Azar Lawrence (born November 3, 1952) is an American jazz saxophonist, known for his contributions as sideman to McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw. Lawrence was the tenor saxophonist Tyner used following John Coltrane's death.
Lawrence released Summer Solstice on Prestige Records in 1975, produced by Orrin Keepnews. It featured Raul de Souza, Gerald Hayes, Amaury Tristão, Dom Salvador, Ron Carter, Guilherme Franco on the songs "Novo Ano" and "Highway" which were composed by Amaury Tristão, and Lawrence, Souza, Albert Dailey, Carter and Billy Hart on all other selections.
Bridge Into The New Age featured Jean Carn, Woody Shaw, Ray Straughter, Woody Murray, Clint Houston, Billy Hart, Guillerme Franco, Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Black Arthur, Joe Bonner, John Heard, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Mtume and Kenneth Nash.
- 1974: Bridge into the New Age (Prestige)
- 1975: Summer Solstice (Prestige)
- 1976: People Moving (Prestige)
- 2009: Prayer For My Ancestors (Furthermore)
- 2010: Mystic Journey (Furthermore)
- 2014: The Seeker (Sunnyside)
With Mulatu Astatke
- Timeless (2010, Mochilla)
With Henry Butler
- Fivin' Around (1986, Impulse!/MCA)
With Miles Davis
- Dark Magus (1977 - recorded 1974)
With Henry Franklin
- If We Should Meet Again (2007, Skipper Productions)
- Home Cookin (2007, Skipper Productions)
With Gene Harris
- In a Special Way (1976)
With Freddie Hubbard
- Bundle of Joy (1977)
With Elvin Jones
- New Agenda (Vanguard, 1975)
With Woody Shaw
- The Moontrane (1974, Muse)
- In: Sanity (Black Saint, 1976)
With McCoy Tyner
With Harry Whitaker
- Black Renaissance (1976, Bay State/Ubiquity)
- "Azar Lawrence - Interview". Azarjazz. Sep 25, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- Azar Lawrence video interview at allaboutjazz.com