“Evens is a pianist with a vibrant and robust approach to his composing and playing and his command of harmony and trio playing is simply amazing.” — Geannine Reid, All About Jazz
“One of the most striking aspects of Evens’ approach to piano music is his inerrant sense of timing. There is no rush, every sparkling detail is savored at leisure, without a trace of decadent indulgence.” — Elberton Cisnero, 5 Finger Review
“Solid stuff that swings with a wink and a smile…” –Chris Spector, MidWest Record
“…swings so hard that you will want to clear a space to move, because something is going to be a’ boppin’. “– Roland Freerier, The Jazz Word
“Evens creates confidently played and artfully shaped melodies that are musical and full of energy and heart from his nimble piano playing fingers!” — Icrom Bigrad, Jazz Sensibilities
Gabe Evens is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano, Composition and Arranging at the University of Louisville, Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program. He has performed throughout the United States and in Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, and France and has played with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the University of North Texas Symphony and Concert Orchestras, the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band, and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band.
As an arranger and composer, Evens has released seven CDs of original music, written commissions for Sheena Easton and Kate McGarry with the Cape Symphony Orchestra, and for Nneena Freelon with the John Brown Big Band. He has had numerous compositions performed by chamber and large ensembles including the Louisville Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica de Loja, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra to the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band.
Evens is a faculty member of the prestigious Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, holds an MA in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Miami, and a DMA in Performance, major in Jazz studies (composition emphasis) from the University of North Texas.