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"Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl."  - Bill Milkowski - JAZZTIMES

"There is nothing forced about Doug's playing. He is, as they say, the real thing."

- Dan Morgenstern - NEA JAZZ MASTER - DOWNBEAT 

 

"Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence proved invincible, his technique so fluid and his sound so huge as to dwarf everyone playing near him."

- Howard Reich - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

"Doug Lawrence is a great musician, a natural, like Lester Young."  

- Buck Clayton - NEW YORK TIMES

"The professional credentials Doug Lawrence has racked up are astonishing!"

- Howard Mandel - DOWNBEAT

"It was becoming clear that tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence was the real star of the night - largely because of all the members in the Count Basie Orchestra he seemed most comfortable within the stylistic setting. This is not to detract from his magnificence as a musician - his sound and phrasing are muscular but elegant and his solos are never in a hurry but always exciting. No small feat to be outstanding in a band this good." 

- Greg Lyons - MALAYSIAN TIMES

"Scott Hamilton and Doug Lawrence underscored the fact that not all the swinging tenor saxophonists are playing with the proverbial big band in the sky."

- Dick Zander - NEW YORK NEWSDAY

"A commanding tenor saxophonist, Mr. Lawrence plays in stretched, extended phrases that suggest the manner of John Coltrane adapted to a lighter, softer tone. It is a style that gives Mr. Lawrence's playing an interesting mixture of power and grace."

- John Wilson - NEW YORK TIMES

"Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence played one ridiculously sizzling and sweltering solo after another, bringing the house down at Walt Disney Concert Hall."

- Tony Frankel - LOS ANGELES STAGE & CINEMA REVIEW

"A Rising Star."

- Chip Deffaa - NEW YORK POST

 

 

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"Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl."  - Bill Milkowski - JAZZTIMES

"There is nothing forced about Doug's playing. He is, as they say, the real thing."

- Dan Morgenstern - NEA JAZZ MASTER - DOWNBEAT 

 

"Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence proved invincible, his technique so fluid and his sound so huge as to dwarf everyone playing near him."

- Howard Reich - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

"Doug Lawrence is a great musician, a natural, like Lester Young."  

- Buck Clayton - NEW YORK TIMES

"The professional credentials Doug Lawrence has racked up are astonishing!"

- Howard Mandel - DOWNBEAT

"It was becoming clear that tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence was the real star of the night - largely because of all the members in the Count Basie Orchestra he seemed most comfortable within the stylistic setting. This is not to detract from his magnificence as a musician - his sound and phrasing are muscular but elegant and his solos are never in a hurry but always exciting. No small feat to be outstanding in a band this good." 

- Greg Lyons - MALAYSIAN TIMES

"Scott Hamilton and Doug Lawrence underscored the fact that not all the swinging tenor saxophonists are playing with the proverbial big band in the sky."

- Dick Zander - NEW YORK NEWSDAY

"A commanding tenor saxophonist, Mr. Lawrence plays in stretched, extended phrases that suggest the manner of John Coltrane adapted to a lighter, softer tone. It is a style that gives Mr. Lawrence's playing an interesting mixture of power and grace."

- John Wilson - NEW YORK TIMES

"Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence played one ridiculously sizzling and sweltering solo after another, bringing the house down at Walt Disney Concert Hall."

- Tony Frankel - LOS ANGELES STAGE & CINEMA REVIEW

"A Rising Star."

- Chip Deffaa - NEW YORK POST

 

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Photo by Lyla Lawrence  ©2018

Born in Louisiana and raised in New Mexico, tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence spent over 25 years making a name for himself in New York City. Doug has performed and recorded with a number of iconic artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Celia Cruz, Benny Goodman, Stevie Wonder, Buck Clayton, WILD BILL DAVIS, Jimmy Cobb, Clyde Stubblefield and many others. For the last 20+ years Doug has been the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Legendary Multi Grammy® winning Count Basie Orchestra.

Doug performS and recordS with many of todays leading artists including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joey DeFrancesco, Ledisi, Louis Hayes, Andra Day, George Cables, Peter Bernstein, Rita Payes, CARMEN BRADFORD and others. DOUG keeps a busy schedule touring the world performing and recording as a featured solo artist and leader of his own bands, aS WELL AS continuING his tenure with the venerable Count Basie Orchestra.

Music. 

Available where fine music is sold world-wide!

Latest 2022 Releases featuring Doug!

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Doug's Newest CD - 11/5/21 Release!
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Dexter Gordon Legacy Band - Eric Reed-piano (not pictured), John Webber-bass, Doug Lawrence-tenor sax, Quamon Fowler-tenor sax, Kris Johnson-trumpet, Louis Hayes-drums (not pictured)

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UPCOMING DATES

4/7/2022 - OutPost - ABQ, NM
4/15-16/2022 - Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA
4/23/2022 - Wichita, KS
4/24/2022 - Arrow Rock, MO
4/28/2022 - San Marcos, TX
4/29/2022 - Parker Jazz Club - Austin, TX
4/30/2022 - Parker Jazz Club - Austin, TX
5/1/2022 - New Orleans Jazz Festival - NOLA
5/13/2022 - Austin, TX
5/14/2022 - Parker Jazz Club - Austin, TX
7/1/2022 - Ruidoso, NM
7/9/2022 - NHCC - ABQ, NM
7/23/2022 - San Francisco Jazz Fest. -  San Francisco, CA
7/24/2022 - Grass Valley, CA
7/26/2022 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
7/27/2022 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
7/28/2022 - MIM - Phoenix, AZ
7/29/2022 - Smith PAC - Las Vegas, NV
7/30/2022 - Smith PAC - Las Vegas, NV
7/31/2022 - 8/4/2022 - EastWest Studios - Los Angeles, CA
9/17/2022 - Lensic - Santa Fe, NM
9/19/2022 - OutPost Performance Space - ABQ, NM
10/14/2022 - Seattle, WA
10/15/22 - Manhattan, KS
10/16/22 - Brookings, SD
10/20/2022 - 10/23/22 - Jazz Showcase - Chicago, IL
11/25/2022 - 12/14/2022 - European Tour TBA
12/3/2022 - Helsinki, Finland
12/4/2022 - Turku, Finland
12/5/2022 - Geneva, Switzerland
12/6/2022 - Lucerne, Switzerland
12/8/2022 - Linz, Australia
12/10/2022 - Luxemburg
12/13/2022 - Stockholm, Sweden
12/18/2022 - Ontario, Canada










 

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One after another, musicians are saying the same thing: “I don’t know how I will provide for my family.”

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TENOR MOUTHPIECES - Doug Lawrence has played Otto Link tenor saxophone mouthpieces almost exclusively his entire 50 year career and is an OFFICIAL OTTO LINK ARTIST for JJ BABBITT. Doug currently plays a 1950's Florida "No USA Serial Number" Otto Link #10 metal mouthpiece, a 1950's Florida Otto Link "No USA" #10 metal mouthpiece, two 1970's Early Babbitt Otto Link #8* and #7* metal mouthpieces and the latest Model "EB" Otto Link #8 hard rubber mouthpiece by JJ Babbitt. The vintage Otto Link's 10's were re-faced by Bob Carpenter and Marin Spivack. The 8* is an original that has never been touched and the 7* was re-faced by "Mojo" Berry and started out as a 5*. FOR NEW MOUTHPIECES, DOUG RECOMMENDS, ENDORSES AND PLAYS OTTO LINK MOUTHPIECES by JJ BABBITT.

www.jjbabbitt.com

 

 

TENOR SAXOPHONES - Doug Lawrence is an OFFICIAL TM SAX ARTIST 

and plays TM CUSTOM TENOR SAXOPHONES exclusively. Doug plays a gold plated model with high F# and a silver plated model with no high F#. Doug also has a Vintage King Super 20 and a Vintage King Silversonic in his tenor collection.

 www.tenormadness.com

 

REEDS - Doug Lawrence is an OFFICIAL D'ADDARIO WOODWIND ARTIST and plays D'Addario tenor saxophone JAZZ SELECT 3M, 3S, 2H filed and un-filed reeds exclusively. 

www.daddariowoodwinds.com

 

 

FLUTE - Doug Lawrence plays a solid silver open hole HAYNES FLUTE with a B foot. www.flutecenterofnewyork.com

CLARINET - Doug Lawrence plays a Buffet R13 with a 1960's Frank Wells clarinet mouthpiece www.saxquest.com

ALTO SAX - Doug Lawrence plays a Vintage King Super 20 alto saxophone with a New Meyer #7 alto mouthpiece.

www.jjbabbitt.com

 

LIGATURES - Doug Lawrence is an OFFICIAL SILVERSTEIN WORKS ARTIST and plays Silverstein Ligatures exclusively.

www.silversteinworks.com

Photo by Roger Baker  ©️2018
 

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