Evan Little is a jazz pianist who specializes in the bebop tradition as well as playing and collaborating in modern Jazz Fusion ensembles within the Toronto art scene. He was inspired at an early age by Canadian jazz greats Peter Appleyard and Dave McMurdo who often played at local events and encouraged his love of music.
He began his formal study of jazz piano under John McLelland, Thomas Hammerton (at JamSchool) and has continued his studies under Mark Eisenman and Noam Lemish as well as some brief instruction from Michael Wolff and Barry Harris. He has also studied under Kelly Jefferson, Ron Westray, Lorne Lofsky and Jim Vivian at York University. He has performed at Guelph’s Hillside Inside Festival, The Eden Mills Writers and Art Festivals, The Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, and various clubs in the Toronto area including Lula Lounge, Diwan (At the Aga Khan Museum), The Garrison, Ontario Place, Heruit Cafe, 120 Diner, The Emmet Ray, Alchemy and the Rex Hotel as well as private parties and events.
Evan Graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours. While at York Evan also had the honour of being awarded the prestigious Oscar Peterson Jazz Performance Scholarship (For 3 Concurrent Years), the Douglas Menzie Phillips Jazz Scholarship for Outstanding Instrumental Performance, and the Edward B. Harvey Award as well as the privilege to have many of his performances played on Jazz FM 91’s Jazzology.