Chicago saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi has developed a distinctly personal approach to improvisation and composition that has garnered the attention of the city's creative music community. Recognized for his "offbeat approach to articulating harmonies and constructing melodies" (NextBop), Laurenzi's music is inspired and informed by jazz, folk, improvised music, and contemporary classical music. His inventive improvisational sensibilities have made him a sought-after musician in many circles of Chicago's vibrant music scene.
Laurenzi has been a leader/co-leader of his own projects, Twin Talk, Snaketime, and Natural Language, as well as a member of Matt Ulery’s Loom/Large, the Quentin Coaxum Quintet, and Katie Ernst's Little Words, among others. He has released several albums featuring his original compositions, including Twin Talk’s 2019 release Weaver (37d03d), praised by PopMatters as “inventive and exhilarating.” Most recently, Laurenzi released Snaketime: The Music of Moondog (Astral Spirits/Feeding Tube Records), featuring an octet of Chicago’s leading improvisers interpreting music by the iconoclastic street musician, poet, and composer.
Laurenzi has toured extensively with Grammy award-winning artist Bon Iver, with performances at Coachella Music Festival, Primavera Sound, and the Hollywood Bowl, among others. He also appears on the band's critically acclaimed 2016 release 22, A Million.
Laurenzi earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in 2011. He has performed/recorded with Jeff Parker, Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven, Matt Ulery, Russ Johnson, Bon Iver, Japanese Breakfast, and This Is The Kit, and has recently been featured at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center.
"Laurenzi has already achieved one of the toughest things to do in jazz without overdoing it: a genuine presence." - Chicago Reader
“...superbly winning...like listening to a human voice.” - Newcity Music
“…a commanding improviser…” - DownBeat Magazine
“It may be cliché to describe Laurenzi's arrangements as having breathed new life into Moondog's music, but incredibly, that's what the saxophonist has managed to do.” - Exclaim!