“Douglas Detrick is one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Oregon jazz lately.” - Brett Campbell, Willamette Week, 8.27.09
Douglas Detrick, 25, is a composer and trumpet player based in Eugene, Oregon. Equally at home as a performer and a composer, he is a versatile and eclectic musician. Detrick has released two recordings in 2009. “Walking Across” is a collection of original compositions performed by his chamber jazz group Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble that feature improvisation and composition woven together into an engaging new music that lies somewhere between chamber music and jazz. The AnyWhen Ensemble, in addition to its debut recording on 8Bells Records, completed a successful, self-produced west coast tour, including a performance in Seattle featuring composer-pianist Wayne Horvitz, who played with the group on one of his own compositions and one by Detrick. Detrick also released “The Turning Point” with his jazz quintet the Douglas Detrick Quintet. This album expands on and honors the jazz tradition with an emphasis on the possibilities of integrating composition with improvisation.
Detrick has been commissioned by Beta Collide, a leading new music ensemble led by trumpeter Brian McWhorter, of the Meridian Arts Ensemble and Grammy winning flutist Molly Barth, formerly of Eighth Blackbird, commissioned and gave the world premiere of Detrick’s composition “Ecology” for flute, trumpet, piano and double bass at the University of Oregon’s Music Today Festival in February of 2009. Detrick received an honorable mention in the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards in 2009 for his composition “Cape Creek”, written for and performed by Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble. Detrick was a winner of a 2007 Downbeat Student Music Award for his arrangement of Duke Ellington's Single Petal of A Rose. This piece was recorded by the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble and received its public premiere with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony of Wenatchee, WA. Douglas was the winner of the Meridian Arts Ensemble's first Composition Contest in 2007. The Meridian Arts Ensemble premiered Douglas' brass quintet, As the Crow Flies in a recital at the Manhattan School of Music in September of 2007 and performed the piece in Bulgaria and Mexico.