Joe Evans (October 7, 1916 – January 17, 2014) was a jazz alto saxophonist.
Born in Pensacola, Florida, 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. In 1944 he recorded with Mary Lou Williams, as a member of a band including Coleman Hawkins, Bill Coleman and Denzil Best. 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.
Later that same year 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. Other musicians he performed and recorded with include Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lionel Hampton.
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.
Evans died in Richmond, Virginia of renal disease on January 17, 2014.
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Birth and Death Data: Born October 7, 1916 (Pensacola), Died January 17, 2014 (Richmond)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1945 - 1946
Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||73161||10-in.||11/27/1945||Get together with the Lord||The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73162||10-in.||11/27/1945||I know||The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73163||10-in.||11/27/1945||Soothe me||The Jubalaires ; Andy Kirk||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73264||1/3/1946||He's my baby||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73265||1/3/1946||Alabama bound||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73266||1/3/1946||Soothe me||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73267||1/3/1946||Doggin' man blues||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73590||5/23/1946||I don't know what I'd do without you||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73591||5/23/1946||I'm so lonesome I could cry||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73751||12/2/1946||Now you tell me||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73752||12/2/1946||Louella||Andy Kirk Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73753||12/2/1946||So soon||The Four Knights||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73754||12/2/1946||I'm falling for you||The Four Knights||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Evans, Joe," accessed March 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/314539.
Evans, Joe. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/314539.
"Evans, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Joe Evans (musician)
Discogs: Joe Evans
Allmusic: Joe Evans
Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Evans, Joe, 1916-2014 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2007051375
Wikidata: Joe Evans (musician) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q6209738
MusicBrainz: Joe Evans - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/550158ca-bf22-4112-84ce-e9cbfbd7dc91
ISNI: 0000 0000 5523 0023 - http://www.isni.org/isni/0000000055230023
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