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What started as an inspiration by Sha-na-na as a child, to debuting at #1 on iTunes Classical with his 2014 release, The Chopin Variations, Chad Lawson has accomplished much in between. While in school at the Berklee College of Music, Chad began his career as a studio musician. After his studies at Berklee, he decided to go on tour with Babik Reinhardt (son of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt). Following his stint on the road, Chad formed the Chad Lawson Trio. They released their self-titled debut album in 1997 followed by Dear Dorothy; The Oz Sessions (jazz trio arrangements of The Wizard of Oz) in 2002 and Unforeseen two years later

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News: Career

On Achieving DIY Success [Chad Lawson]

On Achieving DIY Success [Chad Lawson]

In this article, award winning composer and pianist Chad Lawson outlines his process for achieving success in the music industry, discussing how one can take advantage of social media in unexpected ways, the importance of good networking, and why it is necessary to remain patient when making a career out of your music. Guest post by Chad Lawson from his CDBaby DIY ...

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Article: Interview

Chad Lawson: Crossing Over and Back

Read "Chad Lawson: Crossing Over and Back" reviewed by K. Shackelford


Chad Lawson is a compelling musical voice that deserves wider attention. He's a masterful pianist with an extensive jazz background, but has crossed genres taking the beauty of his music into the classical world. Recently, he released The Chopin Variations, arrangements of famed composer Frédéric François Chopin. On the album, Lawson re-contextualizes Chopin's piano solo pieces, ...

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Unforeseen

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Past Reference, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, Litttle Person, Michelle, In the Wee Small Hour, Unforeseen, Black Hole Sun, My Shining Hour, Alone Together, So You Said

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Article: Album Review

Chad Lawson Trio: Unforeseen

Read "Unforeseen" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Nothing particularly earthshaking or groundbreaking here; just a well oiled piano trio going after an engaging set tunes, melody in the forefront. Pianist Chad Lawson has an ear for fine melodies on this collection that mixes standards, a few rock tunes, and four of his own first rate compositions. The set opens ...

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Dear Dorothy: The Oz Sessions

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Over the Rainbow; Yellow Brick Road / Off to See the Wizard; If I Only Had a Brain; Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead; Munchkinland; The Lollypop Guild; The Merry Ole Land of Oz; King of the Forest; Dear Dorothy; The Jitterbug; Are We There Yet?; Optimistic Voices (56:29).

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Article: Album Review

The Chad Lawson Trio: Dear Dorothy: The Oz Sessions

Read "Dear Dorothy: The Oz Sessions" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The future isn't always as bleak as it so often appears. Amid the welter of rubbish that passes for music these days one can occasionally discern a refreshing ray of sunshine. Here's one--music from MGM's film classic The Wizard of Oz, handsomely arranged and marvelously played by three talented young musicians from North Carolina. The idea ...

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Dear Dorothy: The OZ Sessions

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Over the Rainbow - 5:47 2. Yellow Brick Road/See the Wizard - 5:54 3. If I Only Had a Brain - 4:42 4. Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead - 4:54 5. Munchkinland - 4:09 6. The Lollypop Guild - 4:13 7. Merry Ole Land of Oz - 3:32 8. King of the Forest - 4:22 9. Dear Dorothy (Lawson) - 4:31 10. The Jitterbug - 5:04 11. Are We There Yet? (Lawson) - 6:42 12. Optimistic Voices - 2:39

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Article: Album Review

Chad Lawson Trio: Dear Dorothy: The OZ Sessions

Read "Dear Dorothy: The OZ Sessions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Summit Records has evolved into one of the finer jazz record labels. They're proponents of worthy, yet at times lesser-known talent, while also recruiting more familiar names for a variety of projects. Here, the Chad Lawson (piano) Trio morph tunes from The Wizard of Oz into mainstream jazz arrangements. The musicians have designed a pleasant outing, ...


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