Doug Munro is a critically acclaimed New York-based jazz guitarist. Since 1986 he has released 20 albums as a leader and has appeared on over 100 recordings as a sideman, producer, and arranger, working with artists like Dr. John, Michael Brecker, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He has over 75 published compositions and over 300 recorded arrangements to his credit.
In the recording field, Doug has received two Grammy nominations and two NAIRD awards. His 2011 release, A Very Gypsy Christmas was a top 5 pick by the Wall Street Journal. Amazon.com picked Boogaloo to Beck, which he arranged, co- produced, and on which he played, as a Top Ten Jazz CD of 2003. Doug also did orchestration on the Oscar-winning documentary film When We Were Kings. His last CD released in 2017, The Harry Warren Songbook, received rave reviews and still enjoys strong airplay.
Doug has written four books on jazz improvisation for Warner Brothers Publications and Alfred Music Publications, including one entitled, From Swing to Bebop, which won the Music and Sound Retailers instructional book of the year award in 2000. His last print only book, The Total Latin Guitarist (Alfred Publishing) was released in 2010.
Doug now writes exclusively for online publications and instructional websites. He contributes guitar instruction articles for Premier Guitar magazine and is a teaching/artist contributor for TrueFire.com where he has three online instructional courses and his own dedicated subscriber channel called Doug Munro’s Guitar Garage.
Munro created and directed the Jazz Studies Program at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in 1993 and is now Professor Emeritus (retired). He has been a teaching artist at the Litchfield Jazz Camp since 2009.
2011 Wall street Journal top 5 Christmas CD for "A Very Gypsy Christmas".
two Grammy nominations and two NAIRD awards for work
with the Skatilites
Amazon.com picked Boogaloo to Beck , on which Doug
performed, arranged, and co-produced, as one of its Top
Ten Jazz CD’s of 2003.
Doug also did orchestration work on the Oscar winning
documentary When We Were Kings.
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Having worked with a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz and Soul
artists Doug has garnered high praise from both his fellow
artists and the press.
“Doug Munro... well he can flat out play!” —Dr. Lonnie Smith
"Doug Munro is a tremendously talented guitarist and
composer who deserves the ears of a larger audience"
“Doug Munro is one of the finest Guitarist I've heard
perform. His music is great to listen to, very entertaining,
funky, danceable, not to mention his straight ahead groove.
Doug is just GREAT!!!”
"Doug Munro plays in the tradition, but he has his own voice,
combining elements of mainstream jazz guitar, Brazilian
bossa nova and classical music. He has a great sound and
swings with authority. I always enjoy playing with him."
Willing to teach
As an educator Doug created and was Director of the Jazz
Studies Program at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase
College from 1993-2002. He retired from the college in 2019 and is now Professor Emeritus.
Doug continues to teach through his own subscription service at www.dougmunro.com and through www.TrueFire.com.
Here are two clinics/seminars I have done in the US and
Title: Pentatonics : the Bridge between Jazz and Blues
This Seminar would show the history, power and immediate
connection pentatonic scales have with all of popular music
whether it is jazz, blues, funk, Latin or rock