• ” He’s listened to just about everyone, and not only alto players. With this knowledge of the entire jazz language,
    Lou is definitely an individual voice.”

    Horace Parlan
  •  “The octogenarian virtuoso has lost little to the passing decades.”

    The Chicago Tribune
  • “He remains the leading exponent of this soul-jazz approach. Yet even at its bluesiest, his playing remains informed by bebop.”

    The New York Times
  • “My first impulse is always to describe Lou Donaldson as the greatest alto saxophonist in the world.”
    The New York Sun, January 2007

    Will Friedwald

NO FUSION — NO CONFUSION

JUST STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ, BEBOP & BLUES

 Lou Donaldson in Concert at Kennedy Center 2014-for slider

LOU’S SIGNATURE TUNE

Lou's Signature Tune: Blues Walk

Lou’s Signature Tune: Blues Walk

BEBOP MASTER PLAYS WEE

BEBOP MASTER PLAYS CHEROKEE

LOU PLAYS ALL TIME HIT ALLIGATOR BOOGALOO

SPECIAL APPEARANCES

Check Back to Learn About Lou’s Special Appearances

HONORS TO LOU FROM THE JAZZ COMMUNITY

Lou Receives North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Award

Lou Proudly Displays North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Award 2012

Lou proudly displays North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Award

Lou proudly displays North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Award

Lou Receives Ellington Medal

Lou Donaldson Quartet Performs When Lou Receives Medal Named In Honor of Duke Ellington at Yale 2012

Lou Donaldson received Yale Ellington Medal 300x210

Lou Receives Benjamin Banneker Award

Lou Receives Benjamin Banneker Award on February 27, 2014

Lou Receives Benjamin Banneker Award on February 27, 2014

Bronx Council on the Arts Honors Lou

As A Longtime Resident of the Bronx since the 1950’s
and a Renowned Contributor to Jazz,
Lou Is Proud to be Honored By the Bronx Council on the Arts
on June 2, 2010 in New York

Bronx Council on the Arts Honors Lou Donaldson 6-2 2010

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