08.03.14A Land Down Under
The Sting/Paul Simon tour is heading to Australia and New Zealand in 2015, and I can't wait to set foot on my home shore once again. Fortunately, I don't have to! In celebration of my upcoming new album, Taking Pictures, I'm doing a mini solo tour this August/September, starting in Sydney on August 23. I'm doing some duo sets with Will Vinson, quartet shows at Bennett's Lane (Melbourne) and the 505 (Sydney), some house concerts along the way, and finishing with a bang at the Brisbane Town Hall on September 9. Hope you can join me somewhere along the way! Click the "itinerary" tab for more details!
02.06.14Jo Lawry to join Sting and Paul Simon for US/Canada tour
I'm so excited to be out on the road again, this time with not just one of my heroes, but TWO! I'll be joining Sting and Paul Simon on their North American tour: twenty-one shows, two of the world's greatest singer-songwriters, their two terrific bands melded into one fantastic musical extravaganza. And yes, I have bruises from pinching myself repeatedly!
12.01.13Celebrate the holidays at SubCulture
Laila Biali, Gregg Keillor and I lead SubCulture's holiday "house band" for 11 special shows with 11 special guests these holidays.
09.01.13"The Last Ship" sets sail!
This project has been in the works for a couple of years now, and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it from the very beginning. It has been incredible to see the story and songs take shape, and I couldn't be more excited to see it set sail this month. The album drops on September 24, and we're celebrating with ten intimate shows at The New York Public Theater. Come aboard!
05.08.13Once more into the breach...
Wow, you guys really like this tour, huh? Very happy to be heading out again with the "Back to Bass" cast and crew for some US and European touring this summer. "A week in Paris will ease the bite of it..."
03.20.13It's album-making time!
Psyched to be heading into the studio later this month to start tracking for the upcoming record. Which of the 16 songs will make it onto the album? Organ or accordion on that weird odd-time tune? Electric or acoustic on that sad one? How many percussion instruments can Dan Rieser invent/MacGyver in four days of tracking? What snacks will I bring? All these questions will be answered and more...
01.01.13Tickets almost sold out for Jo Lawry at The Space Theater
Looking forward to my first home-town gig in a while. Apparently tickets are nearly sold-out! (Thanks, Mum and Dad.) Can't wait to play a whole heap of new original songs, soon to be recorded. Grab one of the last remaining seats while you can, I'd love to see you there!
11.01.12The gig that keeps on giving...
Yep, we're heading back to Europe! And after that, Asia! And after that, I get to spend a hot and sunny Christmas at home in Australia! Yippeeeee!
06.01.12Back to Bass? Back to Europe!
Well, I guess people liked it... we're heading back to Europe this summer for round two of the Sting's "Back to Bass" tour. Looking forward to my first time visiting Ibiza, Umbria, Riga, Zagreb, Odense...
05.01.12Jo Lawry to open for Suzanne Vega in the UK
I'm very excited to be opening for one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Suzanne Vega, in the UK later this month. A gig at the Minack theater, a spectacular amphitheater on the wild cliffs of Penzance in Cornwall? Yes, please! Other shows too... check out Suzanne's website for details.
01.15.12"Back to Bass" heads to Europe
We're taking Sting's "Back to Bass" tour across the Atlantic this winter! This time with Dominic Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta, David Sancious and Peter Tickell. Hope to see you out there!
09.14.11New Sting tour announced
Jo is thrilled to be joining Sting once again on his newest tour, "Back to Bass," beginning in Boston on October 21. Also in the band will be guitarists Dominic Miller and Rufus Miller, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and Peter Tickell (electric fiddle). See Itinerary or www.sting.com for dates and locations.
01.26.11Best Australia Day Ever
The Sting tour hit Australia this January, and January 26 found me performing with my boss at a winery in the Barossa Valley, just outside my home town of Adelaide, South Australia. Add a front row entirely populated by my family and friends, and you have the BEST AUSTRALIA DAY EVER. (Next week playing four nights at The Sydney Opera House won't be too shabby, either!)
02.23.10Jo on tour with Sting in 2010
Sting will embark on a world tour this summer, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and a quartet featuring Jo Lawry, longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, bassist Ira Coleman and percussionist David Cossin. The tour will find Sting performing his most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio (Pavarotti, Bocelli).
Tour dates and locations can be found on the itinerary page, or at www.sting.com.
Jo is also featured on the new Sting album, "Symphonicities," available at Amazon and iTunes.
12.17.09Jo is featured on Sting's new DVD, "A Winter's Night... Live from Durham Cathedral"
Jo is thrilled to be performing with Sting as part of this project, beginning with the taping of the DVD in the UK, followed by performances in New York (at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine) and in Europe. Jo sings background vocals, plays violin, and performs a duet with Sting on his beautiful song, "Ghost Story."
12.15.09Downbeat Magazine names "I Want to Be Happy" among the best CDs of the decade!
In the January 2010 Special Collector's Edition of Downbeat Magazine, Jo's debut CD, "I Want to Be Happy" was listed among the Best CDs of the 2000s. Click on the link to purchase your copy now!
09.15.09Downbeat review: "I Want to Be Happy" receives 4.5 stars!
Petite Aussie Jo Lawry’s modest voice houses wondrous jazz chops and wiry curiosity; she winnows pizzazz out of stuff new (Sting’s “Until”) and old (“I’m Old Fashioned”). She floats over raw samba on “I Could’ve Danced All Night” (pandeiro duo) and a frenzied “Loro,” and nails “I Only Have Eyes For You” to the sky with a cosmic “millions of people pass by.” Brimming with gleeful adventure and inner glow, Lawry freshly reimagines tunes that conjure Dominique Eade’s exploratory dynamics (scat-wise “In A Spin”), Carmen McRae’s fearless eclecticism (tabla-tinged “Can’t Smile Without You”) and her own intuitive narrative gift (Dar Williams’ nuanced “February”).
Fred Bouchard, Downbeat Magazine.
08.05.09Jo featured on NPR's "A Blog Supreme"
Patrick Jarenwattananon talks about Jo's wordless work with the Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra
07.25.09Jo featured at Time Out New York's "The Volume"
Click here to see us play live (and relatively unplugged) at the Time Out offices in NYC. Thanks to Steve Smith, James Shipp, Brian Seeger and Matt Wigton.
04.21.09Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra album out now!!!
The new album "Live at Jazz Standard" (Sunnyside) features Jo with Fred Hersch, Ralph Alessi and Richie Barshay. Fred Hersch's peerless compositions are brought to life in a new way in this bass-less quartet.
"This unique album stands in a class all by itself." Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz. Available now on iTunes and in stores.
02.26.09Some great recent press!
“I Want to Be Happy” (Fleurieu) is the fine new debut from Ms. Lawry, an Australian jazz singer with a springlike tone, a nimble technique and a grasp of shading and pacing." Nate Chinen, New York Times
"If you’re familiar with Australian transplant Jo Lawry, you won’t need our urging to attend tonight’s celebration for her debut CD, I Want to Be Happy. If you haven’t heard her yet, you’re in for a treat: Start to finish, the disc demonstrates why Lawry is one of the most impressive vocalists to emerge in some years. Listen as she slyly drops a few licks from “Tico Tico” into a high-flying “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and you’ll know that Lawry will captivate the cognoscenti. But her wide-ranging taste in material is sure to win even more fans; it takes a special artist to redeem the likes of “I Can’t Smile Without You.” - Time Out New York
"Vibraphonist James Shipp pursues his fascination with Celtic sounds into a new project, Nós Novo, the lineup of which boasts two mandolins, a melodica, the obligatory bodhran(an Irish frame drum) and two singers. One of those vocalists, we hasten to add, is young Australian sensation Jo Lawry, the discovery of whom has had us in something of a lather just lately. Bonus!" - Time Out New York
12.20.08Stumped over that last bit of Christmas shopping?
How about a copy of "I Want to Be Happy"? There's still time...
11.09.08Please join me on November 14th...
... for the CD release party for "I Want to Be Happy"! Click on the link to check out the critics' pick listing in Time Out if you need any extra convincing...
10.21.08"I Want to Be Happy" released today!
The debut album is officially released! You can buy it at iTunes or CDbaby. Please come and celebrate at Cornelia Street Cafe on November 14th - check out the itinerary page for more info.
09.10.08Interview with Jason Crane, "The Jazz Session"
Click on the link to listen to the interview Jo did with Jason Crane at the 2008 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. They chat about Jo's background, some upcoming projects, and discuss and play clips from the new album, "I Want to Be Happy". The interview series is also available as a free podcast on iTunes.
08.26.08New album "I Want to Be Happy" now available!
You can order your physical copy from CD Baby, or pick it up at iTunes. Official release date October 21, 2008.
Click here to purchase from CD Baby - - - - - >
08.25.08... and the release party will be held on November 14th!
Please join Jo at at Cornelia Street Cafe to celebrate the release of "I Want to Be Happy". Sets are at 9pm and 10:30pm. Location, reservation information and more are available here - - - - - - >
08.04.08Welcome to the new website!
jolawry.com is finally here... sort of. We will be pottering around the site adding pics, words and sounds galore in the next few days. There will be lots to see, hear and download, soon, so stay tuned...
In the meantime, here's a link to the myspace, where you can read a bio, hear some sound clips from the new album, view upcoming gigs and maybe even meet a few friends.
08.01.08Kate McGarry's new album
... is OUT! Jo is ecstatic to appear with this legendary singer on 2 tracks of the new release, "If Less is More... Nothing is Everything". Available now on the Palmetto website.
07.06.08Recording with Dr. Lonnie Smith
Jo had great fun working with Dr. Lonnie on a track for his upcoming Palmetto release. Available early 2009.
05.20.08Jo joins the Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra
Jo will be joining Fred Hersch, Ralph Alessi (trumpet) and Richie Barshay in Fred's bass-less quartet, playing his unique and timeless originals. After a debut at the Jazz Standard in May 2008, a recording is planned later in the year, followed by a jaunt to the West Coast in early 2009.