Sax In The City

Lauren Sevian brings big baritone energy to The Django this Spring.

Ahead of her return to The Django stage this Spring, we sat down with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian to chat about what she’s recently been up to and what’s in store for 2023! Don’t miss her performances on April 27th and be sure to reserve your table in advance!


Who were some of your earliest musical influences? John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Pepper Adams, Miles Davis.


Can you tell us some of your most vivid formative musical memories? Sitting in with the Count Basie Orchestra in high school, performing at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall with the Grammy band.


When did you decide that you would make a life in music? When I was in high school.


The baritone saxophone isn’t the most common of instruments, especially for jazz soloists. How were you drawn to it? I tried it at the suggestion of my private instructor at the time, and instantly connected with it.


Who are some of your baritone sax “influencers?” Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne, Ronnie Cuber, & Nick Brignola.


Tell us about some of your most cherished musical experiences since your profile has grown worldwide? Recording two albums as a leader, co leading LSAT with Alexa Tarantino, co leading Lioness with Amanda Monaco, being a 20+ year member of the Mingus Big Band.


What’s your favorite thing about New York? No matter what day it is, in the evening you can always find incredible music happening all over the city. Also, the NYC marathon!


What can people expect to hear at your upcoming Django shows? They can expect a fiery band presenting a mix of classic jazz standards, plus fun and engaging original tunes.


Who are some artists you still want to work with? I would love to work with Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, to name a few.


What’s coming from you in 2023? Keep an eye out for some new releases and shows with different groups including my quartet, LSAT, Veronica Swift, the Mingus Big Band, and other guest artist appearances!