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Lauren Sevian(Profile/Biography)

United States
English
Baritone Saxophonist Lauren Sevian has been performing professionally since the age of 12, first on the piano, then on the saxophone. She spent her elementary and teenage years perfoming in many ensembles, including the Grammy All-American High School Band. At the age of 16 she won the Count Basie Invitational soloing competition, and was given the opportunity to perform alongside the Count Basie Orchestra. By the age of 17 she had already performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Village Vanguard. At the suggestion of one of her teachers, she applied to the Manhattan School of Music and was accepted. While attending MSM, she studied with Mark Turner, Steve Slagle, Donny McCaslin, Joe Temperley, and Mike Abene. Upon entering her senior year of college, Lauren was given the chance to go on tour with the critically acclaimed big band Diva. This gave her a taste of what life on the road as a performer would be like, and confirmed that this was what she wanted to do. After returning from the Diva tour, Lauren returned to MSM and completed school in the spring of 2001, graduating in three and a half years with a bachelor of music degree.

After graduating Sevian became a regular member of high profile groups such as: the grammy nominated Mingus Big Band, Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Howard Johnson’s “Bear-tones”, the grammy nominated JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Ada Rovatti’s Elephunk, the Big “O” Orchestra, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, and the Todd Londagin Big Band. In addition to being a sideman, she has her own group called the “LSQ” which features George Colligan (piano), Boris Kozlov (bass) & Johnathan Blake (drums).

Sevian has played at hundreds of clubs and festivals throughout the world, perfoming with many different groups and artists such as: the Mingus Orchestra, Mario Pavone’s Septet, Frank Lacy’s Vibe Tribe, Benny Rietveld & the Matching Ensemble, Valery Ponomarov’s Big Band, Jack Jeffers Big Band, the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, Charli Persip’s Supersound, Travis Sullivan’s Identity Crisis, Mike Hashim’s Billy Strayhorn Orchestra, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, David Cassidy & “the Rat Pack is Back”, Mike Smith’s Supper Club Orchestra, the Sweet Divines, the Stan Rubin Orchestra, Earl McIntyre’s Big Band, Diva, the Van Dells, the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, Steve Slagle's Sax Quartet, Blue #9, the Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra, the Ryles Jazz Orchestra, Gary Wofsey Jazz Orchestra, Istanbul Orchestra, Super 7, George Gee Orchestra, John Malino Big Band, singers David Cassidy, Justine “Baby” Washington, Maxine Brown, Quinn Lemley, Deian McBride, Josh Weinstein, Liz Winick and many others.

Over the past several years, she has been featured in publications such as Saxophone Journal, Hothouse, the Boston Globe, and Newsday. Sevian was nominated in the 2008 Downbeat Critics Poll for the Baritone Saxophone “rising star” category. She also appeared in the hollywood movie production of Mona Lisa Smile which starred actress Julia Roberts.

She has done numerous recording projects & jingles with artists such as Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra (Enjoy, Koch Records), Greg Osby, Joan Osbourne (Breakfast in Bed, Time Life), TomBarber, Ada Rovatti & Elephunk, (For Rent, Apria Records) Liz Winick, Blue Man Group, and Lucy Woodward.

In addition to performing, Lauren also teaches on a regular basis. In the summer of 2007, she joined the Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty as a teaching artist. In 2008 she joined the staff of takelessons.com. Her teaching experience includes private instruction for over 10 years, and teaching at Brooklyn Conservatory, YMCA, NY Pops outreach, Musician’s General Store, Brooklyn Music School, and more. In April 2008 she was invited to adjudicate & perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s “Next Generation” Festival, where she performed with Christian McBride, Terry-Lynn Carrington, George Duke, Corey Christiansen, Billy Harper, Ron Westray, Sal Cracchiolo, & many others.
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