The Josh Lawrence Quartet featuring alto saxophonist Mike Cemprola, bassist Leon Boykins and drummer Mike De Castro performing Sonny Rollins’ “Freedom Suite” at the Garage in NYC:
Main Stage / Convention Hall, Saturday November 10. Show at 1:30pm. The Captain Black Big Band blasts off the Saturday afternoon session of the Festival on the Main Stage. You’ll need a seat to keep from being blown into the ocean when the power, strength and majesty of the CBBB gets cranking.
The 17 member Captain Black Big Band started in 2009 as another project that jazz pianist Orrin Evans dreamed up. Over the years, he has constantly thrown himself into new endeavors. This latest endeavor has been quite labor intensive. The Captain Black Big Band, (named after Orrin’s late father, Donald T. Evans’ favorite tobacco) consists of (4) trombonists (5) saxophonists (4) trumpeter, a bassist, a drummer and (2) pianists not including the leader, who will occasionally jump in and perform a song or two. One of the interesting things about this project is that he has enlisted Frank Lacy, Todd Bashore and Darryl Yokley to do arrangements of many of his compositions and also arrangements of standards. One of the other unique qualities about this band is that many of the band members hail from Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. In this rather eclectic pairing of musicians, you will find, professors, students, touring artists and professional recording artists. Orrin features Grammy nominated musicians on gigs to up the anti and continually raise the bar. The CBBB, as they are sometimes called, performed on a weekly basis for four months straight, developing and honing their sound, and then recorded a live recording, which was released on the Posi-Tone record label January 2011. Coming this Fall early Winter in 2012 CBBB is set to release their new recording on Imani Records.
“You’ve heard of the leadership crisis in America? Orrin Evans is not part of that problem. Running a jazz big band in 2010 involves skill in composing, arranging, conducting and scheduling; it also involves nerve, because a big band these days is naturally a kind of statement, a platform for adventuresome writing or maintaining a tradition. And it takes strength: musical and physical.” ~Ben Ratliff New York Times
On August 2nd 2012, Josh Lawrence will be performing at the Garage in New York City with the Chordless Quartet featuring alto saxophonist Mike Cemprola, bassist Leon Boykins and drummer Mike De Castro. The band will be swinging through a mix of standards and originals at this hip West Village club.
6 to 10 pm. No cover. More info at garagerest.com.
On July 11th 2012, at 10:30pm, Josh Lawrence will be performing at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia with the trio which toured Poland in 2010 in promotion of his album ROOTS. The band features bassist Chris Riggenbach and drummer Michael De Castro.
Watch the Jazz 3 in Krakow:
Appearing on the Jazz at the Playhouse series to celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month will be trumpeter Josh Lawrence and his band featuring pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly, bassist Leon Boykins and drummer Anwar Marshall.
$10 (General Admission)
No advance sales.
Info Phone: 215-517-8337
$10 Parking across the street. NJ concertgoers can take the High Speed Line to 9th/10th stop and walk two blocks to the theater.
The NEW Quartet featuring trumpeter Josh Lawrence, pianist Luke O’Reilly, bassist Brian Howell and drummer Mike De Castro ended their summer residency at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia with one final show in September. In this video shot by Ola Baldych the band puts its own spin on George Gershwin’s “Summertime”.
More to come!
The NEW Quartet featuring trumpeter Josh Lawrence, pianist Luke O’Reilly, bassist Brian Howell and drummer Mike De Castro debuted last Monday at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. Pianist Orrin Evans also swung by the club to join the band on the second set. Enjoy some video from the show courtesy of @olabaldych: