Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian is one of the most in demand musicians on the scene today. Ms. Sevian came to NYC in 1997 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and soon thereafter began touring with groups such as Diva and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. She can be seen performing as a bandleader around the NYC area with her quartet, the LSQ; or LSAT, her quintet co-led with alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, which recently won first place in the “Made in NY” jazz competition. As a sidewoman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with countless other groups, notably the Dizzy Gillespie all star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. Her debut album “Blueprint” was released on saxophonist Greg Osby’s label Inner Circle Music to critical acclaim, winning a SESAC jazz award for national performance activity, and receiving rave reviews in publications such as Downbeat, Cadence, and All About Jazz. Her sophomore album, “Bliss”, was released spring 2018 on Posi-tone Records, and features all stars of the jazz scene, Alexa Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Christian McBride, and E.J. Strickland, also receiving critical reviews. Ms. Sevian also co-leads “Lioness”, an all female collective featuring the horn section of Alexa Tarantino, on alto sax, Jenny Hill on tenor sax, organist Akiko Tsuruga, guitarist Amanda Monaco, & drummer Allison Miller. Her versatility as a musician has led her to a variety of playing situations, working with the likes of actor Denis Leary, and most recently with Maurice Hines in the theater production of “Tappin Thru Life”. She has been nominated on her instrument in Downbeat Critics poll for “rising star” since 2007, nominated in JazzTimes for baritone saxophonist of the year, and the 2019 Jazz Journalist Association awards. As an educator, she has been teaching privately for over 15 years, she is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, and Jazz at Lincoln Center as director of the “Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra” and instructor for the middle school jazz academy, and has also taught at Jazz House Kids and NJPAC. She is a frequent guest artist at many universities, high schools, middle schools, and has adjudicated at numerous jazz competitions & festivals all over the world, notably the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festivals’ “Next Generation Jazz Festival”, the Victoria Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Ms. Sevian endorses Buffet-Crampon saxophones, D’addario reeds, RPC mouthpieces, and BG France accessories.