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Azar Lawrence


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Composer/arranger Azar Lawrence has performed in the world of American music for over three decades. Azar’s musical acumen and versatility has made it possible for him to perform with some of America’s vanguard artist such as the late Frank Zappa, and has gained him the admiration of many of America’s great recording artist of a variety of music genres.

Azar Lawrence was born November 3, 1953 in Los Angeles, Calif. Following in his mother’s musical path, he began his musical education as a classical violinist. He fell in love with the saxophone and became a major force in Dorsey high school’s, music program.

His transition to straight ahead jazz from classical music was heavily influenced by Dorsey High‘s Musical Director, Dr. Simpson. His professional career took off immediately after high school. Azar would become one of Los Angeles youngest sought after saxophonist and composers.

In 1978 Miles Davis officially invited Azar to be a member of his group. Azar declined but would go onto to play with Miles Live at Carnegie Hall where they produced and recorded Dark Magus. Azar was 25 years old at the time.

Having already produced his first album, he’d been in the presence of the masters early in his music career. Later he would also become an integral part of Earth Wind & Fire, working closely with Maurice White and composing on piano and writing three songs for the highly acclaimed Powerlight album.

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