About Doug Beavers
"For the efforts of Mr. Beavers, the new millennium finds me truly grateful"
- Eddie Palmieri
Grammy® Award 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 a 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, Mingus Big Band, Ruben Blades, Sheila E., Giovanni Hidalgo, Típica ’73, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paul Simon, and countless others. As a leader, he’s recorded three critically acclaimed albums; Titanes del Trombón (Artistshare®, 2015) was met with critical success and has garnered positive reviews from Downbeat, Jazziz, earning a “Best of 2015” pick from Descarga.com.
Always a strong advocate for music education, Beavers established the Harlem School of Urban Music (harlemschool.org) in 2010, and has served as adjunct professor, lecturer, and adviser at many prominent colleges and universities in the US and abroad.
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News & Updates
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!
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
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