Doug Raney

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Doug Raney
Born(1956-08-29)August 29, 1956
New York City, U.S.
DiedMay 1, 2016(2016-05-01) (aged 59)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Years active1977–2016

Doug Raney (August 29, 1956 – May 1, 2016) was an American jazz guitarist. He was the son of jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney.


Raney was born in New York City. He began to play the guitar when he was 14, beginning with rock and blues. He was given lessons by guitarist Barry Galbraith and became more interested in jazz. When he was 18, he played at a club in New York with pianist Al Haig. In 1977, he accompanied his father, jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney, in a duo. They toured Europe, and then Doug Raney moved to Copenhagen, Denmark. When he was 21, he recorded his first album as a leader, Introducing Doug Raney, for SteepleChase in 1977. Beginning in 1979, he recorded several albums with his father.[1][2][3]

During his career, he worked with Chet Baker, George Cables, Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny Drew, Tal Farlow, Tomas Franck, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Billy Hart, Hank Jones, Clifford Jordan, Duke Jordan, Jesper Lundgaard, Red Mitchell, Adam Nussbaum, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Horace Parlan, Bernt Rosengren, and Jesper Thilo.[1][2] Raney died of heart failure at the age of 59 on May 1, 2016.[4]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Chet Baker

With others

  • Martin Jacobsen "At The Jazz House" (SteepleChase 31802, 2015)
  • Martin Jacobsen "Current State" (SteepleChase 31548,2003)
  • John McNeil, I've Got the World On a String (SteepleChase, 1983)
  • Red Mitchell, Soft and Warm and Swinging! (Phontastic, 1982)
  • Horace Parlan, Hi-Fly (SteepleChase, 1978)
  • Jimmy Raney, Raney '81 (Criss Cross, 1981)
  • Hugo Rasmussen, Sweets to the Sweet (RCA Victor, 1978)
  • Hugo Rasmussen, More Sweets... (Music Mecca, 2000)
  • Bernt Rosengren, Bernt Rosengren Big Band (Caprice, 1980)
  • Bernt Rosengren, Surprise Party (SteepleChase, 1983)
  • Louis Smith, Once in a While (SteepleChase, 1999)
  • Thorgeir Stubo, The End of a Tune (Cadence, 1988)
  • Jan Erik Vold, Obstfelder Live Pa Rebekka West (Hot Club, 1994)


  1. ^ a b Buchmann-Moller, Frank (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Vol. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 357. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The great jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 158. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  3. ^ Raney, Jon. "Doug Raney: The Raney Legacy". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Jazz news: Jon Raney on Doug Raney". All About Jazz News. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2020.

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