Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Lawn, Rick, saxophonist, composer, educator; b. 15 May 1949. Rick holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Rayburn Wright, Manny Albam, Chuck Mangione, Bill Dobbins and William Osseck. Rick was affiliated for many years with the University of Texas at Austin where he served as Director of Jazz Studies, Chair of the Department of Music, and Associate Dean for academic affairs. He also served as Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Arts at UT. Before joining the Texas faculty he was Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Since the fall of 2002 he has been Dean of the College of Performing Arts at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA).
Performance credits include extensive work with Bob Meyer's Concert Orchestra, the Tony Campise Big Band, and the Nova Saxophone Quartet that has released four recordings on the Equilibrium, Crystal and Musical Heritage Society labels. Rick is founder of the Third Coast Jazz Orchestra that recorded his compositions on their "Unknown Soldiers" CD. And his arrangement of "Donna Lee" was recorded by Bobby Sanabria's New York Latin big band on his 2001 Grammy nominated CD.
Rick is an active Selmer clinician throughout the U.S. He has been awarded major grants as a jazz composer from the National Endowment for the Arts and his compositions are widely published by Kendor, Barnhouse UNC Press, and Alfred among others.
His wife is Sue Lawn.
1021 Owl Lane
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
HOME PHONE: (856) 429-3539