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  • Doug Beavers (2010)

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    Trombonist, arranger, composer and bandleader Doug Beavers may be a home boy, having grown up right here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but he's no homebody. Still comfortably on the right side of 40 years of age, he has under his belt several years in Seattle and many in New York City. In fact, the very night before his sojourn on the desert island, he flew back from Bogota, Colombia, where he'd been appearing with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

    Although Doug had a full scholarship to UC Davis to study electrical engineering, the call of music proved too strong. (Perhaps he was channeling his Catalan grandfather, whom Doug describes as "The Benny Goodman of Spain".) He switched to Cal State Hayward (as it then was), and after graduating with a BA in Music, was straight off to the Manhattan School of Music, where he first encountered fellow trombonist Conrad Herwig.

    Shifting gears a second time, albeit not so abruptly, Doug changed his focus to composing and arranging, studying with Mike Abene.

    Always busy, Doug was awarded his master's degree, toured with the Mingus Big Band, and, on the recommendation of Herwig, joined Eddie Palmieri's La Perfect Band. Three of Palmieri's recordings on which Doug appeared were nominated for Grammies, and one won, in the Latin Jazz category in 2006.

    Doug's own band projects produced the recording "Jazz Baby". A second recording, "Two Shades of Nude" will be released in September 2010. Catch Doug in the Bay Area while you can: no sooner will his CD release at Yoshi's on September 17 be over than he'll be off again to New York City--this time for good. (Or so he says. Watch this space.)
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Miles Davis with Gil Evans Miles Ahead Springsville Columbia
    # 2 Cachao El Gran Cachao Ahora Si Kubaney
    # 3 The Oscar Peterson Trio and Nelson Riddle Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle (LP) Come Sunday Verve
    # 4 J.J. Johnson The Brass Orchestra Enigma Verve
    # 5 Steely Dan Aja Deacon Blues MCA
    # 6 Tito Puente Carnaval En Harlem Letargo Fania
    # 7 Rosemary Clooney Love How Will I Remember You? Warner Bros
    # 8 Eddie Palmieri Music Man Busca lo Tuyo Fania
    # 9 Joe Henderson Joe Henderson Big Band Inner Urge Verve
    Book Quincy Troupe, "Miles: The Autobiography"
    Luxury Item A plexiglas piano
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