and teaches at Yale University.
Anna Weesner is an award-winning composer and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
The New Year will bring ambitious and innovative Center-funded projects to the Philadelphia region that will inspire audiences and push the boundaries of artistic discovery and expression.
Charlotte Blake Alston is a storyteller, a singer, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
Act II Playhouse produces classic and contemporary plays and musicals in suburban Ambler, Pennsylvania.
In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Fiach Mac Conghail has led the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, as director and CEO since 2005.
Sandra Brownlee is a weaver and a 1992 Pew Fellow.
Music critic Tom Moon has written about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and world music for more than three decades.