Douglas Purviance

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Douglas Purviance (born Turner Station, Maryland, on July 18, 1952) is a jazz trombonist.[1] He began his professional career as a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, playing bass trombone and tuba from 1975 to 1977. Mostly, he works as a studio session bass trombonist and is not known for improvising.

He graduated from Towson State University in 1975 and obtained a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1992. He settled in New York City in 1977, playing a variety of commercial and jazz trombone jobs and eventually winning a chair in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. He was a charter member of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and has toured extensively with Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Dizzy Gillespie,[2] and the Mingus Big Band. He has appeared as an incidental player on hundreds of recordings, notably on Grammy-nominated albums by Joe Henderson and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.[3]

On February 8, 2009, he won a Grammy Award as co-producer in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category for Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard.[4] He worked as co-producer and trombonist on the Grammy-nominated album OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer by the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and in the same roles for the album Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra.


With Dee Dee Bridgewater

With Michel Camilo

With Slide Hampton

With Tom Harrell

With Joe Henderson

With Christian McBride

With Gerald Wilson

With Various Artists


  1. ^ Behind the Music: Turner Station's Douglas Purviance is a Part of History, Makes History | Dundalk, MD Patch Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  2. ^ Kanzler, George (October 4, 2009). "Dizzy Gillespie: I'm Beboppin Too & The Cool World". All About Jazz. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Hunter, J (August 6, 2008). "Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard". All About Jazz. Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ Levine, Dena (February 19, 2009). "Douglas Purviance, Music Program Faculty, Wins Grammy Award". Seton Hall University. Retrieved January 22, 2013.