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.
Piers has worked as a session musician, recording 100s of jingles and record dates. He has toured and recorded with a diverse group of artists including Wilson Picket, The Main Ingredient, Ester Phillips, Phyilis Hyman, and Phil Collins and his original songs have been recorded by various artists.
Check out Stolen Moments by the Piers Lawrence Quartet on JazzNet Media Records. The CD features well chosen standards and soulful original compositions; it is available directly from www.JazzNetMedia.com
In addition, he also produces and hosts the radio show, Manhattan Jazz which airs everyday at 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm on internet station www.TribecaRadio.net
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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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