Lon Price, an accomplished saxophonist renowned for his diverse musical style, started his journey in Fort Worth, Texas. Known for infusing the soulful “Texas Tenor” sound into his performances, Price was deeply influenced by esteemed saxophonists like John Coltrane, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, David “Fathead” Newman, and Hank Crawford. This foundation, coupled with his rhythm ‘n blues roots, allowed him to develop a unique playing style that resonated with audiences worldwide.
Price honed his skills in jazz studies at the University of North Texas, contributing as a soloist and composer/arranger with the acclaimed One O’clock Lab Band. He started playing professionally at just 15 and over the years, his career saw him perform alongside legendary names in the industry. In 1971, he played with Elvis Presley during the Texas leg of his U.S. tour, followed by a U.S. tour with Tom Jones in 1973. His four-year stint living in New Orleans further enriched his musical artistry, during which he collaborated with esteemed artists such as Patti LaBelle, John Mayall, James Cotton, and Dr. John.
In 1977, Price moved to Los Angeles, marking the beginning of a series of notable collaborations. He performed alongside Joan Armatrading during her World Tour in 1979 and Al Jarreau, where he is best known for his alto sax solo on the hit song “We’re in this Love Together.” His other noteworthy associations include Barbra Streisand and Manhattan Transfer. Since 1979, he has been an integral part of the band Billy Vera and the Beaters, and from 1993 onwards, he has been recording and touring with French singer/pianist Véronique Sanson.
Price’s thirst for knowledge led him to pursue private study with composer and University of Southern California faculty member Erica Muhl, after which he enrolled at USC to study composition. His Variations for Orchestra was featured in a USC Symphony program in 1995, showcasing his talent as a composer. In more recent years, Price’s skills as a saxophonist and arranger shone on Pink’s blockbuster album “Try This,” where he joined forces with other acclaimed musicians in the horn section.
Lon Price’s career as a saxophonist spans decades, and his work has left an indelible mark on the music industry. His ability to adapt his playing style across genres and his commitment to his craft have solidified his place among the greats in the world of saxophone music.
Page last updated 6/18/2023.