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, Nancy Wilson, Buck Clayton, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Wild Bill Davis, Benny Goodman, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Celia Cruz, Jimmy Cobb 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 continues to perform and record with many of todays leading artists including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joey DeFrancesco, Ledisi, Louis Hayes, Andra Day, George Cables, Peter Bernstein, Rita Payes, Bruce Harris, Lady Gaga, Freddie Hendrix and others. He 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.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of Doug's live performances have been canceled. For details, please see Doug's touring schedule below.


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© Photo by Lyla Lawrence - ABQ, NM July 2020



"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." 


"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."


"A Rising Star."

- Chip Deffaa - NEW YORK POST



select discography (as leader & sideman).

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Performances Cancelled (as of 3/15/20) Due to Coronavirus Pandemic in Gray

3/27/2020 - Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA

3/28/2020 - Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA

3/29/2020 - Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA

4/7/2020 - Valley Vista PAC - Surprise, AZ

4/8/2020 - Woodruff PAC - Northbridge, CA

5/1/2020 - Ritz Carlton/Davenport Lounge - New Orleans

5/2/2020 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans

6/3/2020 - Carnegie Hall - NYC, NY

6/5/2020 - Blue Note - Milano, Italy

6/6/2020 - Blue Note - Milano, Italy

6/8/2020 thru 6/18/2020 - European Tour

6/20/2020 - Jazz Under The Stars - ABQ, NM

7/2/2020 thru 7/20/2020 - European Tour

7/24/2020 - New Mexico Jazz Festival - Santa Fe, NM

7/28/2020 through 8/2/2020 - Blue Note - NYC, NY

8/4/2020 - Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

8/5/2020 - Walt Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

8/6/2020 - Capitol Studios - Los Angeles, CA

8/7/2020 - Capitol Studios - Los Angeles, CA

8/8/2020 - Capitol Studios - Los Angeles, CA

8/9/2020 - Newport Jazz Festival - Newport, RI

8/29/2020 - Taos Center for the Arts - Taos, NM

9/26/2020 - Monterey Jazz Festival, CA

10/20/2020 thru 11/4/2020 - Tour of Japan 

11/5/2020 - Pabst Concert Hall - Milwaukee, WI

11/6/2020 - Powell Hall - St Louis, MO

11/8/2020 - Lyceum Theatre - Arrow Rock, MO

11/10/2020 - Ruby Diamond Auditorium - Thomasville, GA

11/11/2020 - Buford Fine Arts Center - Auburn, GA

11/12/2020 - Buford Fine Arts Center - Auburn, GA

12/5/2020 - Meridian Centre - St Catherine's, Ontario Canada

12/22/2020 - Meyerson Symphony Center - Dallas, TX

12/31/2020 - Symphony Center - Chicago, IL

2/10-12/21 - Texas State University - San Marcos, TX

2/13/21 - Parker Jazz Club - Austin, TX

2/17-20/21 - TMEA - San Antonio, TX

3/20/2021 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR

3/21/2021 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR

For booking availability please call 773-320-4695 or

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The Jazz Foundation of America  COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund

The bottom has fallen out of the live music industry. Concerts, tours, and festivals have been canceled. Clubs, bars, and restaurants have closed. America's jazz and blues community is one of the earliest to be hit and one of the least equipped to endure such a disruption. 


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

The JFA has established a COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund to help musicians and their families with basic living expenses. Your contributions will expand the scope of this effort.

Please help Doug and his fellow musicians in crisis by donating to the COVID-19 Musicians' Emergency Fund today.



TENOR MOUTHPIECES - Doug Lawrence plays two1960's HR Berg Larson tenor saxophone mouthpieces (.105 and .118 tip opening) as well as a 1950's "Double Ring" Otto Link #10 metal mouthpiece and a 1950's "No USA Serial Number" Otto Link #10 metal mouthpiece. The Berg mouthpieces were re-faced by Jon Van Wie and Bob Carpenter and the Otto Link's were re-faced by Marin Spivack. FOR NEW MOUTHPIECES, DOUG RECOMMENDS, ENDORSES AND PLAYS JODY JAZZ MOUTHPIECES.





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#.



REEDS - Doug Lawrence is an OFFICIAL D'ADDARIO WOODWIND ARTIST and plays D'Addario tenor saxophone JAZZ SELECT 3M & 3S 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 James Bunte HR alto mouthpiece #42


Photo by Roger Baker  ©️2018


Photo by Jay Branford - Doug Lawrence & Christian McBride with L.A. Philharmonic Strings  ©️2017


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