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Doug Lawrence and the Joe Hunter Trio / Nighttown

Doug Lawrence and the Joe Hunter Trio
At Nighttown
Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Special Member Price Just $10

Doug Lawrence the lead saxophonist from the Count Basie Orchestra joins the Joe Hunter Trio for Summit Meeting at Nighttown.

“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 Lawrence Web Site (click here)

WHO: Doug Lawrence with the Joe Hunter Trio
WHAT: Jazz
WHEN: Monday, March 11 @ 7 p.m.
WHERE: Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights

DINNER: Nighttown – arrive from 5 to 7 p.m.
Order Prime Rib, a Dublin Lawyer or maybe a Blooms Burger smothered in grilled mushrooms!
Time: Around 5 p.m. – eat before or during show.

When you RSVP your name will be added to the VIP List for prime seating right up front. Our VIP list will be held at the door. When you RSVP you will be asked to provide a phone number and email just in the event that we need to communicate with you quickly. Both are, of course, considered confidential. Then your name will be added to the VIP list!

PARKING: There will be valet parking and plenty of spots on nearby side streets. There is a municipal parking lot just west and behind the tavern with a driveway entrance on Cedar. It is metered parking (well enforced) so bring plenty of quarters.

Note: I expect that Doug will play a couple of sets so if you have concern about engaging is such week-night frivolities you certainly may leave after the first set.

Nighttown Jazz Club & Restaurant (Irish)
12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill)
Cleveland Heights,[masked]

Nighttown is named after the Dublin Red-Light district in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It offers the ambiance of an Irish pub and turn-of-the-century New York bars. The food and the atmosphere are great.








Map to Nighttown (click here)


Doug Lawrence (born October 11, 1956) is a jazz tenor saxophonist from Lake Charles, Louisiana. He currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lawrence spent over 20 years in New York City, during which time he worked with such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Roy Eldridge, and many others.[1] He has also been a featured performer at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Village Vanguard. Lawrence is currently the featured tenor soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra, (a chair once held by such musicians as Lester Young andEddie "Lockjaw" Davis). Doug also works with the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

In 2003 Lawrence and his wife, Cara, moved back to his childhood home of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Doug’s Facebook Page (click here)

Doug’s MySpace Page (click here)

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, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, Buck Clayton, Billy Eckstine, 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, Martina McBride 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 Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Dewan Fhilharmonik Petronis Concert Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall, The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, 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, Playboy 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 has toured the world 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 "Street Wise" on the Alltribe label. Recent recordings featuring Doug include CD's with such venerable artists as Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Curtis Fuller, The Count Basie Orchestra, Clyde Stubblefield, Jamie Cullum, Tony Bennett and others.

In 2009, Doug appeared in the Atlanta, Georgia opening of the Broadway Show "Come Fly Away" as the featured tenor saxophone soloist. This show, based on the music of Frank Sinatra and the choreography of Twyla Tharp featured an all-star big band performing on stage. In 2010 the show debuted at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway in New York City, with Doug making occasional appearances as featured soloist. In 2012 Doug re-joined the National Tour and Japan Tour of "Come Fly Away" for the shows final run. Doug will also be performing with the National Tour of "Sister Act" running from September 2012 thru February 2014.

Doug's talent and unique career have given rise to numerous engagements as clinician, lecturer and guest performer with universities and high schools, both nationwide and abroad. His services in the academic world are in demand and continue to increase yearly.

In recent years Doug has also appeared as the headliner at numerous "big name" jazz clubs and festivals around the world. His newest band, "Organic Sax", featuring the Hammond B3 Organ, has been garnering great reviews from fans and critics throughout America.


"There's tone, facility, repertoire, choice of notes. After that it all comes down to phrasing. 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

"I've been a fan of Doug Lawrence since a night in 1983 when he uncurled his tall lanky frame from Loren Schoenberg's sax section to play a solo that swung and told a story from first note to last. It was clear he had that something special that is the mark of a true jazz musician. Today, as then, there's nothing forced about Doug's playing: It is, as they say, the real thing."
- Dan Morgenstern, Former Editor of DownBeat, Head of the Institute Of Jazz at Rutgers University

"The Count Basie Orchestra exploded with their very first number at the Dewan Filharmonik Hall in Kuala Lumpur last night. Largely made up of younger players with a few veterans from Count's day, this modern band still retains a hard-swinging, riff-oriented quality and a couple of star soloists, including the famous drummer Butch Miles. It became clear that tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence was the real star soloist here - largely because of all the younger musicians in the band 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."
- Greg Lyons, Malaysian Arts Scene

August 28th, 2006 -"Battle of the Bands" - Chicago Jazz Orchestra vs Count Basie Orchestra - "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 8/29/06

"The professional credentials Doug Lawrence has racked up, are astonishing!"
- Howard Mandel, DownBeat

"A Commanding, First Rate Tenor Saxophonist!"
- John Wilson, New York Times

"Like a river, Doug Lawrence's big sound rushes effortlessly, naturally, shifting from smooth to raucous. His tone is always rich in a Dexter Gordon way."
- David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal

"Scott Hamilton and Doug Lawrence underscore the fact that not all the swinging tenor saxophonists are playing with the proverbial big band in the sky."
- Dick Zander, New York Newsday

"Doug Lawrence is the perfect choice to fill the chair of an elite list of powerful 'in your face' tenor players on the Basie Band. It brings me great joy to hear him solo with the band."
- Frank Foster, Jazz Legend and former Basie tenor saxophonist and leader

"The battle of the bands between Jon Faddis's Big Band and The Count Basie Orchestra at the IAJE conference was a draw until Doug Lawrence delivered the 'knock out' blow with his solo on Ernie Wilken's great arrangement "Basie". I sat there listening, taking a lesson from the masterful Mr. Wilken's composition. It proves, yet again, that Count Basie is just as valid in 2006 as he was in 1935!"
- Ray Barretto, Jazz Legend

"A great tenorman. A natural. Like Lester Young."
- Jazz Legend Buck Clayton, NY Times

"Basie is about the beat and tenorman Doug Lawrence has one of the best beats in the band! I can't wait to see him get up and solo. I love his playing, he's always swinging."
- Sammy Nestico, Legendary Big Band Arranger & Composer

"In my 15 years of teaching, I have never witnessed a guest lecturer have the impact on students (and myself) the way Mr. Lawrence did. He had our undivided attention from the first moment he took the podium. I can't recommend him highly enough!"
- Laura McGowan, Valley High School, Albuquerque, NM

"Doug inspired my students to new heights! The band sounded better immediately and the kids became very motivated after his clinic. I had him back a second time the following year with equally great results."
- Mayo Tiana, Former Jazz Trombonist with Ray Charles, Head of Jazz Studies at North Eastern Illinois University

"Modern master of the tenor saxophone!"
- Paul Weideman, Santa Fe New Mexican

"A Rising Star!"
- Chip Deffaa, New York Post

For more information on Doug Lawrence, check out The Encyclopedia of Jazz by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.

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  • Eric

    Probably will be there around 6:30.

    March 10, 2013

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