Evan Kappelman is a saxophonist and composer originating from the historically important jazz community of Kansas City. In the Summer of 2019, Evan performed at Carnegie Hall followed by a tour across Asia with bandleader Sean Jones and guest artist Kurt Elling as a member of the NYO Jazz program. He has also received honors with selections to the 2019 NAfME All-National Jazz Ensemble, the 2018 Jazz Band of America, and as a YoungArts Merit Winner in Jazz Performance and Composition. As a bandleader, Evan has performed with his quartet at venues across the Midwest and the East Coast. Evan currently attends Temple University under the tutelage of Dick Oatts and Terell Stafford, and resides in Kansas City as of Summer 2021.