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Loren Pickford

Grammy nominated saxophonist, flutist, pianist, vocalist, composer, and recording artist, Loren Pickford, has had a multifaceted career as his travels have led him through a virtual tour of American music ranging from modern jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, Brazilian music and New Orleans rhythm and blues.

Loren has performed in jazz festivals, special concerts, hotels and a host of other professional venues world-wide, and has wowed critics with his musical abilities.

He has composed and performed scores for movies (Warner Bros.), documentaries (PBS-Public Broadcasting Service), CBS, radio presentations (NPR-National Public Radio), Broadway, and modern classical impressionistic dance scores for world renowned dance troupes.

He has recorded seven CDs which have garnered him high critical praise.

He has been an active working member of the musical scenes in Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Louisville, Amsterdam, and Paris. These range from his early on the road stints on the Southern “chitlins” circuit, playing saxophone with R&B blues legend Jackie Wilson, The Chi Lites, and Percy Sledge, to membership in the bands of Van Morrison, The Righteous Brothers, and on to later engagements with blues legends T Bone Walker, The Ray Charles Orchestra, Etta James, Albert Collins, Randi Crawford and others.

In the modern jazz scene he has been a sideman in the bands of Chet Baker, Cecil Mcbee, Andrew Hill, Frank Rossolino, Shorty Rogers/Bud Shank, Bill Hardaman, George Cables, Nicholas Payton, Billy Higgins and many others.

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


Director, Jazz Studies Fresno City College Received grant from American Jazz Foundation to work in area schools speaking on and performing music. Faculty of KC Youth Jazz Camp


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