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Need some sunshine? Try trombonist Doug Beavers "Sol"

A man is standing on a bridge. He is holding out a trombone.
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courtesy of the artist
Doug Beavers chases the clouds away.

After a pandemic pause, trombonist/composer/arranger and producer Doug Beavers' 2020 album Sol is finally seeing the light of day.

Shortly after completing his master’s degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music in 2002, Doug Beavers was discovered by NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri. He won his first Grammy with Palmieri for Listen Here in 2006, an album which featured jazz leaders Michael Brecker, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride and John Scofield.

Beavers has gone on to perform, arrange and record for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Rubén Blades, Típica ’73, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paul Simon, Christian McBride and countless others.

As a leader, Beavers has recorded five critically acclaimed albums; his 2017 Art of the Arrangement earned a nomination for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

Beavers currently leads a multi-faceted and active career recording, composing, educating and producing and engineering for top New York area and world artists.

In July 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Beavers launched his own hybrid record label and production house, Circle 9, empowering artists with a top-to-bottom solution to create and distribute their projects in today’s environment.

In October 2020, Beavers produced Sol, a project comprised of entirely original compositions celebrating the confluence of Afro-Caribbean, R&B and jazz styles, his first such project for the new entity.

Sol features the cream of the crop of Latin musicians, plus the Spanish Harlem Orchestra's vocal masters Carlos Cascante, Jeremy Bosch and Marco Bermudez. Vibraphonist Joe Locke is a special guest.

Doug Beavers “Sunrise – The Making of Sol” Featurette

Warm up with "Pasos" from Doug Beavers' Sol on Jazz Caliente this week!

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.
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