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Jay Lawrence

Celebrated musician Jay Lawrence has enjoyed a diverse career as a performing and recording artist, composer, arranger, clinician, educator and adjudicator. He has been voted the “Best Drummer in Utah” and “Utah’s Favorite Jazz Drummer.” Versatile, creative and respected, Lawrence’s vast professional experience began when he joined the Musicians Union (AfofM) at age fifteen and was immediately in demand working as a percussionist for myriad celebrity shows in Reno, Lake Tahoe (and later Las Vegas), including Sammy Davis Jr., Lou Rawls, Della Reese, Liza Minelli, Cher, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Loretta Lynn, Nancy Sinatra, Tom Jones, Ben E

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Article: Album Review

Q'd Up: Going Places

Read "Going Places" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Q'd Up is a quintet comprising faculty members at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The group's latest album, Going Places, marks the end of an era, as two of its longest-serving members—multi-instrumentalist Ray Smith and pianist Steve Lindeman--are indeed “going places." In other words, they are retiring and making their final recorded appearance with the ...

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Three Guitarists: Michael Musillami, Kristen Bromley, and Romain Pilon

Read "Three Guitarists: Michael Musillami, Kristen Bromley, and Romain Pilon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The more adventurous and abstract forms of jazz guitar get a lot of attention these days, but these three releases prove that mainstream guitar players still have a lot to say. Kristen R. Bromley Trio Simply Miraculous Self-produced 2019 Perhaps the most amazing thing about this CD is ...

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Sonic Paragon

Label: Jazz Hang Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Full Moon In Havana; What'll I Do; Vamonos; Slide; Maria; Dayspring; From Nadir to Zenith; Sonic Paragon; Tchoupitoulas; Golden Ratio; Crosstown Traffic; My Winsome Consort.

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Jay Lawrence: Sonic Paragon

Read "Sonic Paragon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Sonic Paragon is a satisfying set grounded in the idea of broad appeal. Drummer Jay Lawrence is no purist, and he's certainly not stubbornly set on a single course, yet he's wholly cognizant of the fact that music is both for the makers and the takers. And with an understanding of that need for balance and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jay Lawrence, Christian Scott & More

Read "Jay Lawrence, Christian Scott & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Neon Jazz continues to showcase the young talent in jazz today, and this week we profile the great jazz journey of Jay Lawrence, from his 2018 CD, Sonic Parago, to a cut from the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith off the album Keep on Lovin'. Also featured is the rising Kansas City jazz saxophonist ...

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Sweet Lime

Label: Jazz Hang Records
Released: 2012

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Thermal Strut

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Thermal Strut; Topsy; Tell Me a Bedtime Story; Love for Sale; Almost Summer; Opus de Funk; You Can't Do That; Eulogy; Agua de Beber; Peacocks.

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Article: Album Review

Jay Lawrence Trio: Thermal Strut

Read "Thermal Strut" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


Drummer Jay Lawrence has a long and serious resume which includes teaching, composing, arranging, and working with everyone from Sammy Davis and Cher to Phil Woods and James Moody. While he's been on more than ninety recordings, this is his first as a leader--and it's a corker. This is partly because Lawrence couldn't have chosen better ...

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Agua De Beber

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2006
Duration: 05:03


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