Don Crenshaw

Don Crenshaw was born in 1952 in Virginia on an army base. His adoptive father, Albert, was a band director and taught music in Fort Worth. Albert gave him a trumpet when he came back from Panama and taught him to play. Don's high school had a very good music program and would hold fundraisers, bringing in people like Doc Severinsen, Maynard, and the Buddy Rich band. He was inspired by Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Green, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubard and Donald Byrd. Don made All-City band, third chair, in high school and played with a group in high school called Huntington Lane. They played a lot of Top 40 music like `Chicago' and `Blood, Sweat and Tears.' Later Don began playing in Memphis then moved to Baton Rouge and played on the road, travelling around to different cities looking for blues jams. He had a chance to go on the road with Johnnie Taylor, traveling to Oakland, California and playing with him for five years until Taylor died. While playing with Johnnie Taylor, the group toured Europe for six weeks including, England, Paris, Switzerland and Italy. Don came to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1995 and played at Tommy's Place and Lee's. He currently plays at the gambling boats in Shreveport and for private parties. He prefers to go where there's a blues jam, where the music is not scripted and musicians don't play the same cover songs continuously. His advice to young musicians is to be knowledgeable of who you work with to promote your music and to have a good attorney. Don has three children, Kervin, Mary Lacy and Marcie and four grandchildren.