DOUG LAWRENCE - Count Basie Orchestra


"The only place I am safe and free. I am one with the world when I am on stage and playing my best. No thought pattern, just happiness and a feeling of euphoria. A true ""alpha state""!"


Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, saxophonist Doug Lawrence spent over 20 years making a name for himself in New York City. Among the artists Doug 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, Anita O'Day, 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.​

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, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 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.

As the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Legendary 18-time Grammy award winning Count Basie Orchestra, Doug has toured the world extensively. The Basie Orchestra has no parallel in jazz. They have won more awards, polls and Grammys than any other jazz big 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 in the Broadway Show "Come Fly Away" as principle 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. Other Broadway shows Doug has been associated with as an original member include, the 1st National Tour of "Sister Act", which ran from September 2012 to July 2014.

"Doug Lawrence - New Organ Band" is Doug's latest recording (Cactus Records 2014). Joining Doug on this organ trio recording are long-time associates Dan Trudell on Hammond B3 and George Fludas on drums with special cameo appearances by Taurus Lovely and Jeff Parker. Doug's previous recordings as leader include the critical and commercial hits - Soul Carnival (Warner Bros), High Heel Sneakers (Warner Bros) and Street Wise (AllTribe).