Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Dezron Douglas is a composer, bandleader, sideman, and educator, who has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music.
Encouraged by his mentor—the late saxophonist, composer, and educator Jackie McLean—Douglas studied at the Jackie McLean Institute of African American Music at the Hartt School of Music. While still in school, he routinely performed with Rene McLean, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Alan Jay Palmer, Abraham Burton, Eric McPherson, Nita Zarif, and Montenia Shider. He also co-founded The New Jazz Workshop of Hartford, a group of like-minded young musicians dedicated to preserving the heart of jazz. The group has performed collectively across the tri-state area and selectively with notable jazz musicians across the world. Their debut album Underground was released in July of 2012.
Douglas’s first recording Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin (2005), produced by Branford Marsalis, was followed by four albums as a leader. He has performed and recorded with Michael Carvin, Pharoah Sanders, Cyrus Chestnut, Louis Hayes, George Cables, Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson, Rene McLean, Al Foster, Ravi Coltrane, Billy Drummond, Steve Davis, Victor Lewis, Winard Harper, Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash, Kevin Mahogany, Carla Cook, Kenny Garrett, Steve Coleman, Willie Jones III, Duane Eubanks, Eric Reed, Tomasz Stanko, Vincent Herring, Papo Vazquez, and The Marsalis Family. He is currently a member of Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates, and the Cyrus Chestnut Trio.