Douglas Marshal Lawrence, 11 October 1956, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. Born into a musical family, Lawrence studied clarinet with his father from an early age. At 13, he became a member of his fathers band in the south-west, continuing to work in that region through the late 70s. He then moved diagonally across country to spend half a dozen years, into the mid-80s, with the West Point Jazz Band. By this time, Lawrence was also playing flute, soprano saxophone and, in particular, tenor saxophone. From the mid-80s onwards, he made frequent visits to New York City, eventually taking up residence there.
Among numerous leaders with whom he played, many of them of big bands, are George Benson, Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman, Urbie Green, Lionel Hampton, Barry Harris, Mel Lewis, Jay McShann, Grover Mitchell, Loren Schoenberg and Glenn Zottola. He also worked with singer Teri Thornton. Lawrences playing, fluid and lyrical, is rooted in the...