Composer Evan Solot's work has earned accolades and support from such diverse sources as National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Meet The Composer, and the American Composers Forum. Evan composes for orchestras, choirs, jazz groups, pop recordings, dance and theater. His music has been performed by some of the country's leading jazz and pop performers, including Randy and Michael Brecker, Stanley Clarke, Kurt Elling, Mel Torme and Bette Midler. He has collaborated with poet Sonia Sanchez, playwright Ntosake Shange, choreographer Judith Jamison, and Stevie Wonder. His commissions include pieces for Alaska, Mississippi, Illinois and Minnesota.
A former trumpet player, he toured with Bette Midler, Burt Bacharach, Frank Sinatra and Lou Rawls as well as serving as lead trumpet in over 50 Broadway shows.
As a Fulbright Scholar, he was a jazz education consultant in New Zealand and the USIA awarded him with the designation of American Cultural Specialist. His recent Senior Scholar Fulbright was in Sri Lanka where he helped with their first international music festival. Evan's music underscores the award winning documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" and is part of Naxos Records' American Essentials series with the Chestnut Brass. He orchestrated the new NBC Nightly News Theme. Evan is a professor and Head of the Composition Department at University of the Arts.