Nadje Noordhuis CD Release
45 Bleecker St
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply-felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own.
Noordhuis’ journey has taken her from a youth spent studying classical music in her native Australia to a headlong dive into the world of jazz that has earned her acclaim in the music’s mecca, New York. She was 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. Noordhuis is a member of several big bands, including Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra. As a composer, Noordhuis has been commissioned by the Sydney-based Baroque ensemble ThoroughBass and the new music ensemble ExhAust, and was awarded a small ensemble commission at the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT).
Noordhuis’ long-awaited self-titled debut was released on October 9, 2012 on Little Mystery Records. Featuring the stellar line-up of 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 recording is a luxurious autobiography in music. Composed over the course of a decade, the album’s eight songs incorporate gorgeous melodies, lush romanticism, vibrant improvisation, and influences ranging from Pat Metheny to Irish folk songs to tango to film scores. The album was mixed and mastered by world renown sound engineer, Jan Erik Kongshaug, who has recorded the majority of ECM's legendary catalog.
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 where she still resides. There, she studied with such jazz luminaries as Javon Jackson and John Riley, and recorded with Renee Rosnes, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash. She 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. Recent projects as a ‘sideman’ have been with Donny McCaslin and Allan Harris, appearing at venues ranging from NYC’s Blue Note and Jazz Gallery to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and collaborations with Kate McGarry and Peter Eldridge have yielded performances at Birdland, the Jazz Standard and Joe’s Pub. 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.
Most recently, Jo performed with Bobby McFerrin at Carnegie Hall, and has joined the Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra, a new quartet led by Mr. Hersch. Jo is currently featured as guest vocalist on two new releases for Palmetto Records: Kate McGarry’s “If Less is More... Nothing is Everything” (released August ‘08) and Dr. Lonnie Smith’s upcoming album (scheduled for release early ’09). Jo leads her own quintet which performs in and around NYC, 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 October 21, 2008.