Lawrence, Arnie (Finkelstein, Arnold Lawrence)

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Lawrence, Arnie (Finkelstein, Arnold Lawrence)

Lawrence, Arnie (Finkelstein, Arnold Lawrence), jazz alto saxophonist, educator; b. N.Y., July 10, 1938. He was featured with Chico Hamilton. Lawrence’s own work has always been an innovative mix of hard bop, free improvisation, and eclectic influences. Privately he has also pursued an interest in Jewish liturgical music and has frequently played in a synagogue. He was a founding faculty member and original director of the jazz B.A. program at the New School for Social Research, though by the late 1980s his administrative duties were taken over by Martin Mueller. His style of music teaching is notable for its emphasis on ear training rather than sight reading. He moved to Israel in 1997 with the intention of starting a jazz school there.


Look Toward a Dream (1968); Inside an Hour Glass (1970); And Treasure Island (1979); Renewal (1981). Mark Weinstein and His Cosa Nueva Orch.: Cuban Roots (ca. 1974).

—Lewis Porter

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