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Turn It UP! with Ronnie Laws, Master Jazz Saxophonist!

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Ronnie Laws' name is virtually synonymous with good music. True Laws fans know, this gifted contemporary music artist is by no means a new comer to the business.

His formative training also included stints with Jazz pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and organist Doug Cann. He was a member of the 70's much-revered soul group Earth Wind and Fire, where he played tenor and soprano sax for a two-year stint, before finally venturing out to pursue a solo career.  He ushered in the sensualization of the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems such as "Grace", "Karmen", and "Just Love". Pressure Sensitive, Fever, and Friends and Strangers (Blue Note 1978), the title track of his third album, all propelled to gold status.

Even for the uninitiated, the name Ronnie Laws evokes the spirit of R&B and Contemporary Jazz. Ronnie was the first saxophone player for Earth Wind and Fire and was featured on their album, Last Day in Time. His solo career started on the legendary Blue Note label with the debut album Pressure Sensitive, which yielded his most famous instrumental song, “Always There.” He has performed with Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, BB King, George Duke, Stanley Jordan and many others.