Paul "Stump" Evans (October 18, 1904 – August 29, 1928)[1] was an American musician, who was one of the first jazz saxophonists.

Stump Evans
Birth namePaul Anderson Evans
Born(1904-10-18)October 18, 1904
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.
DiedAugust 29, 1928(1928-08-29) (aged 23)
Douglas County, Kansas, U.S.
Years active1920s

Evans experimented with several instruments: alto horn, trombone, and alto saxophone.[1] In the 1920s, he played baritone saxophone in Chicago as a member of the Creole Jazz Band led by King Oliver and the Dixie Syncopators.[1] He played C melody saxophone when he supported singer Priscilla Stewart. With Oliver he played soprano saxophone, then alto saxophone with the Red Hot Peppers led by Jelly Roll Morton.[1] Evans also worked as a sideman for Erskine Tate[2] and Jimmy Wade.

He died at the age of 23 from tuberculosis.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 809. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Stump Evans". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Rye, Howard (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 729. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.