About DOUG MUNRO : RECORDING ARTIST, COMPOSER, ARRANGER,
PRODUCER, CLINICIAN, EDUCATOR, ADMINISTRATOR
Master musician and guitar virtuoso Doug Munro is an established veteran of the New York music scene. Since 1987 he has released 15 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.
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 CD’s of 2003. 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 2000.
As an educator Doug created and was Director of the Jazz Studies Program at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College from 1993-2002. 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.
Having worked with a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz and Soul artists Doug has garnered high praise from both his fellow artists and the press.
“Doug Munro…well he can flat out play!”
Dr. Lonnie Smith
“Doug Munro is a tremendously talented guitarist and composer who deserves the ears of a larger audience”
“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!!!”
“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.”
” In sum, 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
Vinny Raniolo Bio
Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has taken him to 14 countries on three continents (and still growing), and he has performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.
Often featured on National Public Radio in duo with Frank Vignola, Vinny has become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. Frank and Vinny’s own PBS special, Four Generations of Guitars premieres in the 2014-15 season as part of the forthcoming 13 episode series Music Gone Public.
Vinny also has worked with artists like Leon Redbone, Vince Giordano, Deana Martin and Olli Soikkeli as well as on screen appearances on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
h1>“A TRUE AMERICAN GYPSY! AMBASSADOR AND PIONEER OF THE STYLE IN AMERICA!”While not of Gypsy descent, Teddy Gottsegen (Got-say-ɡen) has been an active journeyman guitarist for 15 years. The New York native got his start in Seattle, WA in 2001 playing locally with a variety of acts performing swing based jazz music, touring and recording Big Band Jazz with the Solomon Douglas Swingtett. He was also asked to join reedman Hamilton Carson for a three-year weekly residency at Seattle’s famed New Orleans Creole Restaurant in a band that included jazz legends Buddy Catlett and Bob Hammer. This is also where he dedicated himself to the sound, style and music of his idol, Django Reinhardt. There he helped create and became house band performer at the father of all Django inspired festivals, Djangofest Northwest. He also toured and played with Andreas Oberg, Philadelphia’s Kruno Spisic, Patrick Saussois and others.
Through happenstance While attending the Festival Django Reinhardt; held annually in Samois-Sur-Seine, France, a travel related delay led to a performance on the festival main stage with German born Sinti gypsy Wawau (Wow-wow) Adler, in addition to another performance the following evening with Andreas Öberg.
2007 brought a return to New York City and led subsequent work with the Baby Soda Jazz Band, Dan Levinson’s Swing Wing, Vince Giordano & His Nighthawks, Bria Skonberg, Gordon Webster, Michael Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra, Dorado, Samson & Tchavolo Schmitt, Aurore Voilque, Lollo Meier, Pierre Blanchard, Ludovic Beier, Andreas Öberg, Joel Frahm, Robin Nolan, Terrell Stafford, Curtis Stigers.
2010 brought him to Paris for an extended stay for an emersion in Gypsy Jazz music in the styles historic center where he performed with Jean-Philippe Watremez, Moreno Winterstein, Aurore Voilqué, Darko Andelkovic and Dick Miller. Upon returning to the US, he continued playing and touring the country and was a founding member of Svetlana and The Delancey Five.
In July, 2011 he fulfilled a dream and traveled to The Sultanate of Omar, via the US State Departmen, as a member of the award winning western swing power trio The Hot Club of Cowtown. There the trio was the first American group to perform at the Khareef Festival in Salalah. Another concert followed in Muskat for US Ambassador Richard Schmierer and the entire international diplomatic presence.
He again returned to France in 2015 where he lived in a caravan in a gypsy camp with Dallas Baumgartner and his family. The Baumgartner family are the direct descendants of Django Reinhardt’s first son Lousson. He and Dallas recorded a soon-to-be-released album. Upon returning to the US in 2016 continued his association with Robin Nolan on a tour throughout the northeast and mid-west. He has performed in 8 countries, 30 US States and three Canadian Provinces and continues to work around the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas and to wherever else the music brings him.
Ernie Pugliese Bio
Ernie has been playing in and around the Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley as a sideman/accompanist for many years. He has played in a number of straight ahead jazz groups and has chosen to focus on the Gypsy Jazz genre for the last decade. He’s performed in clubs, restaurants and concert venues throughout the NE and Mid Atlantic markets Besides the New York based group La Pompe Attack, Ernie plays in Philly gypsy groups, Zazous and Hot Club Canaries. He also works with in a York, PA band called Hot Club DuJour. He has appeared on stage with Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Vinny Rainiolo, Ed Laub, Gonzalo Bergara, Evan Perri and Olli Soikkeli. And recorded and appeared with the outstanding young French Chanteuse and Sarah Vaughn vocalist winner, Cyril Aimee. Ernie has also had his interviews, articles and CD reviews published in a number of Jazz Periodicals.