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Paul Wesley Evans, 20 June 1907, Spring Valley, Minnesota, USA, d. 10 January 1977, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. While still at high school Evans played several instruments, adding cornet in the late 20s. In the early 30s, working in and around Minneapolis, he concentrated on cornet and built a good if localized reputation. During the 30s he played, composed and arranged and also worked outside music. In the 40s he played occasionally in New York and Chicago but always returned to Minneapolis. He worked with Bunk Johnson, Miff Mole, Tony Parenti, Joe Sullivan and other noted jazzmen, but mostly led his own bands. He continued an active playing career through the 50s and 60s, sometimes working with musicians like Turk Murphy but again preferring the musical backwaters of Minnesota to the richer but rougher possibilities of the big time. Evans was a fluent player of traditional jazz, an admirer of Bix Beiderbecke as evidenced by his pure tone, but with few...