Vernon's Jazz Club
The Doug Lawrence Session
6844 4th Street NW
Village de Los Ranchos, Albuquerque
Just $5 general, $2 for musicians!
Come down for the DOUG LAWRENCE SESSION Wednesday evenings from 7:00-10:30 pm. Bring your axe- you just might get called up to the Vernon's Jazz Club stage to play!
Born October 11th, 1956 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, saxophonist Doug Lawrence spent over 25 years as a working musician based in New York City. Among the artists he has performed and recorded with include - Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Cobb's Mob, Frank Wess, Buck Clayton, Billy Eckstine, Dakota Staton, Wild Bill Davis, Benny Carter, Bobby Short, Diane Schuur, Patti Austin, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Dennis Mackrel's Manhattan Symphony Jazz Orchestra, George Bensen, Lizz Wright, Nneenna Freelon, Ledisi 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, The Blue Notes in Japan, Italy and New York, The Village Vangaurd, Blues Alley, Birdland, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Newport, Chicago, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and Nice Jazz Festivals, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 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 a featured soloist with the 17-time Grammy-winning World Famous Count Basie Orchestra, Doug continues to tour extensively. The Basie Band has no parallel in jazz. They have won more awards, polls and Grammys than any other jazz band in history. The chair Doug fills (lead 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, Bud 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 has appeared on over 100 recordings including four critically acclaimed recordings of his own - Soul Carnival" (#3 USA 2/98, Top 10 for 14 weeks, Gavin Jazz Radio Report), High Heel Sneakers" (#11 USA 2/99, Top 20 for 10 weeks, Gavin Jazz Radio Report), the extraordinarily popular Big Band Swing" and Doug's latest CD, Street Wise" on the Alltribe label. New recordings for 2009/2010 will include Doug performing on numerous CD's with a variety of artists including Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Curtis Fuller, Nneena Freelon, The Count Basie Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Clyde Stubblefield, Jamie Cullum and Tony Bennett.