This Saturday, New York City’s Culture Project will feature Australian trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis and singer/songwriter, Jo Lawry.
Nadje Noordhuis spent her youth studying classical music in Australia before heading to New York. Her talent was recognized when she became one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a weeklong residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010.Her luring and evocative voice, mixed with classical training and jazz expression gives her a sound that is distinctively her own.
Noordhuis’ self-titled debut LP was released in October 2012 through Little Mystery Records. Featuring violinist Sara Caswell, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Obed Calvaire, with appearances by percussionist James Shipp and classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, the LP’s eight songs tell a journey. The album was composed over the course of a decade, and its songs give a unique sense to periods of time passing.
Rarely does a singer come along in whom virtuosity meets sensitivity. Jo Lawry at once tests the limits of technical facility and explores the furthest reaches of musical expression. Her music, steeped in the jazz tradition without being constrained by its traditional forms and functions, demonstrates a unique combination of maturity and inventiveness.
Born in South Australia, Jo was awarded a 2003 Fulbright Scholarship for study in the United States, which led her to New York and she has never looked back. Like Noordhuis, Lawry was also a semifinalist in the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Jo Lawry’s performing career since arriving in the US has been exciting and varied. She has performed and/or recorded with Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, and Hal Galper to name a few. Jo is also Artist-in-Residence at the United States Embassy of Australia and has given multiple command performances for both the current and previous Australian Ambassadors.
Jo leads her own quintet which performs in the New York metro area, appearing regularly at notable jazz venues such as the 55 Bar and Cornelia Street Café. With this group, she recorded her debut CD as a leader featuring her own compositions and arrangements, titled ‘I Want To Be Happy’, released in October 2008.
The two Australian musicians, both semifinalists in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, albeit different years, have received many awards and accolades. Jo also frequently tours with Sting as a backup singer.
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2013 7:00 pm Doors
WHERE: Culture Project 45 Bleecker St. New York, NY
TICKETS: $20 or save 75% off ticket price with code: ‘cultureproject’