New Release: Payin’ My Dues

Jazz Hang Records Announces the Release of an Exciting New Big Band Album Collaboration

Coming January 20th, 2023

Jay Lawrence and The Platinum Jazz Orchestra

Payin’ My Dues

This thrilling and engaging new project is a fusion of styles grounded in the big band tradition but with a cutting edge take on today’s vast musical horizons— all highlighting the excitement and power of 17+ master musicians and world class guest artists! You can expect to hear influences of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Sergio Mendez, Eddie Palmieri, and the like fused with Cuban, Brazilian, and R&B styles.

Featuring some of Utah’s very top jazz musicians and a cast of jazz luminaries including Ed Calle, Bob McChesney, Wayne Bergeron, Dee Daniels, Clarice Assad, Andy Martin, Bob Sheppard, Nestor Torres, Kevin Ricard, Corey Christiansen (and the list goes on), this album promises a delightful and exhilarating listening experience.

Caleb Chapman, past president of The Jazz Education Network and leader of the famed Crescent Super Band, has this to say:

“Lawrence’s ‘Payin’ My Dues’ may feature a lineup of giants, but the real star on this recording is the band leader. If the definition of ‘dues’ includes truly masterful writing and arranging in a wide range of styles, laying down a deep pocket, crafting genius solos, and leading several of the greatest jazz musicians on the planet, you can mark Jay’s debt as paid in full!”

Jay Lawrence composes, arranges, produces, plays drums, vibes, and percussion, and leads this elite group with extraordinary vision and expertise through a journey from the Carribean to Utah’s Salt Flats (and Sharps) and to the Precipice of Eternity! Much appreciation goes out to Stephen D. Taylor, executive producer, along with Michael Gibbons who recorded and helped produce the music and do album artwork and Barry Gibbons who mixed and mastered the music—all at Platinum Sound and Mastering Lab.

Previous Jay Lawrence Albums:

•Rivers of Time, with two amazing quintets including Corey Christiansen, David Halliday, and Phil Kuehn
•Sonic Paragon, with John Patitucci, Renee Rosnes, Terell Stafford, Harry Allen, and Anthony Wilson, Yotam Silberstein, and Romero Lubambo
•Sweet Lime, with Bob Sheppard, Tamir Hendelman, and John Clayton
•Thermal Strut, with Tamir Hendelman and Lynn Seaton
•When I Look at You, featuring Joey DeFrancesco

Payin’ My Dues can be heard and purchased at jazzhangrecords.com, bandcamp.com, applemusic.com, amazon.com, Spotify, and most all the places you would expect to find it.



Recently Released: Rivers of Time

Quintet Jazz with prominent Utah Jazz masters: David Halliday, Curtis Woodbury, Corey Christiansen, Kenji Aihara, Kurt Reeder, Steve Erickson, Matt Larson, Phil Kuehn.


2018 Release – Jay Lawrence’s “Sonic Paragon”!



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