Internationally regarded as cutting-edge trombonist and a renown producer, composer, orchestrator and “arranger of the first-class” (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes), Doug Beavers has earned a Grammy® for his work on Eddie Palmieri’s Listen Here (2006) and has performed, toured and recorded with Eddie Palmieri (La Perfecta II, Ritmo Caliente, Listen Here), Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney (Sentimental Journey, The Last Concert), Hillary McRae, Brian Culbertson, Mingus Big Band, and Pete Escovedo, and many others.
His most recent release, Two Shades of Nude (Origin Records), has drawn wide critical acclaim and has currently peaked at #50 on the Jazzweek national radio jazz chart. The recording, featuring a modern jazz nonet, has drawn a wealth of notable critical reviews from Downbeat and Jazztimes magazines. His previous studio production, Jazz, Baby! (2007, Origin Records), was dedicated to young fans of big band swing and received radio airplay in the US and was also reviewed extensively by national jazz publications.
Currently based in New York City, Doug Beavers continues to exercise his firm belief in musical advocacy. He has recently established the Harlem School of Contemporary Music and Recording Arts, enabling urban students of New York City to study their specific brand of urban jazz, salsa, hip-hop and rock through a program of formal music training. Students then carry this education into the recording studio, adopting the recording arts and contributing to professional recording sessions on-site at the Harlem School's state of the art recording arts facility.
He has taught previously as an adjunct professor of music at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA and continues to maintain his post as professor of jazz trombone at California State University, East Bay via interactive media teleconferencing.
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"....arranger of the first class."
- Harvey Siders, JazzTimes
"For the efforts of Mr. Beavers, the new millennium finds me
Eddie Palmieri - Liner Notes from "La Perfect II"
"Beavers is only 31 - a mere infant in jazz speak - but he's
already accomplished more than some jazz musicians do
during entire careers".
Jim Harrington - ANG Newspapers
"A new star is emerging with his trombone in his heart and
salsa dura in his soul."
Jesse "Chuy" Varela - Latin Beat Magazine
"La Perfecta II was born from the chance opportunity of Doug
diligent effort to recover the music that had long since been
Beavers' brilliantly transcribed the original compositions of La
the efforts of Mr. Beavers, the new millennium finds me truly
Eddie Palmieri, liner notes from La Perfecta II
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
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.