Verbal impressions by Tito Sin Verguenza

John Douglas

Trumpet and Flugel Horn

John Douglas is your Funk specialist, your Acid and Latin Jazz All-Star, and your R&B and Be-Bop professional.  He rips the high notes, sings the low notes, and all of the melodic scales in between without compromising clarity or tonal quality. His playing has been called "hefty", "phat", and "technically accomplished".

His groups have been featured on a variety of TV, news magazine and radio programs, including CBS’s  coverage of the 2000 Ford Jazz Festival, and ‘The Magic Hour’ with Magic Johnson.

While at the University of Michigan, he hooked up three other players that have since gone on to their own levels of greatness...keyboardist Craig Taborn, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and  bassist Trent Mitchell. These four created the Tracy Science Quartet.

In 1991, John formed the John Douglas Quartet, with Julian Van Slyke on drums, T.J. Bond on bass, and Kelvin Sholar on keys.

He has performed  with The Machito Orchestra at Chene Park, Los Munequitos De Matanzas at the Montreaux Detroit Jazz Festival, Verve Pipe at Pontiac's Phoenix Center and Pine Knob, and Francisco Mora, Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), and Carl Craig (Planet-E) at  the 2003 North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.  In March of 2004 he performed at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland with Blues Diva Bettye Lavette.  In June of 2004 he performed at the Import Music Festival and the ParaDisco in Holland with Theo Parrish and the Rotating Assembly (which features some of Detroit's finest musicians, vocalists, and DJ's).

He’s played along-side and studied with jazz legends such as  Marcus Belgrave, Francisco Mora, and P-Funk’s  Larry Frantangelo.  He’s toured extensively with R&B greats like The Chi-lites, The Stylistics, and The Dramatics.   And, if that’s not enough to over-indulge your harmonious senses John Douglas is a bandleader, a composer, and has a dynamic presentation that will light your studio or live audience on fire - before they knew it was coming!



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