Doc Powell

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Doc Powell is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He was born and raised in Spring Valley, New York. He attended college at University of Charleston.[1]


He has worked with Wilson Pickett, who chose him to be his musical director. He has also worked in the same capacity for Luther Vandross for over a decade. He has also worked with high-profile musicians including Stevie Wonder, Bob James, Grover Washington, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Teddy Pendergrass.

Powell's debut album, Love Is Where It's At (1987), received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Instrumental for his cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". His credits include work on the music for the feature films The Five Heartbeats and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label


Con. Jazz

1987 Love Is Where It's At Mercury
1992 The Doctor Vacuum Tube Log
1996 Laid Back 89 18 16 Discovery
1996 Inner City Blues Discovery
1997 Don't Let the Smooth Jazz Fool Ya 14 9 Discovery
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Biography at official website
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. Doc Powell at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Doc Powell: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Doc Powell: Jazz Albums". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Doc Powell: Contemporary Jazz Albums". Billboard.

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