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Josh Lawrence

A New Jersey native, Josh Lawrence was born in 1982 in Princeton and raised in Browns Mills, a community just outside of Fort Dix in the Pine Barrens. At age 10 he picked up the trumpet but his formal training didn’t begin until his family moved back to Princeton and he enrolled in the public high school. There he studied with Dr. Anthony Biancosino, a celebrated educator whose Studio Band dominated national band competitions throughout the 80s and 90s. Biancosino’s music program would later be immortalized in fellow alumnus Damien Chazelle’s film Whiplash. In 2000 Lawrence won a scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

The Intangible Between

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Proclaim Liberty; This Little Light of Mine; A Time For Love; That Too; Off Minor; Into Dawn; Tough Love; Im So Glad I Got to Know You

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: The Intangible Between

Read "The Intangible Between" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Pianist Orrin Evans has a deep understanding of the unshakeable bond between fellowship, humanity and the creative process. That knowledge has guided him through creating a remarkable catalog of music as both a leader and sideman, along the way, experiencing the fellowship of a collective of musicians he often refers to as “The Village."

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Nelson: Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema

Read "Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Questo disco del trombonista Peter Nelson è assai particolare sia nella struttura, sia nelle ispirazioni extramusicali che hanno portato alla sua realizzazione. Nelson, originario del Michigan ove ha iniziato a cimentarsi sul trombone fin da bambino raggiungendo ottimi risultati, si è trasferito a New York, dove tuttora vive, nel 2013, e lì si è rapidamente imposto ...

Triptych

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: We're Happiest Together; Composition #1; Composition #2; Composition #3; Sugar Hill Stroll; Earth; Wind; Fire; Sunset In Santa Barbara; That's The Way Of The World.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Pittsburgh, PA June 20-23, 2019 Now in its ninth year, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival continues to grow and prosper as one of the country's best jazz festivals. Tied to the efforts of the city's August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the festival continues to prosper under ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bill Frisell, Tom Harrell, Wadada Leo Smith and Other Great New Releases

Read "Bill Frisell, Tom Harrell, Wadada Leo Smith and Other Great New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A show packed with new music featuring new releases from Chuck Deardorf, Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Matt Brewer, Josh Lawrence, Tom Harrell, and Wadada Leo Smith. Playlist Chuck Deardorf “Lullaby" from Perception (Origin Records) 00:00 Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan “You Only Live Twice" from Epistrophy (ECM) 07:23 Josh Lawrence “We're Happiest ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Josh Lawrence: Triptych

Read "Triptych" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Triptych succeeds on the connection between Josh Lawrence's writing and a coterie of players with whom he has been associated for several years. A brilliant, enterprising band comprised of the leader's trumpet, pianist Zaccai Curtis, his brother, bassist Luques Curtis, alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis (no relation), and drummer Anwar Marshall readily embrace the contours of Lawence's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture

Read "Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If there's a defining trait to be found in the value system guiding guitarist Matt Davis and his music, it's most definitely a healthy respect and admiration for kith and kin. A love of community and belonging drives nearly every aspect of this artist's life, including his flagship ensemble, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, and it speaks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Something Blue: Maximum Enjoyment

Read "Maximum Enjoyment" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Maximum Enjoyment is a curated effort by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to feature the label's artists individually and collectively. The recording features a talented front-line of alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, trombonist Nick Finzer, and tenor saxophonist Sam Dillon, backed by an uber rhythm section featuring pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Rudy Royston.


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