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Trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and educator living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York.
Josh Lawrence brings a full complement of tones and contrasts to his new record COLOR THEORY (Posi-Tone Records). Featuring a powerful line-up fronted by Lawrence's trumpet, keyboardist Adam Faulk, pianist Orrin Evans, and alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, everything stays straight forward and swinging hard while the rhythm section of bassist Madison Rast and drummer Anwar Marshall keep everything honest and in the pocket. The music is meant to be reflections of the entire spectrum, and the musical program covers several hues and shades with an exciting and evocative presentation of Lawrence's new original compositions. COLOR THEORY features an amazing combination of talents and a highlight reel of brilliant performances. Josh Lawrence is a new star on the jazz horizon and his music is sure to bring bright moments to jazz fans everywhere.
Lawrence hails from Philadelphia, where he is on faculty at the University of the Arts, Drexel University, and the Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program. He has three solo albums under his name and two with his large ensemble the Fresh Cut Orchestra. He performs regularly with pianist Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, bassist Anthony Tidd’s PACT, saxophonist Caleb Curtis, the George Gee Swing Orchestra, saxophonist Bobby Zankel & the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, guitarist Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph, drummer Francois Zayas, and singers Laurin Talese & Venissa Santi. He has also recorded as a sideman with Erykah Badu (New Amerykah Part 1) & Boyz II Men (Throwback).
With bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall, Lawrence co-leads the Fresh Cut Orchestra, a burgeoning large ensemble from Philadelphia that was founded with a commission from Lenny Seidman of the fabled Painted Bride Art Center, and supported by the Kimmel Center, the Pew Center, and the American Composers Forum. FCO has performed at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club, the Center City Jazz Festival, and the Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts (PIFA). The orchestra's two albums From The Vine and Mind Behind Closed Eyes are available on Ropeadope Records.
Other recent work has included a residency at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, scoring the documentary Love & Terror by director Dave Jannetta, performances w/ Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jaleel Shaw, Don Byron, Rene McLean, and Roman Filiu, and completion of his five-movement Harlem Suite composed for the Captain Black Big Band’s Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton presented by Revive Music in February 2015 at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.