Douglas Purviance

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Born in Turner Station, Maryland on July 18, 1952,[1] Douglas Purviance began his professional career as a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, playing bass trombone and tuba from 1975 to 1977. He largely works as a studio session bass trombonist, and is not known for improvising. He graduated from Towson State University in 1975 and obtained a masters 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 claiming a chair in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He was also 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, among others. He appears as an incidental player on hundreds of recordings, notably on Grammy-nominated efforts with Joe Henderson, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra,[3] but also in many other groups. On February 8, 2009, he co-won a Grammy as a producer of the CD and also a player in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category for Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard.[4] He most recently served on the Grammy nominated OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) (2014) CD as both a bass trombonist and a producer and also as associate producer and bass trombonist on the critically acclaimed Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra (2014) recording.


  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.