Joe Evans (musician)
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Joe Evans Musician
Joe Evans
Joseph James Evans
Born(1916-10-07)October 7, 1916
DiedJanuary 17, 2014(2014-01-17) (aged 97)
InstrumentsAlto saxophone
LabelsCarnival Records

Joe Evans (October 7, 1916 - January 17, 2014) was a jazz alto saxophonist.[1][2]

Born in Pensacola, Florida,[1] he was active between 1939 and 1965, playing in the big bands of Jay McShann (coinciding with Charlie Parker), Jimmy Forrest and Gene Ramey; Don Redman and Louis Armstrong.[2] In 1944 he recorded with Mary Lou Williams, as a member of a band including Coleman Hawkins, Bill Coleman and Denzil Best.[3] At the beginning of 1945, he recorded for J. Mayo Williams's independent label, Chicago, leading a combo comprising Jesse Drakes, Duke Jordan, Gene Ramey, J. C. Heard and Etta Jones.[4]

Later that same year[5] and in 1946, he recorded with Andy Kirk's orchestra as part of a lineup that included Fats Navarro, Reuben Phillips, Jimmy Forrest, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Hank Jones, Floyd Smith, Al Hall and Ben Thigpen.[6] Other musicians he performed and recorded with include Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lionel Hampton.[2]

In 2008, University of Illinois Press published his autobiography, Follow Your Heart, co-authored by Christopher Brooks, a professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University.[7]

Evans died in Richmond, Virginia of renal disease on January 17, 2014.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Biography at Soul Express Online
  2. ^ a b c Biography at allmusic
  3. ^ 'A Little "Rifftide" Geneology' Retrieved 2012-0826
  4. ^ Paulus, G., Campbell, R., Pruter, R., Stallworth, R., Sax, D. and O'Neal, J. "Ebony, Chicago, Southern, and Harlem: The Mayo Williams Indies" Archived 2009-06-22 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2012-08-26
  5. ^ Kirk, Andy. Twenty Years on Wheels at Google Books. Retrieved 2012-08-27
  6. ^ "Fats Navarro Discography" Retrieved 2012-0826
  7. ^ Brooks, Joe Evans with Christopher. "UI Press | Joe Evans with Christopher Brooks | Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues". Retrieved .
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