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.