About Doug Beavers
"For the efforts of Mr. Beavers, the new millennium finds me truly grateful"
- Eddie Palmieri
2019 GRAMMY® Winner Doug Beavers has been hailed by critics and fellow musicians as a leading trombonist of his generation and “an arranger of the first-class” (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes). After moving to New York and receiving his Master’s Degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music in 2002, he was catapulted to international significance when he was discovered by NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri to transcribe and arrange the complete repertoire from his historic La Perfecta group of the 1960s. He won his first Grammy® Award with Palmieri for Listen Here in 2006, an album which featured such jazz leaders as Michael Brecker, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, and John Scofield.
Doug Beavers has since went on to perform, arrange and record for Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Willie Colon, Mingus Big Band, Ruben Blades, Típica ’73, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paul Simon, Diego El Cigala, Christian McBride and countless others. As a leader, he’s recorded four critically acclaimed albums; his most recent release, Art of the Arrangement (Artistshare, 2017), earned a nomination for the 60th Annual Grammy® Awards and a 4 Star review in the November 2017 issue of Downbeat Magazine.
Beavers currents leads a multi-faceted and active career touring, recording, producing and engineering for top New York City and world artists. Always a strong advocate for music education, he can be seen teaching an extensive number of annual masterclasses and workshops in Mexico and Colombia, and at his studio in New York City with the New York Jazz Workshop. Doug was recently selected to give the keynote presentation for Jazzweek Summit 2018, “Beyond the Tipping Point, a Clash of Cultures in the Digital Era” .
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News & Updates
Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s “Anniversary”, co-produced by Doug Beavers, wins Grammy at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Led by renowned pianist, composer, arranger and musical director, Oscar Hernández, 5X GRAMMY® nominated Spanish Harlem Orchestra is truly honored and grateful to announce their third GRAMMY® win! The 13-piece ensemble graciously accepted the award for Best Tropical Latin Album for their fifth album, Anniversary at the 61st GRAMMY® ceremony, which took place on Sunday, February 10th at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hernandez accepted the award in the company of members Marco Bermudez, Carlos Cascante, Luisito Quintero, Doug Beavers and Jeremy Bosch.
The Mercury News: "San Jose Jazz Summer Fest: Latin star Doug Beavers pays tribute to salsa legend"
"Art of the Arrangement" is Nominated for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards!
For Your 60th Grammy® Awards Consideration "Art of the Arrangement"
For your consideration for the 60th Grammy® Awards
Best Tropical Album
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals
“Montara Eleguá (feat. Pedrito Martinez)”
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doug beavers launches "art of the arrangement" on artistshare® .
New York, NY -- Thursday August 11, 2016
Acknowledging that the musical arrangement itself is a celebrated, unique, and vital art form, Art of the Arrangement will directly involve fans in the creative process of the arrangement from initial creative spark to final, recorded version. Fans participating on the platform will be able to interact in person with the the celebrated arrangers, and Beavers himself, as the project transitions from initial idea, to production, and ultimately to completed album. The album is slated to release June 30, 2017.
Arrangers currently signed on for the project are Oscar Hernandez, Jose Madera, Marty Sheller, and Ray Santos.
The effort will enlist the talents of living, historical arrangers to handcraft new works for the project. Through the lens of these new works, Beavers will forge a set of his own compositions and arrangements to round out the vision of the Art of the Arrangement.
big band and combo arrangements for "Titanes del Trombón now available at 3-2 music publishing!
March 8, 2016
UPDATE: They're done! 5 Brand new arrangements from my latest release "Titanes del Trombón" are now available exclusively at 3-2 Music Publishing. The arrangements are available in big band, combo, and trombone choir formats. Check them out now!
Reviews for "Titanes del Trombón" (Artistshare, 2015)
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
- New York Jazz Workshop - Instructor of Trombone, Composition & Latin Studies
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