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Josh Lawrence’s ‘And That Too’ featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play May 15-19

Ola Baldych
Photography by Ola Baldych
Josh Lawrence

When trumpeter Josh Lawrence is not working with Orin Evans' Captain Black Big Band, co-leading his own Fresh Cut Orchestra or directing the Jazz Studies program at the Interlochen Center For The Arts, he finds time to record his fifth album as a leader, And That Too. Joined by Willie Morris III on tenor saxophone, pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Boris Koslov and drummers Jason Tieman and Rudy Royston, there are original compositions from the leader and Morris, with an engaging visit to “Nefertiti,” a classic Wayne Shorter story.

From Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19, one cut from the And That Too album will be featured each morning on the New Day, New Play spotlight on my Daybreak show.

Preview “Nefertiti” from And That Too, above.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.