Born in Manhattan, Piers is based in New York City where he records, performs and teaches guitar. He combines a soulful approach, precise technique, and a clean old-school tone with the upmost respect for the geniuses of Modern Jazz and a deep love of the Blues.
After studying Guitar and Composition at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lausanne Switzerland, he returned to New York to join the Jazz-Mobile Orchestra Big Band and continue his studies with jazz guitarists Barry Galbraith and Ted Dunbar. With the encouragement of session guitarist Ritchie Resnikoff, he joined the orchestras of several Broadway shows including Guys and Dolls, Dancin', Hubie, and Your Arms Too Short to Box With God.
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02.24.10 | All About Jazz.com
By Jerry D'Souza
Guitarist Piers Lawrence realizes his dream of recording a mainstream jazz album through a well-
balanced mix of originals and standards. Lawrence is a confident player with an ear for melody and
flowing harmonies. He has a graceful quality that gets into the songs whether he is out swinging or embracing bop.
Lawrence also comes off as a skilled writer through his three contributions to the set. Samba Christina is, naturally, a samba. The guitarist feeds the tune with thick notes, deliberately letting open air in and then snapping on the notes to give them a solid depth
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