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Be a part of the creative process! Join the Fresh Cut Orchestra for an interactive public workshop designed to incorporate YOUR creativity and input as our project, selected by an incredible panel of jazz experts from across the nation, continues to expand and develop from original concept to complete new work.
Our season-long Jazz Residency program puts the spotlight on three local artists who will bring cutting-edge performances and workshops to SEI Innovation Studio. Each artist, selected by an incredible panel of Jazz experts from across the country, will explore the jazz tradition with a fresh new approach that features new music, incorporates elements drawn from other musical genres including Afro-Cuban, Bata rhythms of the Yoruba, and Hip-Hop. Through this residency, new works will be created and local artists will be given a platform to share their take on what jazz is and where it’s going.
Each artist will present a work-in-progress performance, two arts education work-shops, and a final performance of their finished work.
Josh Lawrence, a rising jazz trumpet star, composer, and performer who has recorded with the likes of Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men, is readying a new album, “One Night in Atlanta,” for release Sept. 17, 2013.
The new album features the Philadelphia-based Lawrence in an unorthodox trumpet-bass-drums trio, where he is joined by bassist Chris Riggenbach and drummer Michael de Castro. Employing a warm, fat sound, Lawrence features the trumpet in a way rarely heard on jazz recordings. The result is seven lush, unhurried, and cool tracks, all of which are composed by Lawrence.
“It’s a brave move to record a trio record with trumpet as the lead instrument and Josh Lawrence does it with confidence,” remarked noted jazz pianist Orrin Evans said. “Josh is truly a bright star on the new horizon.”