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Dave Douglas


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Montclair, New York NJ, United States (1963 – present)

Dave Douglas is an American (born in Montclair, New Jersey March 24th, 1963) trumpeter and composer whose music is notable for drawing on many non-jazz musical styles, including music, music and . He has been a member of the Orange Then Blue. Douglas is currently the director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City.

Since 1993, Douglas has recorded more than twenty albums as a bandleader. He has also performed and recorded with dozens of musicians, perhaps most notably with various John Zorn ensembles. With his own groups, Douglas has pioneered new settings for the trumpet in jazz and expanded concepts of what the music (and music in general) can be. In more recent years he has explored collaborations involving modern dance, /poetry, and film.

Douglas grew up in the New York City area and attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a private high school in New Hampshire. He discovered jazz while on an abroad program in Spain. After graduating from high school in 1981, he studied at the Berklee School of Music and New England Conservatory, both located in Boston, Mass.

In 1984, Douglas moved to New York to study at New York University (NYU) and finish a degree in music. This is the year his daughter, Mia Douglas, was born. Meanwhile he played with a variety of ensembles and came to the attention of the famous jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Horace Silver. Douglas played with Silver from 1987 to 1990.


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