Bassist Christian McBride recently sat down with NPR’s Audie Cornish to discuss what he’s excited about in jazz in 2015. On the list: the Fresh Cut Orchestra’s debut album From The Vine!
You can hear the conversation by clicking here.
Philadelphia houses one of today’s most dynamic yet under-appreciated jazz scenes. Luckily the Fresh Cut Orchestra offers a remedy: For an introduction to the next generation of talent in a city that produced figures like John Coltrane and Christian McBride and the Eubanks family, tune into this burgeoning large ensemble. It’s led by three improvisers and composers on the rise—trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall—and all of its 10 members are local leaders.
The Fresh Cut Orchestra’s debut release, From the Vine, features all original music, and it has a far-reaching, panoptic quality. The album dips into various soundscapes and grooves, deftly migrating from ephemeral to slicing, which bespeaks the bandleaders’ range of experiences: Lawrence has performed with Erykah Badu, Boyz II Men and Orrin Evans; Fraticelli with Matisyahu, Taylor McFerrin and Mark Guiliana; and Marshall with Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Dave Douglas.
“Our vibe was just spot on from the beginning,” Lawrence says of the ensemble, which arose out of a commission in 2012 and has worked steadily around Philadelphia ever since. “Everybody in this group is a leader of some project, and we all play in each other’s bands, so there’s a lot of camaraderie onstage. And that’s been translating to the audience. A lot of the music we’ve written is pretty complex, but everybody in the group is so top game that it happens pretty easily. In this situation it’s almost ESP-like, because we’ve been working together in so many formats.”
At the Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia.
October 31, 2014 – 8:00 pm
On Halloween Night, Steve Tirpak brings together some of Philly’s most talented Jazz artists for an intensely, spooky good time in a special Halloween performance, a monster bash called, “Boo2!”
There is something for everyone! Come and enjoy Jazz, Blues, Rock, R&B and Hiphop tunes, like Snoop Dog’s, “Murder Was The Case They Gave Me” to Wayne Shorter’s “Witchhunt.” Boo2! musical director, Steve Tirpak, is driven by the need to please his listeners. “I’m writing with the audience in mind,” he says. “Generally speaking, I’m trying to capture the essence of the song and be true to the artist.
We are talking about a hot, 12 piece band that can effortlessly play Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock and Hiphop. With an array of powerful and inventive singers as well as a rapper with many styles, who can flow on any beat and any tune.
Don’t forget to wear a costume! The band will be in full costume. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume. Come and enjoy Refreshments & Dancing.
Josh Lawrence, trumpet; Jason Fraticelli, bass; Anwar Marshall, drums.
August 29, 2014 11:30pm – 2:00am.
Chris’ Jazz Cafe 1421 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19110
Save the Date for the 8th Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is hosting this family-friendly, free event on Saturday, July 19th – you do not want to miss this!
PEC is hosting its 8th Annual Lancaster Jazz & Arts Festival this summer, helping spotlight Lancaster Avenue as one of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural corridors. This free jazz and arts celebration offers families the chance to experience the best in fusion, rhythm, smooth, and Caribbean jazz. This year’s festival is being headlined by internationally-renowned jazz saxophonist Azar Lawrence, who is often compared to John Coltrane, has played with jazz legends such as Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner. Mr. Lawrence is not only performing at the festival but also hosting a master class for local children on Friday, July 18th at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. In addition to the Azar Lawrence Quintet, the festival includes several Philadelphia vocalists and musicians such as Josh Lawrence, Glenn Bryan & Friends, the Charlene Halloway Band, and many more. PEC is also proud to feature the West Powelton Drummers and youth performers from Play On, Philly!