Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed trumpeter, composer, and recording artist whose recent Color Theory project was dubbed “an all-star outfit” by The New York Times. Bandmates include alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, drummer Anwar Marshall, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and bassist Luques Curtis. The quintet’s third album Triptych is now available on Posi-Tone Records.
A "preeminent voice among young composers" (Downbeat 2017), Lawrence has received awards from Chamber Music America, the American Composers Forum, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Lawrence also directs Philadelphia's Fresh Cut Orchestra and is a member of and staff arranger for pianist Orrin Evans' GRAMMY award winning Captain Black Big Band.
My role as an educator is to propagate the history, culture, and aesthetics of Jazz while inspiring students to approach their artistic practice with curiosity, creativity, and optimism. Students of Jazz should understand how the music reflects the history of the African diaspora in America from the transatlantic slave trade through the civil rights movement to our current moment. In light of this history, the culture of Jazz is one of diversity and inclusivity. This is due in part to the importance of empathy and improvisation in balancing personal expression and collective creativity in the music.
B.M., Trumpet - The University of the Arts
M.M., Jazz Trumpet - The Juilliard School