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, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jimmy Cobb and 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 Joey DeFrancesco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Cables, Ledisi, Louis Hayes, Andra Day, Peter Bernstein, Rita Payes, Bruce Harris, 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, and of course, Doug continues his tenure with the venerable Count Basie Orchestra.  


For a complete bio on Doug Lawrence please click here.

Photo by Robert Reck - Doug & daughter Lyla - Albuquerque, NM 2011



"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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High Fidelity Single downloads available here and on TIDAL.
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God Bless the Child

Featuring Doug Lawrence on tenor sax, Dan Trudell on Hammond B3 and George Fludas on drums.  That's Doug's daughter Lyla on the cover with Doug.

Soul Street

Featuring Doug Lawrence - tenor sax, Freddie Hendrix - trumpet, Frank Basile - bari sax, Dan Trudell - Hammond B3 organ, John Webber - guitar, Joe Farnsworth - drums. 


Featuring Doug Lawrence - tenor sax, Bobby Shew - trumpet, Steve Figueroa - piano, Andy Zadrozny - bass, Ricky Carrido - conga, Tomas White - timbale, Paul Gonzales - percussion.

High Fidelity Single downloads available here and on TIDAL.
Photo by Lyla Lawrence - ABQ, NM 2020



All Performances subject to cancellation due to Coronavirus Pandemic.


Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA


Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA


Benaroya Hall - Seattle, WA


Valley Vista PAC - Surprise, AZ

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TENOR MOUTHPIECE - Doug Lawrence plays a 1960's HR Berg Larson tenor saxophone mouthpiece with a 9 tip opening and a 1950's No USA Otto Link Super Tonemaster metal tenor saxophone mouthpiece with a 7* tip opening. Both mouthpieces were re-faced by Bob Carpenter. 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

CASE - Doug Lawrence uses BAM "Cabine" CASES exclusively.


MICROPHONE - Doug Lawrence endorses APPLIED MICROPHONE TECHNOLOGY clip-on microphones for live performances. www.appliedmicrophone.com

Photo by Roger Baker  ©️2018



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


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Photo by - Samantha Verchi - Muggia, Italy - September 2019
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