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Lauren Sevian

Grammy award winning saxophonist Lauren Sevian has been performing professionally since the age of 12, first on the piano, then on the saxophone. At the age of 16 she won the Count Basie Invitational soloing competition, which led to a feature performance with the Basie Band. By the age of 17 she had already performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, & the Village Vanguard.

In the fall of 1997, Lauren came to NYC to attend the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where she studied privately with Mark Turner, Donny McCaslin, Steve Slagle, 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. After returning from the Diva tour, Lauren returned to MSM and graduated in the spring of 2001 with a bachelor of music degree.

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“Blueprint” opens with the band in deep swinging flow before Sevian’s throaty bari twists through a sinewy minor blues, making clear she has bags of energy and lots to say…Sevian gripping the furious tempo with great authority, breaking fluid mid register bop lines with rhythmic skips and occasional bagpiping higher register excursions. Colligan and the boys eat it up; an exciting track…” Michael Jackson, DownBeat (review of Blueprint, 3 1/2 stars)

“Baritone saxist LAUREN SEVIAN, sustaining member of the Mingus Big Band, leads her debut session on BLUEPRINT (Inner Circle 4), wielding her big horn with confident panache through a recital of originals which include dedications to Cecil Payne (“One For C

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Primary Instrument

Sax, baritone


Bronx, NY

Willing to teach



Teaching saxophone (specializing in baritone), flute, beginner clarinet & piano.

$40 per 1/2 hour, $75 per 1 hour for private home instruction. Private experience for 10+ years.

Teaching credentials include: Senior teaching artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp (since 2007), Musician's General Store, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn Music School, YMCA, outreach programs (NY pops, Brooklyn Conservatory) at various metropolitan area schools. Clinician for Buffet-Crampon saxophone company.

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