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Doug Beavers

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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Album Review

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Imagenes Latinas

Read "Imagenes Latinas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'ottavo album della Spanish Harlem Orchestra celebra il secondo decennio della formazione e colleziona un'altra nomination al Grammy, dopo averne vinti tre. Guidata dal pianista e compositore Oscar Hernández, la big band è una delle voci più acclamate del latin jazz, e si pone sulla scia dei leggendari Manny Oquendo, Barry Rogers, Andy e Jerry Gonzalez alla cui memoria il disco è dedicato. L'impronta stilistica della Spanish Harlem è ovviamente legata alla quarantennale storia musicale del leader, formatosi ...

Radio & Podcasts

Jelly Roll Morton, Bruce Forman & Doug Beavers

Read "Jelly Roll Morton, Bruce Forman & Doug Beavers" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 714th Episode of Neon Jazz with veteran jazz artist Doug Beavers. We also present a track from John Coltrane off his LP Crescent that inspired Doug journey into jazz. We also take a listen to a number artists releasing new music in 2021 including Yaala Ballin, Steve Feifke, Jihee Heo and Perry Smith. The final cut on this hour comes from a legend who fueled many careers in the late great Michael Brecker. The theme is new ...

Album Review

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Latin Jazz Project

Read "The Latin Jazz Project" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When last heard from, the salsa powerhouse Spanish Harlem Orchestra was celebrating fifteen years of playing together with Anniversary (ArtistShare, 2018). There have always been elements of Latin jazz in the group's music, and Artistic Director Oscar Hernández is a noted Latin jazz pianist, so it was only a matter of time until they presented a full program of it. In addition to his arrangements, Hernández contributed several compositions, and is a prominent soloist. The band contains some ...

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"....arranger of the first class." - Harvey Siders, JazzTimes

"For the efforts of Mr. Beavers, the new millennium finds me truly grateful" 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 Beavers' diligent effort to recover the music that had long since been retired. Mr. Beavers' brilliantly transcribed the original compositions of La Perfecta. For the efforts of Mr. Beavers, the new millennium finds me truly grateful." — Eddie Palmieri, liner notes from La Perfecta II

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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.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Imagenes Latinas

Self Produced


Todas las Voces

Blue Fern Record​s


Two Shades of Nude

Origin Records


Jazz, Baby!

Origin Records


Two Shades Of Nude

From: Two Shades of Nude
By Doug Beavers

You Are My Sunshine

From: Jazz, Baby!
By Doug Beavers


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