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Mike Lawson


MICHAEL (MIKE) LAWSON (trombonist) was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He began playing the trombone at the age of nine, several years later auditioning and being selected in a Canada-wide audition to play in Montreal’s Expo ’67 band.

Lawson has played professionally all over Canada, The Bahamas, England, Bermuda, and Switzerland. He was the long-time trombonist at Diamond Lil's at Toronto’s Skyline Hotel, and has performed at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, the O'Keefe Centre, and the Royal York Hotel playing for stars including Jack Jones, Michel LeGrand, Charles Aznavour, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Petula Clark, and Frankie Laine.

As a Dixieland player, he leads the Bourbon Street Buskers, and has worked with the Climax Jazz Band, The Swing Sisters, the Stanley Steamer Jazz Band, Borgie’s Banjo Reunion, and The Village Stompers. Lawson is also an original member of Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band, the Glenn Miller Band, and Peter Appleyard's Swing Fever.

Mike Lawson played in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre as a member of Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band during their inaugural appearance on February 12, 1979. He later led the Bourbon Street Buskers when they presented a “Sound of Toronto Jazz Concert” on February 24, 1997.