Trumpeter-bandleader Josh Lawrence leads a quintet featuring acclaimed pianist Orrin Evans through a program celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month. The concert is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and will be staged at the Kimmel Center Plaza April 11, 5-7 PM.
Lawrence is a University of the Arts graduate who has recently returned to Philadelphia after building his career in New York and Europe. His newest album Roots has been garnering rave reviews and his tours are establishing him as a bright new star on the international stage. A current engagement with Evans’ band introduced Lawrence to the pianist and his music.
Hot House Magazine has described Orrin Evans as “the clear-cut best pianist of his time”. He is at the forefront of the Philadelphia and New York jazz scenes and has worked to bring them closer as illustrated on his new album Captain Black Big Band.
The two will be joined by saxophonist Mike Cemprola, bassist Micah Jones and drummer Michael De Castro for an evening of blues, bebop and soulful jazz.
Harlem’s own Lu Reid hosts an evening of music from a collective of artists based in NYC and Philly at the Shrine World Music Venue on February 22, 2011. The Jazz (R)Evolution Showcase features three bands representing different perspectives on classic genres.
The Eric Plaks / Jon Pannikar Big Band charges into the avant-garde with vigorous energy reminiscent of Cecil Taylor or Bill Dixon. Their repertoire consists of original compositions penned by various members of the band and featuring a host of brilliant improvisers.
Trumpeter Josh Lawrence leads his band the Jazz 3 from Philadelphia with music from their latest album Roots, an autobiographical song-cycle chronicling the bandleader’s personal and musical influences. This acoustic hard bop trio will be joined by special guests.
The Chris Phillips Band is one of the hottest Soul groups in Manhattan. The B.B. King Blues Club’s house band is led by keyboardist / vocalist Chris Phillips through his funky original songs and classic covers of artists from Steely Dan to Stevie Wonder.
The Jazz (R)Evolution runs from 6 PM to midnight on February 22, 2011 at the Shrine World Music Venue (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). No cover.
The Josh Lawrence Jazz 3 will perform music from their second studio album Roots, an autobiographical song-cycle chronicling the bandleader’s personal and musical influences, at The Blue Rooster Bakery & Café on Friday December 17, 2010.
Lawrence, a Cranbury native, studied at the University of the Artsin Philadelphia and became a popular sideman on the neo-soul and jazz scenes playing with artists from Erykah Badu to Charli Persip. After graduation, he moved to the historic Sugar Hill neighborhood in Harlem. He co-founded the Uptown Brass at the Church of the Intercession in Washington Heights, worked as musical director for the band Harlem Psychedelic and taught on faculty as brass instructor at Bronx ArtsandBronx Lab.
Featuring nine original compositions written by Lawrence and co-producer Jamal Jones, Roots is an individual story of the streets and sounds of New York City and Philadelphia – as told through a new, unique and soulful voice. The CD will be available for purchase at The Blue Rooster from December 1st until Christmas and a free download of the single “Queesnborough Bridge Stomp” can be found at www.blueroosterbakery.com.
Located in one of historic Cranbury’s most charming Victorian homes, The Blue Rooster Bakery & Café invites you to rediscover a few of life’s enduring pleasures - simple meals prepared with fresh, natural ingredients, a congenial place to gather with neighbors and friends and on Friday and Saturday evenings live jazz. In the third year of operation, owners Bob & Karen Finigan continue to view The Blue Rooster as an evolving presence in the area ~ from breakfast to lunch and for the last year, dinner ~ The Blue Rooster is a favorite of many. Bob’s breads are served with all meals and draw many to return often. Pastries by Peter Max and menus crafted by Karen add to the overall team approach to guiding and growing the value of the Blue Rooster to its many fans.
The Josh Lawrence Jazz 3 will perform from 7 to 10 PM at the Blue Rooster Bakery & Cafe (17 North Main Street Cranbury, NJ) Friday December 17, 2010. $10 cover charge. Reservation by call: (609) 235-7539.