About Doug Beavers
"For the efforts of Mr. Beavers, the new millennium finds me truly grateful"
- Eddie Palmieri
Doug Beavers was catapulted to international musical significance when he was discovered by 10-time Grammy® winner Eddie Palmieri and called on to transcribe and arrange the complete repertoire from his seminal La Perfecta group of the 1960s. Beavers went on to tour, record and perform for Eddie’s new La Perfecta II as lead trombonist and arranger, winning a Grammy® with Palmieri for his work on his 2005 release Listen Here.
Beavers has since established his own solo career, becoming universally recognized as a cutting-edge trombonist and “an arranger of the first-class” (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes). He has performed and arranged for the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Paul Simon, Ruben Blades, Ismael Miranda, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Don Omar, Sheila E., Mingus Big Band, Tipica ’73, Eddie Palmieri, Pete Escovedo, Mambo Legends Orchestra, and is currently lead trombonist for the acclaimed Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a position he has held since 2010.
In addition to producing, arranging, and orchestrating many stateside releases, he has released four solo projects, the most recent entitled Titanes del Trombón, released on the prestigious Artistshare® label in 2015. The album launched through a series of CD release shows at SOB's New York, San Jose Jazz Summerfest and the Barranquijazz festival in Barranquilla, Colombia. Titanes del Trombón has since topped world salsa and latin jazz charts and has garnered positive reviews in a host of prestigious publications.
Always a strong advocate for music education, Doug Beavers serves as an adjunct professor, lecturer and advisor at prominent colleges and universities in the US and around the globe. Now based in New York City, he has established the Harlem School of Urban Music (harlemschool.org), enabling urban students of Harlem and the South Bronx to study their own speciﬁc brand of urban jazz, salsa, hip-hop, and rock, through a combined program of formal music theory and modern audio production.
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News & Updates
Barranquijazz jazz festival, colombia
Playing to a totally packed house, the concert at Barranquijazz (Barranquilla, Colombia) was one we won’t soon forget! Playing to a totally packed house, the Titanes del Trombón concert at Barranquijazz was one we won't soon forget! Come see some photos and video from the show!
downbeat magazine: "Doug beavers finds new sound with titanes del trombón"
Phillip Lutz writes about Titanes del Trombón and while he hails it as a "significant work" in the October '15 issue of Downbeat Magazine. Check out the full article.
Doug Beavers "Titanes del trombón" to perform SJ jazz Summer fest Aug. 9
Titanes del Trombón is slated to headline Friday, Aug. 7th at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest alongside Eddie Palmieri & Brian Culbertson. Feat. Frankie Vazquez, Luisito Quintero, Karl Perazo, and more. CD Release feature event. Tickets
"Exquisite.... a tremendous musical production, *****" - Latin Jazz Network
Titanes del Trombón takes away the "Album of the Week" award and a 5-star rating to boot on the ubiquitous Latin Jazz Network.
See the full review here
"TITANES" CD RELASE TOUR ANNOUCNED
Friday, June 16 2015 - SOBs CD Release Party - New York City
Friday, August 7, 2015 - San Jose Jazz Festival "Titanes" CD Release Gala - San Jose, CA
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Barranquijazz Festival, Barranquilla, Colombia
At core of Doug Beavers' musical concept lies the belief that one's teachings and experiences in the "real world" of music must be propagated so that advancement in the art itself is possible. Based on this belief, Doug Beavers has gained a reputation as being a music educator with a direct, concise, and intuitive delivery that excites all within attendance and encourages listening ears of all levels to focus in on the material at hand.
To this end, the following innovative programs have been developed to introduce students to musical concepts that were introduced to Doug by way of real-world musical situations, in a multitude of genres. These ideas have been translated into the common language that is used in today's musical education and will be conveyed to the student by way of masterclasses or more interactive clinics.
Current educational posts
- Harlem School of Urban Music - Founder & Program Director
- California Jazz Conservatory - Adjunct Professor
- New York Jazz Workshop - Instructor of Trombone, Composition & Latin Studies
- Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogotá, Colombia - Visiting Artist, Departamento de Investigaciones
- Los Medanos College - Staff/Adjunct Professor
Clinics & Masterclasses Offered
- Tone Quality
- Harmonic Application and treatment as related to the trombone
- Jazz Agility Exercises
Arranging & Composition
- Historical Perspective and Analysis of the greats—Nelson Riddle, Gil Evans, Sammy Nestico
- Arranging in the Modern Era— modern harmony and voice-leading
- Sibelius & Finale 2010 as applied to jazz arranging, reducing playback dependency
- Historical background and chronology—from religious chants to modern era recordings
- Roles of the instruments utilized in the idiom with audio and written examples
- Survey of rare and unreleased recordings, with analyses and transcriptions
What is Clave?
- Identifying and improvising in and out of clave
- Improvising off the dominant chord to achieve a maximum degree of tension and release
- Basic explanation of clave
Skype® Online Lessons Available
- Trombone technique & applications
- Afro-Cuban Improvisation