Recorded Live, with no audience, at the Outpost Performance Space, March 7, 2021
Available for viewing HERE beginning March 14 at 6pm!
Sponsored by Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café
Made possible with funding from The City of Albuquerque—Mayor Tim Keller, Cultural Services Department under the direction of Shelle Sanchez and the ABQ City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Kaman Foundation; the McCune Charitable Foundation; the NM State Legislature; Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and more.
Produced by Doug Lawrence; Reinhard Lorenz, First Eye Films; Tom Guralnick, Outpost Founder & Executive Director; and Andres Martinez, Audio Engineer
Outpost is pleased to present this virtual concert event featuring the Doug Lawrence Quartet, recorded live at the Outpost Performance Space on March 7. The airing of the concert, beginning on March 14 commemorates the one year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic shut down. Our last concert at the Space on March 14, 2020 featured the wonderful young saxophonist, Melissa Aldana, and the next day, Outpost, like most other venues around the world, was forced to close it’s doors until further notice. It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year. We miss all of you and all of our fantastic artists tremendously!
We look forward to the day we can open our doors again and enjoy the beauty of live music (and so much more!), but in the meantime, we are lucky to have some truly fantastic musicians right here in our own neighborhood who are happy to bring the music to you, including longtime Outpost friend and performer, renowned saxophonist Doug Lawrence and his quartet featuring Bob Fox on piano; Terry Burns on bass; and Pete Ahmal on drums. As Lawrence notes, “These 3 cats really know how to play with tenor saxophonists— Bob Fox spent years with the late great Stanley Turrentine, Terry Burns played with tenor heavyweights Teddy Edwards and Dewey Redman, and of course the one and only Pete Ahmal had a musical relationship with the inimitable Eddie Harris that lasted over 30 years. For this concert “we are going to play the 4 B’s – bebop, blues, bossas, and ballads and hopefully swinging all the way!”
About the Band:
Indeed we know Doug and friends can swing! All About Jazz wrote, “Doug Lawrence’s joyful spirit, energy and bright ideas are contagious.” Known throughout the world as the featured soloist and lead tenor saxophonist with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Lawrence has appeared with this iconic orchestra for over two decades at virtually every major concert hall, jazz club and music festival in the world and his resumé without the Count Basie Orchestra reads like a “who’s who” of music. He has performed and recorded with Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Benny Goodman, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney and Jimmy Cobb to name a few.
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, pianist Bob Fox has made Santa Fe, NM his home for the last 30 years. He earned degrees in Jazz Piano Performance from Berklee College and the University of Miami and became famous on the jazz scene when he worked as the late great tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s keyboardist and musical director. Fox recorded and toured the world with the venerable saxophonist for many years before settling in Santa Fe. Bob has also performed with such jazz greats as Ira Sullivan, Eddie Harris, James Moody, Eddie Daniels, and others.
Bassist Terry Burns, who was born and raised in Clovis, NM has enjoyed a long career that took him to Los Angeles, CA and Minneapolis, MN. He has performed and recorded with a “who’s who” of jazz greats, including Freddie Hubbard, Teddy Edwards, Art Farmer, Gene Harris, Lee Konitz, Lenny White, Billy Hart, Dave Stryker, Ray Bryant and many others. Burns recently moved back to New Mexico and now lives in Rio Rancho.
Drummer Pete Ahmal has been one of New Mexico’s most beloved musicians ever since he got off Natalie Cole’s tour bus on Highway 14 near Cerrilos, NM in 1970 where he has lived ever since. A 2020 inductee into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame, Ahmal is equally adept at playing everything from Latin, funk and R&B, to country (he was Junior Brown’s drummer for the last 15 years) to jazz. He enjoyed a 25-year association with the great jazz saxophonist/ composer Eddie Harris with whom he recorded and toured and also had a long tenure with vocalist/ pianist Mose Allison, Frank Morgan, Richie Cole, and the great tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis.