When Josh Lawrence became the 700th member of this little jazz club, I asked him if he had a favorite artist or song for me to write about. To my surprise he turned out to be a recording jazz artist himself and he (modestly third on his list) suggested me his second studio album ‘Roots’.
Lawrence (1982) studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and became a popular sideman on the neo-soul and jazz scenes. After graduation, he moved to the historic Sugar Hill neighborhood in Harlem where he was introduced to jazz masters Barry Harris, Frank Lacy, Jimmy Cobb, Lou Donaldson and Olu Dara. He co-founded the ‘Uptown Brass' at the Church of the Intercession in Washington Heights, worked as musical director for the band 'Harlem PsychaDelic' and taught on faculty as brass instructor at 'Bronx Arts' and 'Bronx Lab’.
Today Josh Lawrence performs in clubs and festivals across Europe spreading the ‘gospel of American jazz’ and continues to teach students of all ages through master class programs.
Thank you Josh, for this wonderful contribution.
Josh Lawrence - Trumpet Mike Cemprola - Alto Saxophone Ken Pendergast - Bass Mike De Castro - Drums