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Doug Munro

Born: July 9, 1953    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Doug Munro

Doug is a critically acclaimed New York jazz guitarist. Since 1987 he has released eleven albums as a leader and has appeared on over 50 recordings as a sideman, producer, and arranger working with a diverse array of artists including Dr. John, Michael Brecker, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Doug has over 75 original published compositions and over 300 recorded arrangements by the finest players on the scene today. His current CD Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0 has garnered rave reviews from critics, fans, and musicians. Doug continues to actively perform with close to 100 live dates per year.

In the recording field Doug has received two Grammy nominations and two NAIRD awards. Amazon.com picked Boogaloo to Beck , on which Doug performed, arranged, and co-produced, as one of its Top Ten Jazz CD’s of 2003. Doug also did orchestration work on the Oscar winning documentary When We Were Kings....
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Awards:

two Grammy nominations and two NAIRD awards for work with the Skatilites Amazon.com picked Boogaloo to Beck , on which Doug performed, arranged, and co-produced, as one of its Top Ten Jazz CD’s of 2003. Doug also did orchestration work on the Oscar winning documentary When We Were Kings.
Having worked with a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz and Soul artists Doug has garnered high praise from both his fellow artists and the press.

“Doug Munro... well he can flat out play!” --Dr. Lonnie Smith

”Doug Munro is a tremendously talented guitarist and composer who deserves the ears of a larger audience” --Steve Khan

“Doug Munro is one of the finest Guitarist I've heard perform. His music is great to listen to, very entertaining, funky, danceable, not to mention his straight ahead groove. Doug is just GREAT!!!” --Melvin Sparks

”Doug Munro plays in the tradition, but he has his own voice, combining elements of mainstream jazz guitar, Brazilian bossa nova and classical music. He has a great sound and swings with authority. I always enjoy playing with him.” --John Stowell

”In sum, Munro displays a hip musicality where discipline, audacity and an ebullient sense of joie de vivre co-mingle with devilish glee. Great Stuff!” --Chuck Berg, Jazz Times

As Leader When Dolphins Fly (Optimism Records) Autumn In Blue (CMG Records) The Blue Lady (CMG Records) Shootin’ Pool At Leo’s (CMG Records) Blueness (CMG Records) Guitars (Purchase College Recordings) Up Against It (CMG Records) Big Boss Bossa Nova (CMG Records Boogaloo To Beck (Scufflin' Records) Boogaloo To The Beastie Boys (Scufflin' Records) Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0 (CMG Records) Alone But Not Alone (GotMusic Records) As Arranger and/or Orchestrator, Producer, Performer We Remember Pastorius (EMI Records) The Soul Of R&B Vol.1 Billy Vera and Nona Hendryx (Shanachie Records) The Soul Of R&B Vol.2 Chuck Jackson and Cissy Houston (Shanachie Records) The Soul Of R&B Vol.3 Darlene Love and Lani Groves (Shanachie Records) People Get Ready : A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield (Shanachie Records) The Soul Of R&B Revue : Live at the Lonestar Roadhouse (Shanachie Records) Back to the Streets : Celebrating the Music of Don Covay (Shanachie Records) Bluesiana Hot Sauce (Shanachie Records) Hi-Bop Ska The Skatilites ( Shanachie Records) Bluesiana Hurricane (Shanachie Records) Greetings From Skamania : The Skatilites (Shanachie Records) When We Were Kings : Sound Track Recording (Polygram Records) Skandalous Alstars : Hit Me (Shanachie Records) Skallelujah- various artists (Big Music) Love Fun and Grief- Various Artists (Big Music) SQT Pink Floyd- Angry String Orchestra ( Vitamin Records) SQT Neil Young- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT To Weezer- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Marilyn Manson- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT The Dixie Chicks- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Jimi Hendrix- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT John Mellencamp- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Enya- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Celine Dion- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Metallica- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT REM- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT U2- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Celine Dion- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Guns and Roses- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT The Beach Boys- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT The Darkness- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT The Roots- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Puddle Of Mudd- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Dr. Dre- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Duran Duran- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT To Fall Out Boy- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Kirk Franklin- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Papa Roach- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Marilyn Manson- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Queens Of The Stoneage- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Trapt- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Shinedown- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT Dashboard Confessional- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT To H.I.M.- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT To Coldplay- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT 1275 Strung Out Vol. 4- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT To Finger Eleven- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT To Broadway- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) SQT To Star Wars- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records) Video The Soul Of R&B Revue : Live at the Lonestar Roadhouse (Shanachie Records) executive producer and musical director Jazz/Blues Improvisation (Homespun Tapes) featured artist, instructional video The Art Of The Electric Bass : David C. Gross (Homespun Tapes) Performer and Technical Advisor Books Pro Method, Jazz Guitar : Swing to Bebop (Warner Brothers Publishing) Pro Method, Jazz Guitar : Bebop and Beyond (Warner Brothers Publishing) Pro Method, Jazz Guitar : Organ Trio Blues (Alfred Music Publishing) Just Classic Jazz Guitar Vol. I Ultimate Play-A-Long (Warner Brothers Publishing) Just Classic Jazz Guitar Vol. II Ultimate Play-A-Long (Warner Brothers Publishing) Just Classic Jazz Guitar Vol. III Ultimate Play-A-Long (Warner Brothers Publishing) The Complete Latin Guitarist (Alfred Music)

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar

Location:
Brewster, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
As an educator Doug created and was Director of the Jazz Studies Program at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College from 1993-2002. He continues to teach there as Director Emeritus. This esteemed jazz program boasts a faculty that includes John Abercrombie, Todd Coolman, Jon Faddis, Eric Alexander, John Riley and many other top jazz performers.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Here are two clinics/seminars I have done in the US and Europe. Title: Pentatonics : the Bridge between Jazz and Blues This Seminar would show the history, power and immediate connection pentatonic scales have with all of popular music whether it is jazz, blues, funk, Latin or rock. It would be taught directly from the book Organ Trio Blues that I originally wrote for Warner Brothers Publishing, which is now part of the Alfred Music Catalogue. Topics Covered: 1. Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales A. Minor Pentatonic scale in all 5 positions B. Minor Pentatonic Scale Tone Chords C. Arpeggios in the Minor Pentatonic scale D. Blues Scale 2. Major Pentatonic Scale A. Major Pentatonic scale in all 5 positions B. Major Pentatonic Scale Tone Chords C. Arpeggios in the Major Pentatonic scale 3. Combining Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales A. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales over a major blues progression B. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales over a minor blues progression C. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales and the Blues scale over individual Chords D. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales and the Blues scale over a major blues progression E. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales and the Blues scale over a minor blues progression F. Major and Minor Pentatonic arpeggios and the Blues scale over a major blues progression G. Major and Minor Pentatonic arpeggios and the Blues scale over a minor blues Progression 4. Dominant 7 Pentatonic Scale A. Dominant 7 Pentatonic scale in all 5 positions B. Dominant 7 Pentatonic Scale Tone Chords C. Arpeggios in the Dominant 7 Pentatonic scale 5. Minor Pentatonic Scale Superimposition A. Minor Pentatonic scales that work over major chords B. Minor Pentatonic scales that work over minor chords C. Minor Pentatonic scales that work over dominant 7 chords D. Playing superimposed Pentatonic scales over chord changes 6. Sequential Groups taken from Pentatonic scales A. 1-2-3-5 sequential group B. 1-2-4-5 sequential group C. 1-b3-4-5 sequential group D. 1-b3-4-b6 sequential group 7. Library of Major and Minor 12 bar Blues Progressions : THE TOTAL LATIN GUITARIST This seminar is built around anew book I have just completed for Workshop Arts/Alfred Music called “The Total Latin Guitarist”. The book looks at 23 different Latin styles for guitar from 6 different countries. The book, to say the least, was a daunting task. I am anxious to share what I learned, during the research and writing of the book, with other guitarists. The book should be out in the first quarter of 2010 so it will be available for the students who might take the seminar. The seminar itself would be a hands-on walk through of the book’s content with the added advantage of having the author of the book (me) as the facilitator of the seminar. Here is what would be covered in the seminar. CLAVE Son Clave Rumba Clave Bossa Clave Brazilian Clave MONTUNO/GUAJEO AFRO-CUBAN Salsa Rumba Guaguanco Cha-cha Mambo Songo Mozambique BRAZIL Choro Samba Batucada Partido Alto Bossa Nova Baiao Frevo DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Merengue TRINIDAD Calypso Soca Bachata ARGENTINA Tango MEXICO Ranchera Mariachi Norteno/Conjunto Tejano

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