Lawrence Feldman on Building a Career

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I’ve known Lawrence Feldman since the mid-1970s, having played in a sax quartet with him for a number of years and worked with him on gigs in New York for close to 40 years. Lawrence is one of those rare birds whose love for music and desire to find new techniques to employ on his instruments has continued to grow after a lifetime of success in the music industry. Whether playing the lead alto chair for the Bob Mintzer Big Band, a classically inspired flute solo on a Tony Bennett record, or a vintage swing clarinet style for a jingle, Lawrence always seems to capture the perfect musical expression. Coupled with a Catskill-like sense of humor, he always brings a unique enthusiasm to any rehearsal or performance. One of the most knowledgeable woodwind players regarding equipment concerning saxophone, clarinet and flute, Lawrence shares some of his insights in this area during the interview. His musicianship and thoughts have always been a source of inspiration to me. It’s my pleasure to share some moments of reflection with my buddy, Lawrence Feldman.

Companion Video: Lawrence Feldman on Woodwind Styles