Erik Lawrence


Erik began with his saxophone at the age of 5 under the instruction of his father, noted jazz saxophonist and educator Arnie Lawrence. By the age of 8 he appeared on his first record, an improvisational excursion entitled "Arnie Lawrence and the Children Of All Ages: Inside An Hourglass", featuring Richard Davis on bass, Dick Hyman on keyboards, Ed Shaugnessey on drums and a 5 year old Richard Davis, Jr. Before he finished high school he had added flute to his passionate studies. 

Aside from his father, Erik acknowledges mentors and teachers along the way including saxophonist/vocalist Hildred Humphries, jazz pianist Bill Triglia, jazz drummer Billy Parker. Along the way he played with Big Chief Russell Moore, who played trombone with Louis Armstrong, the great drummer Frankie Dunlop and many others. All of these experiences took place in Nyack, NY and just a few miles to it's south, New York City. 

Erik's first major gig was when he joined Chico Hamilton's ensemble at the age of 20. Along the way he's played on dozens of recordings, soundtracks, etc and toured North America, South America, Central America, Europe and Africa. 

He has released three CDs as a leader or co-leader:

Merge: Poetry and Music with Cassandra Cleghorn, Allison Miller and Rene Hart

Erik Lawrence and Hipmotism with Steven Bernstein, Allison Miller and Rene Hart

Honey Ear Trio: Steampunk Serenade with Allison Miller and Rene Hart

Erik maintains a private teaching practice, along with clinics, lectures and artist-in-residencies. 


Along the way he has toured, played and recorded with countless artists and heroes including: 

    Chico Hamilton (legendary Jazz drummer)

    Butler Bernstein & The Hot 9

    Neville Family Affair (featuring Aaron Neville and his sons)

    Buddy Miles

    Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint

    Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra

    David Amram

    Rickie Lee Jones

    Sonny Sharrock (Avant Garde Guitar Legend)

    The Band

    Levon Helm

    Bob Dylan

    Aretha Franklin

    Roger Waters

    Joe Walsh

    Willie Nelson

    Tony Levin (The Levin Brothers)

    Robert Plant and Allison Krauss

    Little Feat

    Jackson Browne

    Bruce Hornsby and Jack DeJohnette

    Swell Season

    Nawang Khechog (Tibetan Flute Master)

    David Bromberg

    Gov’t Mule

    Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

    The Spin Doctors

    John Popper (from Blues Traveler)

    Medeski Martin Wood

    Bernie Worrell

    Glen Hansard

    My Morning Jacket

    Silvia Nakkach

    Darlene Love

    Joan Osborne

    Phil Lesh and Friends

    Joan as Policewoman

    Branford Marsalis

    Gino Vanelli

    Masters of the Groove: Bernard Purdie, Grant Green Jr, Reuben Wilson


    Marco Benevento

    Garland Jeffries

    Matisyahu with Soul Farm

    Istanbul Orchestra

    Jackie Cain and Roy Kral

    Arnie Lawrence

    John Cale (from Velvet Underground)

    A.C. Reed (Chicago Blues Sax Legend)

    David Tronzo (Slide Guitar Master)

    Steve Kimmock

    Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds