Douglas Purviance

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Douglas Purviance (born July 18, 1952 in Turner Station, Maryland) 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.


As sideman[edit]

With Dizzy Gillespie

  • Things to Come (MCG, 2002)
  • Dizzy's Business (MCG, 2006)
  • I'm BeBoppin' Too (Half Note, 2008)

With Slide Hampton

  • World of Trombones (West 54, 1979)
  • Dedicated to Diz (Telarc, 1993)
  • Slide Plays Jobim (Alleycat, 2002)
  • Spirit of the Horn (MCG, 2002)

With Stan Kenton

With Mel Lewis

  • Live in Montreux (MPS, 1981)
  • 20 Years at the Village Vanguard (Atlantic, 1986)
  • Soft Lights and Hot Music (Musicmasters, 1988)
  • The Definitive Thad Jones (Musicmasters, 1989)
  • To You: A Tribute to Mel Lewis (Musicmasters, 1991)

With Steve Turre

  • Sanctified Shells (Antilles, 1993)
  • Rhythm Within (Antilles, 1995)
  • Steve Turre (Verve, 1997)
  • One4J (Telarc, 2003)

With Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

  • Lickety Split (New World, 1997)
  • Thad Jones Legacy (New World, 1999)
  • Can I Persuade You? (Planet Arts, 2001)
  • The Way (Planet Arts, 2004)
  • Up from the Skies (Planet Arts, 2006)
  • Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard (Planet Arts, 2008)
  • Forever Lasting (Planet Arts, 2011)
  • Overtime Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet Arts, 2014)

With Gerald Wilson

With others


  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. Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2013.