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Josh Lawrence is a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader living in Philadelphia where he is on faculty at the University of the Arts and Drexel University.
Lawrence has two solo albums to his name with a third slated to be released in the Fall of 2013. He has recorded with the likes of Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men and performs regularly with pianist Orrin Evan's critically-acclaimed Captain Black Big Band, saxophonist Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, guitarist Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, bassist Anthony Tidd's PACT, singer Laurin Talese and the Shrine Big Band.
In late 2012, Lawrence was commissioned by the Painted Bride in Philadelphia with bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall to compose and debut new music for a large ten-piece ensemble. The project was awarded a grant through the Pew Center's Philadelphia Music Project and a recording is currently in post-production. In early 2013, Lawrence was invited as an artist-in-residence to the Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program and debuted a new work for big band at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
Lawrence is currently composing music for the documentary Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere and continues to perform in Philadelphia and New York City.