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Ian McDougall
Ian McDougall was born in Calgary, Canada, on June 14, 1938, and grew up in Victoria, leaving there in 1960 to tour in Great Britain with the John Dankworth Band. He returned to Canada in 1962 and began a lengthy career as a freelance player, composer and arranger in Vancouver and in Toronto where, until 1991, he was also the lead and solo trombonist with Rob McConnell's award winning Boss Brass.

Two suites composed by Ian have been recorded by that group - The Pellet Suite (The Boss Brass Again, UMB GEN1-12), and The Blue Serge Suit(e) (Brassy and Sassy, Concord Jazz, CCD 4508). Ian also was lead trombone and a frequent composer/arranger for The Brass Connection, who won the Juno award for best Jazz album in 1982. Since the early 1980's McDougall has become even more involved in compostion, and his works have been performed by the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, the Lafayette String Quartet, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Ian now resides in Victoria, where he teaches trombone and jazz studies at the University of Victoria. The past few years have included tours in Canada and abroad, both as a soloist and with The Ian McDougall Quartet, to Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Denmark, Hawaii, Alaska, Salt Lake City, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, and England, where Ian was music director for two BBC Big Band broadcasts.

The Ian McDougall Quartet, formed in 1994, made its first international appearance in Cork, Ireland, at the Guiness Jazz Festival. The following year, the quartet recorded its first CD, The Warmth of the Horn, for Concord Jazz Records (CCD-4652), and the disc received high praise from critics across North America, and in Europe. A 2 CD set featuring trombone and piano duos entitled Songs and Arias was released in January of 1998 - this unique project features one CD of favourite tenor opera arias coupled with a jazz CD of many popular Broadway songs - as interpreted by Ian on the trombone with piano accompaniment. April of 1999 saw the release of Dry with a Twist (CDM02), by the newly formed Ian McDougall Sextet.

Ian's latest CD also features the Ian McDougall Sextet. Burnin' The House Down (CDMO3), recorded live at Hermann's Jazz Club in Victoria, BC Canada, was released in August of 2001. Please visit the CD Sales page for more information.

In the summer of 1998, Ian received a Canada Council Grant to compose a new work for Britain's BBC Big Band; the new composition, entitled "No Passport Required" featured himself and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and was recorded in a live concert at Sussex University in Brighton on November 22.

Over the years, Ian has been invited to be a performer and clinician at three International Trombone Association conventions, in Nashville, Rochester, and in Las Vegas.

Ian McDougall is a Yamaha artist/clinician.
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Ian McDougall
Songs and Arias

(2 CD set)
Barbarian Records
Ian teaches trombone and jazz studies at the University of Victoria. His career has taken him through a multitude of musical experiences, including making music with John Dankworth, Ted Heath, Woody Herman, Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, The Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Brass Connection, and the University of Victoria's Brasswest, to name a few.
Ian writes: "The trombone is a vocal instrument. What better way to explore this quality than by playing 'songs'? As a jazz player, I have always been exposed to tunes written by the great melodists of the twentieth century - Rodgers, Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, etc., but as a member of an opera loving family, I have come to appreciate the arias (songs) of the great composers in that idiom as well."
With Robert Holliston and Ron Johnston - piano

Ian McDougall Sextet
Burnin' the House Down

Barbarian Records
Recorded live at Hermann's Jazz Club, Victoria, BC Canada, on May 26 and 27, 2000.
Ian writes: "I've always been partial to 'live' albums–J.J. and Getz at the Opera House, Diz and Bird at Massey Hall, etc. One really gets to hear the performers 'naked'. So, when we did a short series of Canada Council supported concerts in May of 2000, we decided to record them....It was a great weekend for everybody concerned, and I hope that some of the fun we had is equally experienced by you when you listen."
With Ian McDougall - trombone, Ross Taggart - tenor saxophone, Ron Johnston - piano, Oliver Gannon - guitar, André Lachance - bass, Jerry Fuller - drums.

Ian McDougall Quartet
The Warmth of the Horn

Concord Records
"There's something about the West Coast that coddles its musicians, keeps them dry despite torrential downpours, keeps them warm despite the damp, keeps them, period. Like the quartet you are listening to. They are all top flight Canadian musicians, yet they have resisted the siren call 'Go East, young man' that is supposed to be the only way to make it in the music business...The mixture here is a blend of originals – one each from Ian, Ron and Oliver – plus three rarely heard specialties and five standards."
With Ian McDougall - trombone, Ron Johnston - piano, Oliver Gannon - guitar, Torben

Ian McDougall Sextet
Dry With a Twist

Barbarian Records
"As the years have progressed, it seems that I've had a greater desire to pay a little more respect to the past and the music I grew up with, and to the tradition that inspired that music...Here, hopefully, is a recording that reflects some of that tradition – and is a lot more fun...Although this is a studio recording, we've tried to make it as 'live' as possible. Most tunes are one take, or the better of two, and if nobody got hurt too bad, and it felt pretty good, then that was it!"
With Ian McDougall - trombone, Ross Taggart - tenor saxophone, Ron Johnston - piano, Oliver Gannon - guitar, André Lachance - bass, Jerry Fuller - drums.