[UPDATE: The interview audio is now atop the page, and the chat window is below.]
Orrin Evans leads the Captain Black Big Band at Winter Jazzfest 2011.
We promised a surprise last Wednesday. Here it is: Captain Black Big Band, the self-titled debut album from the jazz orchestra led by pianist Orrin Evans, is an NPR Music First Listen this week. That means you can hear the entire album — either all at once or track-by-track, with annotations — for free online before it comes out next week.
Also! This Friday, March 25, around 1:30 p.m. ET, Orrin Evans will join me and WBGO's Alex W. Rodriguez in the studio to listen to some tracks and talk about the album. Join in by listening from your computer, and participating in an online chat room we'll have up at this page. Once you have a listen, we invite you to leave us your questions for Orrin at this page, and on the chat too. We'll bring as many of them up in the interview as we can.
Again: Listen to the album now, and also hear an interview and join the chat.