Billy Lawlor can be
found in many different musical settings!
many years as the leader of the popular Billy Lawlor
Band on the Jersey Shore, Billy has opened up more
avenues of music in which he loves to be a part of. As a
leader of various jazz ensembles, Lawlor has recorded 2
CD's in the jazz context, both of which have portions of
the proceeds from sales going to charities. He also
performs live jazz in concert with musicians / members
of internationally acclaimed groups, such as Chicago,
Blood Sweat & Tears, The Fab Faux, former members of Ray
Charles Orchestra, and many others. The live events have
become a new sensation in the NJ concert scene.
Lawlor is also an accomplished church
musician. He has been an organist/accompanist in the
Church world since he was in 6th grade! Currently he is
the Music Director for Christ United Methodist Church in
Lakewood, NJ, responsible for running and directing a 20
member choir on a weekly basis. prior to that, he was
the cantor, organist for Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish
in Long Branch, NJ for 23 years.
When time permits, Lawlor has some
private students on piano. He was instructed by the late
great Emory Hack of Perth Amboy, NJ. Dean Earl, Berklee
College of Music. Dean was the arranger, pianist for
Billy Holiday, as well as the substitute for Count Basie!
Lawlor teaches the way he was taught, focusing on the
fundamentals that will allow a student to continually
grow and move forward......the "meat and potatoes" of
As a side musician, Lawlor plays
alongside and supports the finest entertainers in the
tri-state area, where these performers rely on Lawlor to
anchor the rhythm section, direct the band, generating
the highest level of professionalism and performance
from the band.
In the classical world, Lawlor can
perform music solo, or in concert with vocalists,
instrumentalists. He is trained
in many styles of musical accompaniment, having played
for vocalists from the NY Metropolitan Opera, Broadway
and many others.
Lawlor is also very much in demand
in the world of Irish music. Lawlor was brought up
surrounded by Irish entertainers, one of which being his
Dad, Bill Lawlor Sr. Performing at locations such as the
PNC Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ (formerly the Garden State
Arts Center) and other large locations, Lawlor has seen
and been a part of many great times singing and playing
the wonderful sounds of Irish music.