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Doug Munro About the Educator

Master musician and guitarist Doug Munro is an established veteran of the New York music scene. Since 1986 he has released 18 albums as a leader and has appeared on over 75 recordings as a sideman, producer, and arranger working with a diverse array of artists including Dr. John, Michael Brecker, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.  Doug has over 75 original published compositions and over 300 recorded arrangements performed by some of the finest players in the world. He has released recordings in many jazz styles including Soul-Jazz, Organ Trio, Latin and Gypsy Jazz.

Doug's latest release, Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack: The Harry Warren Songbook is a Gypsy Swing infused tribute to Doug's great uncle Harry Warren. The CD features guitarists Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Vinny Raniolo, Ted Gottsegen and Ernesto Pugliese along with violinists Howie Bujese and Andrei Matorin and bassists Matt Dwonszyk and Michael Goetz.

In the recording field, Doug has received two Grammy nominations and two NAIRD awards. Amazon.com picked Boogaloo to Beck, on which Doug performed, arranged, and co-produced, as one of its Top Ten Jazz CDs of 200-Doug also did orchestration work on the Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings. In 2011, A Very Gypsy Christmas was picked as one of the top five holiday releases by the Wall Street Journal.
 
Doug has written 4 books on jazz improvisation for Alfred Music Publications, including Swing to Bebop, which won the Music and Sound Retailers instructional book of the year award in 200-As an educator Doug created and was Director of the Jazz Studies Program at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College from 1993-200-He continues to teach there as Director Emeritus. This esteemed jazz program boasts a faculty that includes John Abercrombie, Todd Coolman, Jon Faddis, Eric Alexander, John Riley and many other top jazz performers.

"Doug Munro is a tremendously talented guitarist and composer who deserves the ears of a larger audience" - Steve Khan

Doug Munro is one of the finest Guitarist I've heard perform. His music is great to listen to, very entertaining, funky, danceable, not to mention his straight ahead groove. Doug is just GREAT!!! - Melvin Sparks   

"Doug Munro plays in the tradition, but he has his own voice, combining elements of mainstream jazz guitar, Brazilian bossa nova and classical music. He has a great sound and swings with authority. I always enjoy playing with him." - John Stowell

"Munro displays a hip musicality where discipline, audacity and an ebullient sense of joie de vivre co-mingle with devilish glee. Great Stuff!" - Chuck Berg, Jazz Times