Doug Switzer Biography
Doug Switzer has been playing jazz guitar since the mid 70's in various settings from duos to big bands. He has performed at locations throughout the country including the "Bop Shop" in Chicago and the "Village Gate" in New York. He has studied privately with guitarists Dale Bruning, Gene Bertoncini and Tal Farlow, and with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. He has also attended master classes conducted by guitarists Joe Pass, Herb Ellis and Chuck Wayne. Doug is a three-time recipient of a special citation for outstanding musicianship on a guitar solo from the International Association of Jazz Educators.
While primarily a jazz guitarist, Doug's style ranges from mellow standards and bossa novas to burning, up-tempo bebop and contemporary jazz. He performs on both electric archtop guitar and acoustic nylon string "classical" guitar in a variety of settings from duos with guitar or bass to larger ensembles. Doug has performed with the Peneplain Jazz Project, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Colorado Jazz Workshop.
Dazzle Jazz - Denver
The Mercury Cafe - Denver
The Common Ground - Denver
The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs
Keystone Convention Center - Keystone Ski Resort
UNC/Greely Jazz Festival
The Bop Shop - Chicago
The Village Gate - New York
Recent recordings include "Bop, Blues and Bossa" a duo recording with guitarist Howard Slavin. As the title suggests, the CD includes a variety of songs in the popular styles heard in jazz music.
Renowned guitarist Dale Bruning writes about "Bop, Blues and Bossa":
Howard and Doug's treatment of these wonderful jazz standards is their own, but the significant influence of performers who've preceded them is nicely evident throughout. (Example: Night in Tunisia included the bass intro, the familiar interlude, and the stark 4-bar break - nicely done). Howard and Doug have different styles that commendably compliment one another.
It's difficult to sustain musical interest over an entire CD with just two guitars, but these two men acquit themselves admirably. The results are most appealing.
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