Doug Lawrence & Jerry Weldon – BOSS TENORS with Dan Trudell
As part of a Southwest tour which includes concerts in Albuquerque, Austin, Phoenix, Tucson, and Taos, Albuquerque native and veteran multi-Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence (featured soloist with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra for 25+ years) returns to Outpost with fellow saxophonist Jerry Weldon (featured soloist with Harry Connick for 25+ years). Two of the last of the big toned swinging tenor players carrying on the tradition of the legendary two-tenor acts of yesteryear (think Sonny Stitt/Gene Ammons; Lockjaw Davis/Arnett Cobb; Dexter Gordon/Johnny Griffin; Frank Wess/Frank Foster; Fathead Newman/James Clay; and Zoot Sims/AI Cohn) — Lawrence and Weldon are known throughout the world for their explosive, outrageously hard swinging and soulful soloing. Originally brought together by the late iconic jazz organist, Joey DeFrancesco, for his group “Joey D’s Tenor Madness Band,” Lawrence and Weldon are honored and proud to continue the dream of their beloved friend, who sadly passed away in early 2022. Wayne Segal, owner of The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL exclaimed “For eight shows in a row, Doug and Jerry blew the roof off the place! We can’t wait to have them back.” Doug Lawrence, who spent over 25 years making a name for himself in New York City, has performed and recorded with artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Dizzy Gillespie. He has appeared at virtually every major concert hall and performance venue in the world and has performed for 6 American Presidents, the Queen of England, and Royal Families of Sweden, Monaco and Japan. Lawrence continues to perform and record with many of today’s leading artists including Billie Eilish, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Cables, Carmen Bradford, Kurt Elling, Lady Gaga and many more. After graduating from Rutgers University Jazz Studies Program in 1981, Jerry Weldon joined the legendary Lionel Hampton Orchestra with whom he continued an association into the new millennium. He played with master organist Jack McDuff and his “Meatin’ System” and has worked with B3 Masters Jimmy McGrift, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dr. Lonnie Smith to George Cables, Cedar Walton, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, Earl Klugh, and Mel Tormé. In 1990, Weldon became a charter member and featured soloist with Harry Connick Jr.’s newly formed big band touring the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. He was also part of the “house band” on Connick’s daytime television variety show, HARRY, for its two year run and continues to tour with Connick. Joining them will be the great Chicago & Milwaukee based Hammond B3 organist, Dan Trudell, who has appeared with Doug Lawrence numerous times at Outpost in the past and whom Joey DeFrancesco picked as part of the Tenor Madness Band last year. On drums, from Dallas, TX, its Andrew Griffith.