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Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, saxophonist Doug Lawrence spent over 20 years based in New York City. Among the artists he has performed and recorded with include - Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Eckstine, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, Buck Clayton, Dakota Staton, Wild Bill Davis, Benny Carter, Bobby Short, Eddie Durham, Stevie Wonder, Diane Schuur, Patti Austin, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Dennis Mackrel's Manhattan Symphony Jazz Orchestra, George Bensen, Lizz Wright, Marlena Shaw, Nnenna Freelon, Ledisi , Jamie Cullum and many others..
"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, JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE
Doug has performed on six continents at virtually every major concert hall, jazz club and jazz festival in the world, including - Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Sydney Opera House, The Dewan Fhilharmonik Petronis Concert Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall, The Blue Notes in Japan, Italy and New York, The Village Vangaurd, Blues Alley, Birdland, Ronnie Scott’s, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Newport, Chicago, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Toronto, Telluride, Aspen, Playboy and Nice Jazz Festivals, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions and many more. Doug has also performed for 5 American Presidents as well as the Queen of England and the Royal Families of Monaco, Sweden and Spain.
"THE PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS DOUG LAWRENCE HAS RACKED UP ARE ASTONISHING!" - HOWARD MANDEL, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
As a featured soloist with the 18-time Grammy Award winning Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Doug has toured the world extensively since the mid-1990's. The Basie Orchestra has no parallel in jazz. They have won more awards, polls and Grammys than any other jazz band in history. The chair Doug fills (1st tenor) has been inhabited by a virtual "who's who" of jazz tenor saxophonists. They include - Lester Young, Hershel Evans, Don Byas, Eli "Lucky" Thompson, Budd Johnson, Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet, Wardell Gray, Paul Quinechette, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, Sal Nistico, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Jimmy Forrest and Kenny Hing.
Doug appeared as an original member in the Broadway Show "Come Fly Away" as the featured tenor saxophone soloist from 2009 thru 2012. This show, based on the music of Frank Sinatra and the choreography of Twyla Tharp featured an all-star big band performing on stage. "Come Fly Away" started in Atlanta, moved to Broadway, and toured nationally in the US and Japan in it's 3 year run. Currently, Doug can be heard with the 1st National Tour of "Sister Act" running from September 2012 thru June 2014.
"Doug Lawrence New Organ Band" is Doug's newset album (Cactus Records). Doug's previous recordings as leader include - Soul Carnival (Warner Bros), High Heel Sneakers (Warner Bros) and Street Wise (AllTribe).