Claude Lakey Woodwinds


Sue McKenzie

"I started playing on a Lakey 15 years ago, and been having a love affair with it ever since! There’s a richness and depth to the sound at all dynamics that I can’t get from other equipment."


Sue is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist and as one of Scotland’s leading contemporary saxophonists having given premieres of many new works for saxophone across The United Kingdom. She was the Assistant Director of the World Saxophone Congress 2012 and is the Director of the Scottish Saxophone Academy.

Sue is also one half of the McKenzie Sawers Duo whose debut album, “The Coral Sea” was released on Delphian Records to critical acclaim (“Limitless, enchanting and implacable.  If you buy only one saxophone record this year, make this the one” - Norman Lebrecht, Sinfini Music).

She tours internationally with Salsa Celtica and also regularly performs with the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra which has given the opportunity to work alongside Gail Brand, Maggie Nichols, Evan Parker, Gino Robair and Marilyn Crispell. Sue led and wrote for her first international band, Dark Grooves, at the 2013 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and also has a duo with double bass player, Emma Smith (Gorillaz).

She is also the leader of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble who have released an album entitled, Mrs Malcolm on Largo Records ("Virtuosic playing with a strong jazz influence…..this must rate as one of the best quartet recordings of recent years” - GB Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine).

A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Sue has also studied with Lynn Klock, Eugene Rousseau and David Murray. She has recorded for Discos Leon, Greentrax Records and Linn Records and along with HMG has supported Bill Frisell and Esbjörn Svensson Trio.

Sue McKenzie Uses

Original Alto

Original Soprano