Count Basie Orchestra Saxophone Section

Count Basie Orchestra Saxophone Section on JodyJazz Mouthpieces


"After touring the JodyJazz factory I was thoroughly impressed with the level of detail, quality, and oversight. Each mouthpiece is constructed and hand finished in house. Jody play tests each mouthpiece to make sure it is consistent with the master. Excellent workmanship. I've been playing on vintage Meyer's my whole career and I found Jody's full range of mouthpieces to be very enjoyable to play. I surprisingly liked the metal DV NY. The mouthpiece is not overly bright, very easy blowing, and uniform throughout the range of the instrument. While in Hilton Head, I performed with the Count Basie Orchestra on one of Jody's hard rubber pieces. It was pleasingly darker than what I usually play but had plenty of projection and power, a full dynamic capacity, and excellent intonation. It was wonderful to play and I have been playing it on the bandstand since. The Kaspar barrel and HR* Clarinet setup is wonderful as well. Uniform through the throat tones, broad in the upper register, and rich in the lower. If you are looking for something fun to play, versatile enough to allow you to be you, and of superior quality, I highly recommend you check out these mouthpieces."

DOUG LAWRENCE (1st TENOR) - Hand Hammered HH Tenor 9*

"The new Hand Hammered HH Tenor saxophone mouthpiece is without a doubt the best mouthpiece I have played in my 50+ year career. It has everything I want or need in a tenor mouthpiece. I can whisper, I can roar, and everything in between. It has that big full beautiful tone that is reminiscent of my heroes Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon, and it works great in small band settings as well as my longtime gig with the Count Basie Orchestra. Live or in the studio, this HH is really versatile. I can use it on any type of music with no problem at all. Jody and his crew have really outdone themselves this time. I'm completely blown away!"

DOUG MILLER (2nd TENOR) - DV Tenor 8*

"Since I received my JodyJazz DV Tenor 8* Sax mouthpiece a few weeks ago, I've played it exclusively! It's giving me a much bigger sound when needed but also allows me to sub-tone with great control. I've needed less adjustments to compensate for intonation issues and find that it gives me great consistency throughout the entire range of the horn! I highly recommend the JodyJazz mouthpiece to any saxophonist!"

JOSH LEE (BARI SAX) - DV Baritone 8

"When the bass trombonist behind me raves about my mouthpiece, I know its a great one! As a baritone player, one of my most important goals is to blend with with the saxophone and the bass trombonist behind me. I can do both with ease since I started playing the JodyJazz DV Series Baritone mouthpiece! It has been a joy to play this around the world with the Count Basie Orchestra, and it has been such an effortless transition from my previous hard rubber pieces. This piece sounds great on all of my baritones but especially with my low Bb P.Mauriat horn as the intonation and projection I can get with the combination are top notch. I’m excited to grow even more into this great mouthpiece and I can truly feel the level of precision and attention to detail with which it was created.

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Count Basie Orchestra Saxophone Section Biography


Born and raised in Manhattan where he still lives, Dave went to the high school of performing arts in NYC and Eastman School of Music in Rochester. Dave first joined the Basie band on 1/15/1989 to 1991. After leaving Basie, Dave worked for 11 years straight with Clark Terry's Quintet. He also played lead alto in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band and numerous others in and around NYC including a long association with Barry Harris during this time. Dave has been teaching at the New School in NYC for 20+ years and rejoined the Basie band in 2017.


The newest member of the Basie sax section, Chris made his debut with the band on October 14th, 2022. Chris just recently returned from a European tour with Wynton Marsalis and has worked with among others- Herbie Hancock, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Terrell Stafford, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and John Beasley's Monk'estra.


Doug Lawrence was first asked to join the Basie band in 1980 but could not take the gig because he was in the Army. Doug was the featured tenor soloist in the West Point Jazz Band (this band also included Vincent Herring, James Chirillo and James Cammack). After leaving the Army, Doug Lawrence worked in Benny Goodman's band, Buck Clayton's Band, Dizzy Gillespie's Band, Frank Sinatra's band and many others. Doug began working with the Basie band in the mid 1990's and joined the band fulltime in 2002.


Doug Miller is from Virginia Beach where he now lives with his wife Cynthia. Doug left Lionel Hampton's band, where he was musical director and tenor saxophonist, to join the Count Basie Orchestra in mid 1989. Doug Miller took the longtime Basie tenor saxophonist/flutist Eric Dixon's place, who had passed away. Before joining Lionel Hampton's Big Band, Doug Miller worked with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, George Russell's Band and many others. Doug is a Berkley School of Music Alumni.


Josh joined the Basie band in 2018. From Philadelphia, where he still lives, Josh went to school at Temple University in Philadelphia where he was mentored by Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield and Gary Smulyan. Before joining the Basie band, Josh worked and still subs in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Sun Ra Arkestra and Terrel Stafford's Big Band.



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