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Josh Lawrence & Color Theory ft. Anwar Marshall & Tony Peebles

  • Black Cat 400 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

Tickets ($10 - $20)

Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed trumpeter and composer. A “preeminent voice among young composers” (Downbeat 2017), Lawrence has received awards from Chamber Music America, the American Composers Forum, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Lawrence explores several different avenues of musical expressionism with Color Theory ensemble, dubbed “an all-star outfit” by The New York Times. The band is full of vigor — three horns, two keyboardists — and jolting turns. Bandmates include pianist Orrin Evans, drummer Anwar Marshall, the Curtis Brothers, pianist Zaccai, bassist Luques, alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, and trombonist David Gibson.

Their new record, entitled Contrast, digs into the counterpoint of joy and pain, inspired by the works of painter/art theorist Vasily Kandinsky. Kandinsky outlined the theory of the definitive sound of colors, noting for example, the bright yellow conceptualization of treble, which could never be mistaken for the dark colors and depth of bass tones. 

Contrast is composed of a pair of five movement suites, much like two sides of an LP. The first suite takes its titles from the Kandinsky collection of paintings in the Guggenheim collection, the second being referred to as the "American side." The abstract musical perception is as a prism to create music out of color. 

Multi-dimensional drummer Anwar Marshall brings an ardent physicality to Color Theory’s music, that pushes and drives the band in multiple directions seemingly at will throughout the session. 

About Tony Peebles
Tony Peebles is a tenor saxophonist and a founding member of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, performing on every track of its 2014 Grammy Award-winning (Best Tropical Latin Album) debut album, including a solo on "Muevete Con Prisa". 

Throughout the years, Tony has performed in many different genres with such artists as Fred Wesley (James Brown), The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Karl Denson, Don Carlos, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Prince "Blkmagic" Damons, Wil Blades, Tommy Igoe, Andy Bey, Nnenna Freelon, Geri Allen, Oliver Lake, John Lee Hooker Jr., Karl Perazzo (Santana), and Antoine Roney.

Tony has played numerous major music venues and festivals including SFJAZZ Center, Yoshi's, The Fillmore, Montreux Jazz Festival, Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and San Francisco Jazz Festival

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Nick Hempton Trio