Formerly held close as one of the Pacific Northwest’s best-kept musical secrets, Jarrod Lawson has exploded as an international sensation, garnering awards, performing at prestigious venues, and spawning fresh notability for Portland’s burgeoning soul/jazz music scene.
Ever since Lawson released his eponymous debut album in 2014, the smokey-voiced singer-songwriter and virtuoso pianist has been sending positive ripples around the globe with his powerful message music. He has completed six successful international tours with prestigious highlights extending from Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz and the UK’s Love Supreme festivals to the Java Jazz festival in Indonesia, with performances in Beijing, Melbourne, and at Tokyo’s Billboard Live.
His very first overseas performance was at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Club in London in 2014, following which the Jazzwise reviewer wrote: “With the deafening buzz surrounding this gig Lawson has to show and prove, and he does so and then some, pretty much from the downbeat”
Described by the London Evening Standard as “the blue-eyed soul boy of jazz”, Lawson followed his debut album with a limited edition vinyl EP “Jarrod Lawson At The BBC”, recorded at London’s historic BBC Maida Vale studios and broadcast on the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Show.
Lawson won Soul Artist Of The Year at the Jazz FM Awards and has been dubbed “the hottest talent to hit soul music in at least ten years” by Echoes magazine. In the US he has performed on the Capital Jazz Cruise and has appeared in leading jazz clubs across the country from New York to Seattle.
His second album “Be The Change”, with a new band which benefits from the presence of legendary Grammy-nominated percussionist Sammy Figueroa, also features vocalist Amber Navran and her fellow members of the Los Angeles alternative soul trio Moonchild guesting on “I’ll Be Your Radio”.
A standing show.