Doug Stone

Doug Stone

Instrument: Saxophone, tenor | Location: Baton Rouge

To even play this piece ['Nasty Dance'] is hard enough but Doug took it to places I had not imagined—it was virtuoso playing on the highest plane and I frankly don’t know how he managed it.
—Bob Brookmeyer

Updated: June 26, 2022

Born: August 21, 1981

Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic, and with a number of ensembles from Chicago, Illinois. His time on the road has taken him to virtually every corner of the United States as well as Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada. As a member of groups at Northern Illinois University, Stone had the opportunity to perform with Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Carl Allen. As a member of the Birch Creek Academy Band he has performed with jazz luminaries Dennis Mackrel, Harold Jones, Derrick Gardner, Tanya Darby, Reggie Thomas, and Clay Jenkins. He spent six years working full-time as a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player, teacher, composer, and arranger in the rich musical environment of Chicago.

Mr. Stone can be heard on recordings from the Sam Craine Quartet, the Dave Hoffman Sextet, the NIU Jazz Ensemble and Jazztet, the Jazz Arranging Syndicate, Birch Creek Academy Big Band, the Ed Breazeale Group, the Ji Young Lee Quartet, the Stuart Mindeman Group, the Ian Torres Big Band, the John Burnett Orchestra, Panoramic, Quintopus, the Rick Holland Little Big Band, the Rich Thompson Quartet and Trio, the Westview Project, the John Nyerges Quintet, the Bob DiBaudo ensemble, the Eric Schmitz Sextet, and the Tom Marko ensemble. Stone has four recordings to his credit as a co-bandleader: Doug Stone/Josiah Williams “The Early Riser”, Stone/Ziemba Duo “In the Zone”, Nick Fryer/Doug Stone “Quartet”, and The Stone/Bratt Big Band “SBBB”.

Stone is also a published arranger and composer (Kendor Music). His compositions and arrangements have been performed by professional, university, and high school level jazz ensembles throughout the United States.

In 2009 Mr. Stone moved to Rochester, New York to pursue a double master’s degree in jazz performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music. He has performed in Rochester with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Westview Project, the Gap Mangione Big Band, Quintopus, the John Nyerges Duo and Quartet, Jeff Campbell, Rich Thompson, and other talented local jazz artists. While in western New York, Stone has worked with several noteworthy musicians including George Caldwell, Bobby Militello, Harold Danko, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Dobbins, Mark Ferber, Ike Sturm, Charles Pillow, Allen Vizzutti, and the Mambo Kings.

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Outside in Music January 17, 2020- "Respected saxophonist and educator, Doug Stone, showcases his brilliant technique and harmonic ingenuity in his latest release Motion (OiM2010)."
Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

Baton Rouge

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Any level of player can find value in one of my Stepping stones for the Improviser programs. The beginner to intermediate jazz enthusiast can join a weekly online group Zoom class on Saturdays from 10:00 -12:30 CST. The advanced level player with college or professional experience can join the Jazz Masterminds program which meets the second Saturday of every month. This once a month 90-minute Zoom session dives deep into strategies and concepts to elevate your creativity as a jazz improviser. I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University. I have performed with the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau and many other great bands over the years.

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Links

Nobody Else But Me

From: Motion
By Doug Stone

Minor League

From: Motion
By Doug Stone

Lotus Blossom

From: Motion
By Doug Stone

Jean De Fleur

From: Motion
By Doug Stone

Brigas Nunca Mais

From: Motion
By Doug Stone

Full House

From: Motion
By Doug Stone

Motion

From: Motion
By Doug Stone

Doug Stone Albums