Everett N. Lawler

Jazz Piano

Born: Birmingham, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

Everett Lawler is a saxophonist, band director and educator residing in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the founding director of the SuperJazz Big Band, and a prolific arranger, having written numerous charts for SuperJazz and many other groups, such as the Joe Giattina Orchestra, the UAB Jazz Ensemble and the Alabama Cavaliers. He holds the Bachelor of Music, the Master of Music Education and the Doctor of Music Education degrees.

 

 

 

Everett Lawler is one of the founders of the UAB Super Jazz Band, one of the few remaining bands in Birmingham that still plays big band music.

Lawler, who earned a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is the director of the jazz band.He also arranges and plays the saxophone, flute and clarinet.

Born in Hodges, AL in north Franklin Country, Lawler played on the big band scene with Bob Crosby, brother of legendary entertainer Bing Crosby, Vaughn Monroe and Buddy Morrow.His Alabama music connections include the Alabama Symphony.

For twenty years, Dr. Lawler taught instrumental music in the Bessemer City School system before joining the UAB staff.

An interview with Dr. Everett Lawler:

Jazz is considered by many as America's only only musical art form.If asked to define jazz, many musicians are quicker in describing the various genres of music under its label than in concocting a consise and all-inclusive definition.Having grown up in an era with such musical greats as Woody Herman and Glenn Miller, Dr. Everett Lawler, director of UAB's Super Jazz Band, has witnessed the volutionary process from the big bands of the '40s to the highly synthesizer-oriented fusion groups of the '80s.In discussing such styles as cool jazz, bebop, and fusion and the jazz of New Orleans, New York, and St. Louis, Lawler points out that what jazz means may largely depend on one's place and time.

Lawler who received his bachelor 's degree in music from The Birmingham-Southem Conservatory of Music and a master's and Ph.D. from The University of Alabama , formed the Super Jazz Band in 1978.He states that the philosophy behind this band was " to provide a place for the high-level ability player and the playing professional in the big. band format."

With few exceptions, e.g. , the Count Basie Orchestra and the Woody Herman Band , most professional big bands have "died out," and universities have become the primary centers for the continuance of this art form.Lawler views UAB's Super Jazz Band as "more than a service to the community, as an outlet for professional musicians who love jazz."

Lawler has had extensive experience as a band director and arranger.He has served as band director of the old Bessemer High School and Jess Lanier High School, coordinator of music in the Bessemer School System, and has taught in the Mountain Brook and Shelby County school systems In fact, most of the high school bands in the Birmingham area have, at one time or another played arrangements penned by Lawler.

Lawler attributes his love for jazz to growing up in an era when trig bands served as the pop stars of the day.Some of his influences were Woody Herman and Stan Kenton, then Glenn Miller and Harry James.The Herman and Kenton ensembles are jazz bands primarily, while the Miller and James groups are considered dance bands.Lawler emphasizes the fact that UAB's Super Jazz Band is of the former persuasion.He states.

Source: www.jazzhall.com

 

 

The SuperJazz Big Band (formerly UAB SuperJazz) was founded in the 1970's by several Birmingham, Alabama musicians who were interested in big band jazz, including Charles Ard, Mallory Pierce, Sonny Harris, Bernie Bell, and Dr. Everett Lawler. Initially, the band met and rehearsed at Boutwell Recording Studio in Birmingham.[2] Later, the founding members of SuperJazz decided to affiliate with the newly formed Music Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and subsequently became the first performing musical ensemble connected with UAB. After a 20-plus year association with the UAB Music Department, ties were severed and the band adopted John Carroll Catholic High School as its rehearsal and concert home for several years. As of September 2007, the group now presents concerts four times a year at the new Brock Recital Hall at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. SuperJazz has remained a very popular jazz orchestra in the Birmingham metro area for more than 30 years.

Source: Magic City Jazz Orchestra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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