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Evans was born in Spring Valley, Minnesota. In August, 1953, Evans gave a series of concerts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These concerts were recorded, and issued on LP by Soma Recording Company, based in Minneapolis. Evans also recorded extensively for Audiophile Records.
He returned to Minneapolis and continued playing jazz up until his last recordings in 1975. He also founded the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and conducted it until his death, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 1999, a yearly Doc Evans Jazz Festival was founded in Minnesota that ran for nine years.
A website, docevans.com is maintained by his son, Allan Evans.