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Dezron Douglas Quintet – 8PM
May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm$25
Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM EDT
New York based Composer, bandleader, sideman, educator, and 2019 Downbeat Magazine “Rising Star” bassist Dezron Douglas has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music. Known for his musical versatility, Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today.
Composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected for his talent, virtuosity and dedication to the authenticity of the music. Nephew of the legendary drummer and composer, Walter Bolden (Nancy Wilson), and mentored by the late saxophonist, composer, and educator Jackie Mclean, Dezron attended the Jackie McLean Institute of African American Music at the Hartt School of Music. Studying at Hartt offered him the opportunity to learn from and work with such notable jazz musicians such as Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, and of course the great Jackie McLean.
Dezron has performed and recorded with Michael Carvin, Pharaoh Sanders, Cyrus Chestnut, Louis Hayes, George Cables, David Murray, Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson, Rene McLean, Al Foster, Ravi Coltrane, Billy Drummond, Makaya McCraven, Steve Davis, Victor Lewis, Winard Harper, Mulgrew Miller, Brandee Younger, Lewis Nash, Kevin Mahogany, Carla Cook, Kenny Garrett, Enrico Rava, Joe Lovano, Steve Coleman, Willie Jones III, Ruben Blades, Eric Reed, Tomasz Stanko, Vincent Herring, Papo Vazquez and The Marsalis Family.
His talent for music is not limited to the stage, or the recording studio. Acknowledging the importance of technique, as a teacher, he encourages his students to embody the music, “understanding the emotion behind the music and being able to replicate that in the song”.
Dezron has taught at The Artist collective in Hartford, is currently on the faculty for NJPAC Jazz Department. He also gives workshops at various institutions in North America and abroad.
Dezron’s debut recording in 2005, “Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin”, produced by Branford Marsalis, featured Master drummer Michael Carvin, an experience that opened a flood gate of other recording and performing opportunities. Currently a member of Louis Hayes’ “Jazz Communicators”, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Enrico Rava/Joe Lovano Quintet, David Murray New Octet, as well Dezron was also a long-standing member of The Cyrus Chestnut Trio, among many other international ensembles.
His January 11, 2019 release, “Black Lion” a six-track EP is presented by a collection of like-minded – both musically and spiritually – friends and associates, who work to display the visions and perspectives of the acclaimed bassist. Featuring Stacy Dillard and Lummie Spann on saxophones, Josh Evans on trumpet, David Bryant and Willerm Delisfort on piano and organ and Jeremy “BEAN” Clemons on drums, “Black Lion” was created to give Dezron the opportunity to lead a band with a personal story — Dezron’s vision — no frills attached. BLACK LION released their latest single “Solomon Grundy” featuring the new unit of Surya Botofasina on Organ and Synths, Willerm Delisfort on Piano and Rhodes, Aaron Burnett on Tenor Saxophone, and special guests Chelsea Baratz and Dexter Pettiway on Tenor Sax and Drums respectively.