Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas

Composer, improviser and trumpeter
Date of Birth: 24.03.1963
Country: USA

Biography of Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas, a composer, improviser, and trumpeter, grew up in New York City. He began learning to play the piano at the age of five, the trombone at seven, and the trumpet two years later. In middle school, he studied jazz and classical harmony. In 1978, through a student exchange program, he started studying improvisational music in Barcelona, Spain. From 1981 to 1983, Douglas attended the Berklee School of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied the music of Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, and Stevie Wonder, as he considers them to be his primary influences.

In 1984, Dave Douglas moved to New York and began studying at New York University, focusing on trumpet under the guidance of Carmine Caruso. He started experimenting with jazz, funk, and experimental music groups. From 1987 to 1990, he performed as a sideman with renowned musicians such as Horace Silver, Vincent Herring, Tim Berne, Don Byron, Dr. Nerve, and others. He actively started recording with record labels like Hat Art, Soul Note, New World, Arabesque, Songlines, and Winter & Winter, and became a member of John Zorn's Masada group.

Dave recorded with musicians such as Myra Melford, Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Uri Caine, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon, Fred Hersch Tri, Mark Dresser, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, and Patricia Barber. As a composer, improviser, and trumpeter, Dave Douglas is constantly pushing the boundaries of jazz and exploring new musical territories with each project. His diverse range of influences is reflected in the music he records for his own ensembles.