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  Doug Gurwell

Doug Gurwell - Composer/ Pianist, Keyboard Percussionist, Trumpet Player & Bassist

Doug Gurwell is a Los Angeles based musician. He began studying piano and trumpet at an early age. As an adult he studied with such notable jazz pianists as Herb Mickman and Rob Mullins. He also studied privately with studio trumpet players, Ollie Mitchell, and Uan Rasey. He is also an accomplished bass player and arranger.

Doug served as a staff writer, bassist, and keyboardist for Rainbow Records in Hollywood for many years, and has recorded in many studios, including movie soundtrack with Elmer Berstein, as well as for various pop & rock groups, with producer Dito Godwin, including Great White and singer Jack Russell.

Doug’s music has been recorded by jazz saxophonists Bruce Eskovitz and Garner Thomas. He has appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and for Comcast cable channel G-4 program, Attack of the Show. In 2008, he released his first solo CD, entitled, The Cookie Jar, for which he wrote and arranged all the music and lyrics. His second solo CD, Make Me Smile, was released in Japan in April of 2010, where he performed for enthusiastic audiences. His music and performances were shown on cable TV, and heard on FM radio in Tokyo, Japan.

In the last few years, he has focused his efforts towards the dance community, composing more than 70 songs for ballet and contemporary dance music. These compositions have been recorded by Yoshi Gurwell on the last three volumes of her well-regarded CD series, Music for Ballet Lovers. He has also been a guest player on several of these CDs.

He is currently on the staff of The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, CA, doing modern percussion and piano for modern and ballet. Doug did the 2013 Joffrey West Summer program, under the direction of Alice Alyce at Cal State University Northridge. He played keyboard percussion and piano for modern dance classes with John Pennington, Mecca Andrews, and Asha Di Nigrat, Afro Caribbean classes with Joi Lynn, and contemporary ballet classes with Arturo Fernandez and Shelly Cash. He has also done modern classes at UC Irvine and UCLA.

Most recently, he composed, performed, and produced the CD, Dance in the Clouds, which is written for jazz, modern contemporary, hip-hop, and tap routines for dance classes. There has been great response to his style of dance music, and is carried at several prominent dance music sites.

Currently, a new dance routine album, Inner Rhythms, is being recorded, which will explore more varying styles, meters and percussive effects. Doug also has just finished composing all the music for Music for Ballet Lovers,
Volume 8.

Read about Yoshi Gurwell, ballet pianist.

CD Titles by Yoshi Gurwell

Order #
Music for Ballet Lovers Vol. 2 CD Doug Gurwell Yoshi Gurwell CD
Music for Ballet Lovers Vol. 4 CD Doug Gurwell Yoshi Gurwell CD