Philly Jazz: Fresh Cut from the Vine – Featuring Jason Fraticelli, Josh Lawrence, and Anwar Marshall

Saturday, October 20th | 8pm
Philly Jazz: Fresh Cut from the Vine
Debut collaboration featuring ten of Philly’s own musicians led by
Jason Fraticelli (bass), Josh Lawrence (trumpet) and Anwar Marshall (drums)
$20 in advance, $25 day of show | Members: $15/$18.75

In a city blossoming with emerging talent, Fresh Cut offers three promising Philly-based jazz musicians an opportunity to collaborate, create and debut new works for the first time as collective leaders. Ten of the finest local emerging musicians will rehearse and perform the newly composed and arranged works.

After 39 years of presenting jazz, this summer Bride music curator Lenny Seidman decided to take stock of Jazz on Vine – the artists, the accolades, the aesthetic approach and curatorial focus. Jazz on Vine is the longest continuing jazz series in Philadelphia. Check. The Bride’s stage has seen the likes of nearly every “best new” award-winning name in modern jazz spanning nearly four decades. Check.  Marked by two ASCAP award for “Best Adventurous Music” the series has progressively grown global featuring trailblazers who have made authentic cultural contributions to the growth of the genre such as Rudresh Mahanthappa and Francisco Mela. Check. The series has recently seen the return of Grammy-winning giants Dave Holland and Steven Bernstein. Check. Fresh Cut from the Vine is Seidman’s answer to the question what’s next/new for Jazz on Vine and for jazz in Philadelphia. He could have booked two musician-composers for a nice double bill debut, but instead Seidman surfaced the idea to offer three top emerging local ensemble leader-composers the opportunity to work together collectively as leaders to create fresh compositions for a large ensemble of musicians from Philly. Yet another chapter of jazz at the Bride, is in the making. Don’t miss the chance to dig it!

Josh Lawrence is a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader living in Philadelphia where he is on faculty at the University of the Arts School of Music.

He has two solo albums to his name and has also recorded with the likes of Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men. His music has been described as “pure, unadulterated New York City and Philadelphia jazz” (Elements of Jazz).

Lawrence currently leads the NEW Quartet and is releasing a live recording of the band this spring featuring pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly, bassist Leon Boykins and drummer Anwar Marshall. He  is writing music for a new studio recording with the quartet due out in early 2013. Lawrence also performs regularly with pianist Orrin Evan’s Captain Black Big Band, saxophonist Norman David and the Eleventet, the Shrine Big Band, saxophonist Tim Armacost’s Brooklyn Big Band and singer Laurin Talese.

Upon graduating from the University of the Arts in 2004, Lawrence moved to New York City where he made a name for himself as a sideman while teaching music in the Bronx charter school system. While living in NYC, he studied theory and composition with master pianist Barry Harris who performed with nearly every prominent jazz musician since the 1940s including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan and more.

In 2009, Lawrence relocated to Europe where he toured and recorded with Polish violinist Adam Baldych and performed a series of duo concerts with Berlin-based American pianist Reggie Moore. Later that year he released his first full length studio album ROOTS (recorded in the US) and toured throughout Poland with his trio. He returned to the states in 2011 to join the faculty at the University of the Arts and debut his NEW Quartet at the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

Since returning to US, Lawrence has performed at Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, Small’s Jazz Club, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, the Painted Bride, the Garage, the Shrine, Lucky Old Souls, the Society Hill Playhouse, Plays & Players and other venues in New York City and Philadelphia.

Josh Lawrence endorses the Soulo Mute and Reunion Blues Gig Bags.


Jason Fraticelli is a Philadelphia based bassist. After studying at Bucks County Community College and New School University in New York City, he has had a very diverse career thus far touring through some beautiful parts of the world and making music with some of the most talented artists. He is primarily an upright bassist, but also  performs and has recorded on guitar, drums, electric bass, cuatro (a 10 stringed guitar from Puerto Rico), and as a singer.  Some of Jason’s many musical endeavors include performing with artists such as Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin, and The Bennevento Russo Duo. He has also toured with jazz artist Melody Gardot and hasidic rapper Matisyahu. Today he leads his own band ‘Jason Fraticelli and the Wet Dreams’ while at the same time performing with other Philadelphia and New York based groups.

Anwar Marshall is a 22-year-old drummer and percussionist from Philadelphia.  For the past five years, he’s been playing around the Tri State area with a variety of different musicians.  Anwar’s first jazz gigs were with the late great pianist, James “Sid” Simmons and master bassist, Mike Boone at Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus filling in for his hero, Byron Landham.  While working regularly at Ortlieb’s, Anwar was fortunate enough to share the stage with Duane Eubanks, Lee Smith, Joe Magnarelli, Orrin Evans, Pete Souders, Steve Beskerone, and many others.

Anwar Marshall studied under the leadership of Kevin Rodgers at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia. He then went on to study at the University of the Arts also in Philadelphia, where he studied with Eric Johnson and Joe Nero. While attending the University of the Arts, Anwar played regularly with the U Arts “Z” Big Band and the Transfusion Ensemble.  During college, he also began to play with the Wade Dean Enspiration, Gerald Veasly, Kevin Hanson, Luke O’rielly, Victor North, Neil Podersky, and Chris Farr.

Currently, Anwar is part of a collective of humanitarian artists/musicians called the 20somethings, in which he produces for several different artists in their quest to positively influence the youth of inner city Philadelphia.  He is also a music instructor at the historic Freedom Theatre.  Anwar can also be heard playing with groups such as the Captain Black Big Band, Lucas Brown and Skyline, the Mini Q’s, and many others.