Dave Douglas (trumpeter)

David Deuel "Dave" Douglas ( born March 24, 1963 in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American jazz trumpeter and composer.

Douglas grew up in New Jersey and studied piano as a child, trombone and trumpet. He studied music in Barcelona and Boston, then at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. In 1984 he moved to New York where he studied at New York University. In 1987 he made ​​his first European tour with Horace Silver.

Since 1993, Douglas has recorded more than 20 albums of his own. He has worked with many musicians, including in particular with John Zorn Masada in the project as well as with Horace Silver, Jack McDuff, the SFJAZZ Collective and accordionist Guy Klucevsek. In his compositions he processed material by musicians such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Roland Kirk and Kurt Weill, but also elements of Eastern European folklore. He has recorded several albums, which he sees as a tribute to Booker Little, Mary Lou Williams ( Soul on Soul ) or others. On newer recordings is partly a clear reference to the fusion music of the early 70s, make up about Miles Davis. Dave Douglas includes also electronic instruments in his music. Because of its wide musical spectrum, he expanded more and more, he is one of the innovative jazz trumpeters of the present into the United States.

He has been twice awarded the National Endowment Jazz Fellowships. His album charm of the Night Sky awarded the 1999 Annual Prize of the German Record Critics.

In 2005, Douglas finished the recording contract with RCA Bluebird and co-founded with Mike Friedman his own record label Greenleaf Music.


Dave Dougles is sporadically present on some plants of the Masada project by John Zorn.