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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.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the tragic earthquake which devastated Haiti. Musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable organization Yele Haiti has established various programs to assist the Haitian people with their struggle. Visit yele.org to find out what you can do to help.
What follows is a live recording of a piece I composed for my last album entitled “Haitian Call & Cry”. Please feel free to download and share it with your friends and family. Thank you.
- Josh Lawrence & Ola Baldych
The Josh Lawrence Jazz 3’s second studio album Roots has been released by BFM Digital on iTunes and Amazon. Fill up you iPod TODAY!
“The sound is pure, unadulterated New York City and Philadelphia jazz… ROOTS is one of the freshest albums I’ve heard in 2010… All nine cuts can stand on their own merit. Collectively, it makes it a fantastic album.”