LittleBAR, PIFA and Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Flickr Friday: Josh Lawrence, Jazz and Miles Davis by Anthony Dean

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post so I thought I’d jump back into it with some upcoming news. But first… thanks to everyone who came out for the PIFA Jazz Appreciation concert at the Kimmel Center. We had a fun time and the band was kicking. Orrin, Mike, Mick and Micah – BAD! I will be rolling out some video next week so keep your eyes open.

The LittleBAR Music Series opens tonight with sets from the Greg Matthews Quartet and the Wade Dean Enspiration. LittleBAR is a new jazz venue in Philly spearheaded by Matthews and bassist Mike Boone. Ola and I visited the space a few weeks back for the Jam Session and had a great time. The room is HUGE and specifically geared towards listening to music. We’ll be there. Will you?

Tomorrow we’ll be catching up with my boy from the BK Ezra Brown. He’ll be blowing his sax with Blitz the Ambassador at the PIFA Street Fair which should also be pretty cool. There are lots of events happening on the Avenue of the Arts so make sure to visit and maybe you’ll run into us.

Or… you could just swing by Chris’ Jazz Cafe around 11 PM. I’ll be playing with the Charles Lane Quintet for Grover Washington tribute night. MISTER MAGIC!

So that’s the short of it. Until the next time – Keep it Funky!


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The WPO, John Swana and Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Last night @olabaldych and I (with our friend Ula) braved the frigid weather to see the West Philadelphia Orchestra perform at Tritone on South Street. The bar was packed tight and grooving to the WPO’s own take on Eastern European folk music. The 12-piece brass band pounded through 3 sets of intense music incorporating jazz and rock influences. Yeah, I recognize that Mingus tune y’all!

The WPO, John Swana and Chris’ Jazz Cafe – Modern Angles in Sound and Soul.

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Jazz (R)Evolution 2/22 @ShrineNYC |

Harlem’s own Lu Reid hosts an evening of music from a collective of artists based in NYC and Philly at the Shrine World Music Venue on February 22, 2011. The Jazz (R)Evolution Showcase features three bands representing different perspectives on classic genres.

RSVP on Facebook.

Jazz (R)Evolution 2/22 @ShrineNYC |

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Last Minute NYC Shows TODAY & TOMORROW

Yo cats!

I will be playing two shows in NYC this week with my old drummer friend Jon Pannikar. TONIGHT (01/18 6-8 PM) will be at the Shrine in Harlem and TOMORROW (01/19 7-10 PM) will be at Bar Tabac in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Hope to see you out!

Josh Lawrence

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Joe Lovano – Bird Songs

Saxophonist Joe Lovano has a new record out with his band “US Five” which features pianist James Wiedmann, bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela spinning new arrangements of classic Charlie Parker tunes.

The album is available streaming on A Blog Supreme through January 12 so check it out before it hits the shelves.

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Do you buy, stream or download?

In today’s digital age, the way we as listeners consume music has fundamentally changed. What is your preferred method?

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Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden VIDEO

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