Doug Talley has performed with such jazz luminaries as Jay McShann, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Karrin Allyson Claude Fiddler Williams, Bobby Watson, Byron Stripling, Ignacio Berroa, Randy Brecker, Scott Robinson Gary Foster and Mike Vax. He is a familiar face throughout the Midwest as a jazz performer and educator.
Formed in 1995, past performances of the Doug Talley Quartet include the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival, Deep Deuce Jazz Festival, Jazz in June (OK), Dallas Museum of Art, Joslyn Art Museum (NE), Elkhart (IN) Jazz Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts Series (MI), Jazz in the Woods (KS), and the St. Joseph (MO) and Topeka (KS) Jazz Workshops. Talley has also appeared at the 18th & Vine Festival, the Kansas City Jazz and Blues Festival, the Kansas City Spirit Festival, the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival, Mayport (FL) Jazz Festival, and in Las Vegas with The Four Freshman, The Platters and The Diamonds.
Talley is a Selmer saxophone artist and clinician and has worked with numerous college and high school music programs, including the University of Minnesota, University of Kansas, Coe College, Kalamazoo College, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of South Dakota, Central Missouri State and Emporia State, among many others. Talley was a faculty member of the Great Plains Jazz Camp for twelve years, and was featured at the 1996 MENC convention in Kansas City directing the Shawnee Mission (Kansas) Honors Jazz Band. He served as a clinician at the 1997 International Association for Jazz Education conference and a faculty member of the IAJE Teacher Training Institute in 2003 and 2006.