Douglas Ewart

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Douglas Ewart
Birth nameDouglas R. Ewart
Born1946 (age 72–73)
Kingston, Jamaica
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, instrument builder

Douglas R. Ewart (born 1946 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder. He plays sopranino and alto saxophones, clarinets, bassoon, flute, bamboo flutes (shakuhachi, ney, and panpipes), and didgeridoo; as well as Rastafarian hand drums (nyabingi, repeater, and bass).

Ewart emigrated to the United States in June 1963 (coming to Chicago) and became associated with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1967, studying with Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell.[1] He served as that organization's president from 1979 to 1986.

He has performed or recorded with J. D. Parran, Muhal Richard Abrams, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Curran, Anthony Davis, Robert Dick, Von Freeman, Joseph Jarman, Amina Claudine Myers, Roscoe Mitchell, James Newton, Rufus Reid, Wadada Leo Smith, Cecil Taylor, Richard Teitelbaum, Henry Threadgill, Hamid Drake, Don Byron, Malachi Favors Maghostut, and George Lewis.

In 1992 Ewart collaborated with Canadian artist Stan Douglas on the video installation Hors-champs which was featured at documenta 9 in Kassel, Germany. The installation features Ewart in an improvisation of Albert Ayler's "Spirits Rejoice" with musicians George Lewis, Kent Carter and Oliver Johnson.[2]

He has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1990. His father, Tom, was a cricket umpire.[3]


As leader[edit]

  • Inventions Clarinet Choir: Angles of Entrance (Aarawak, 1996)

As sideman[edit]

With Muhal Richard Abrams

With Anthony Braxton

With Chico Freeman

With Dennis González

With George Lewis

With Henry Threadgill


  1. ^ Litweiler, John (1984). The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958. Da Capo. pp. 191–2. ISBN 0-306-80377-1.
  2. ^ Gale, Peggy (1996). "Stan Douglas: Evening and others." VIDEO Re/VIEW: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists' Video. Eds. Peggy Gale and Lisa Steele. Toronto: Art Metropole. p. 363. ISBN 0-920956-37-8
  3. ^ Lewis, George E. (15 September 2008). "A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 6 June 2019 – via Google Books.

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