Born: August 9 Primary Instrument: Piano
D C DowDell is a dynamic Jazz pianist/composer available for private Jazz piano lessons, workshops and clinics, recording and live performance with his Jazz ensemble or as a solo artist. D C has appeared with Bobby Vinton, Marilyn McCoo and Rosemary Clooney just to name a few. Influenced by Jazz greats such as Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Baron and Herbie Hancock, D C's style and piano technique blends the fine inner voicings of modal with the highly energetic impressions of the avante garde.
D C's passion for Jazz has also led to composing and arranging charts for top vocalists, solo instrumental artists and orchestra with influences from Gil Evans, Bob Florence and George Russell....
San Diego, CA
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D C DowDell is a professional Jazz pianist/composer who currently teaches Jazz studies at A Passion for Jazz! Music Studios. He has been teaching music for over 40 years at the university level, several community colleges as well as accepting students for private study.
As author, D C has published numerous articles as well as the primary reference text Basic Musicianship a focus for pianists, vocalists and composers.
D C DowDell also maintains an active performance schedule, having appeared with Rosemary Clooney, Marilyn McCoo, Bobby Vinton to name just a few. Generally, he stays in the Southern California area with Jazz ensemble or as a solo artist.
American Federation of Musicians
National Music Teachers Association
International Association of Jazz Education
Bachelors of Music Education from UCLA
Masters of Music Composition from UNT
In depth study for Jazz theory and harmony as applied to the piano: piano chord voicing, altered chords and substitutions, improvisation and soloing, accompaniment and comping, lead sheets and fake book study, scale and mode use, blues progressions and rhythm development.
• Allora Vienna Eb sopranino saxophone w/ Selmer Paris S-80 (F) MP
• Buffet Tosca Bb soprano clarinet w/ Pyne Bel Canto (M) MP
• Gemeinhardt 33SSB C soprano open-holed solid silver flute w/ K1 headjoint
• Yamaha C-6 6'11" acoustic concert grand piano
• Yamaha P-90 88 key digital pro stage piano
• Martin Sigma FDM-1 6 string acoustic guitar
• Roland XV-5050 rack mount synth module
• DSP 256XL rack mount multi-effects processor
• Roland 550 stereo keyboard amps (x2)
• Pro Tools 10 HD DAW w/JACK for Linux
• Various mics & other recording gear & software.