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Guardian Article: Andrew Marriner selects his most memorable recordings by Sir Neville Marriner
April 15th, 2024

In a feature for The Guardian, my father, clarinettist Andrew Marriner selects several of his favourite recordings by his father, conductor Sir Neville Marriner. 


Including recordings of music composed by Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Mozart and Elgar. 

The article can be read at this link:

Neville Marriner Day on BBC Radio 3
April 15th, 2024

BBC Radio 3 are dedicating an entire day's worth of programming to the memory of Sir Neville Marriner on what would have been his 100th birthday.


Radio 3 will play exclusively his recordings and interviews all day until the first concert of the Marriner 100 festival, broadcast live from the church of St Martin In the Fields, presented by Martin Handley and Douglas Marriner.  


A link to the iPlayer stream can be found here:

Douglas presenting live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 In Concert with Martin Handley
April 15th, 2024

Douglas will be presenting the first concert of the Marriner 100 festival live on BBC Radio 3's In Concert with Martin Handley. The concert features The Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and conductor Jaime Martin.


The repertoire includes works by Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Haydn and Erollynn Wallen. The program can be listened to for 30 days on BBC iPlayer at:

Prohibition live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 
May 3rd, 2024

Douglas returns to Canada to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on May 3rd and 4th 2024 at The Orpheum.


The program includes music inspired by the Prohibition Era and features compositions by Raymond Scott, Jelly Roll Morton and Irving Berlin. 

The online program for the performances can be found HERE

Douglas' profile on the VSO website can be found at:

Marriner 100 Festival Begins 
April 15th, 2024

Today, April 15th 2024, would have been the 100th birthday of Sir Neville Marriner.


To celebrate, The Marriner 100 festival features 4 concerts, a full day-long broadcast on BBC Radio 3 dedicated to Sir Neville and his recordings, and an exhibition at St Martin in The Fields.


The concerts will be at St Martin In The Fields Church, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Lincoln Cathedral.


Douglas Marriner performs a Vince Mendoza commission with Joshua Bell at the RFH performance on April 18th.

Full information can be found at the Marriner 100 website:

Review: Outstanding In The Fields with Jazz Colored Lining - Santa Barbara Indepedent
April 9th, 2024

"That genre-crossing aplomb is clearly evident in Flight of Moving Days, which basks in the spirit of freedom and flight in jazz, but with the structural elegance of a classical sensibility, and echoes of Copland and Ravel in the harmonic palette. On the whole, Flight is an atmospheric piece, steeped in an aura of suspended, probing graces, with protagonist moments for Bell and Marriner the Grand-Younger, the latter of whom dispensed with impressive and subtle improvisatory statements, as the score requests. 

Count this as one classical-jazz melding which worked wonders.

The link to the full review by Jo Woodard can be found HERE

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"Depth and Delivery" - Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in San Francisco - BachTrack Review
April 9th, 2024

What was unique about Joshua Bell and the Academy's concert in San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall was its depth and delivery of life. It was not only lively it was alive. From the first downbeat, we were happily caught in - and by - the present.


 The link to the full review by Lois Silverstein can be found HERE

Scoring the Marriner 100: Montecito Journal Interview
April 2nd, 2024

Douglas is interviewed by the Montecito Journal's Steven Libowitz on the origins of the upcoming collaboration with Vince Mendoza and Joshua Bell on Mendoza's "Flight of Moving Days".


It also features some background on Douglas' relationship with his grandfather Sir Neville Marriner as we approach the Marriner 100 festival celebrating the centenary of his birth. A link to the full article can be found HERE

Preview of Marriner 100 festival on Planet Hugill 
March 28th, 2024

Planet Hugill previews the UK celebrations as part of the Marriner 100 festival, marking the centenary of Sir Neville Marriner, conductor and founder of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra.


The full preview can be found HERE

Hollywood Soapbox previews Academy of St Martin in the Fields tour to USA
March 22nd, 2024

An interview with Jennifer Godson, violinist with the Academy about the upcoming tour with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Full article available HERE

London Jazz News previews Vince Mendoza, Joshua Bell and Douglas Marriner's upcoming collaboration and the Marriner 100 festival
April 8th, 2024

Morgan Enos previews the upcoming concerts to celebrate the Marriner 100 festival, in honour of Sir Neville Marriner's centenary year.


In a joint interview with composer Vince Mendoza, Douglas discusses the humble beginnings of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and his grandfather's influence on his own musical journey.


Mendoza also talks about the Academy's records as an early influence on his own development. The full article can be found HERE

Flight of the Modern Marriners: Santa Barbara Independent previews Vince Mendoza commission.
March 21st, 2024

Joseph Woodard previews the upcoming world premiere of Vince Mendoza's "Flight of Moving Days", commissioned for Joshua Bell and Douglas Marriner as featured soloists with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.


Mendoza is interviewed about the new work's inspiration and origins. The full article can be found HERE

Alexa Tarantino Quartet return to Marian's Jazzroom for weeklong residency - Bern, Switzerland
November 28th, 2023

Douglas returns to Bern, Switzerland, with the Alexa Tarantino Quartet for a repeat of last year's weeklong residency at Marian's Jazzroom.


Joining Alexa will be the recently Grammy award winning Steven Feifke on piano and Danny Ziemann on double bass. 

The Quartet will perform two sets nightly at 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday - Saturday 


More information and tickets available at the link HERE

LondonJazzNews featured review: "Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks transcend "Retro" in jubilant history-stuffed set at Birdland"
July 24th, 2023

Morgan Enos reviews The Nighthawks live at Birdland and features an interview with Douglas on this article for LondonJazzNews. The full article can be found HERE

Douglas makes debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 'Motown & The Philly Sound'  
September 7th, 2023

Douglas performs in the birthplace of Motown with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra next month for 3 performances of "Let's Groove Tonight: Motown & The Philly Sound" conducted by Jeff Tyzik at Detroit's Orchestra Hall. The online program for the concerts is available HERE

Front Row Center reviews Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks live at Birdland
July 11th, 2023

Cameron Hughes reviews The Nighthawks live at Birdland. "Tonight was characteristically exceptional. Needing no warm-up, they were on fire from the opening notes of the first number in the evening’s first set. There’s a reason they can be heard on a plethora of soundtracks for TV and films, including HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Francis Coppola’s The Cotton Club, Woody Allen’s Café Society, and Martin Scorcese’s soon-to-be-released Killers of The Flower Moon."

 Read the full review HERE

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Douglas joins Louis Armstrong House Museum as Teaching Artist 
April 1st, 2023

Douglas has recently been appointed as a Teaching Artist with the Louis Armstrong House Museum. As part of this role, Douglas will be teaching masterclasses in jazz history to public school students in Corona, Queens - the local neighbourhood to Louis Armstrong's own residence in Queens, New York. 


The Louis Armstrong House Museum's website can be found at: 

New York Sun review: "Watch as Vince Giordano Pulls Miracles Out of His Nighthawks - Birdland Review
November 30th, 2022

Author Will Friedwald reviews Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks at their new residency at Birdland.


"The good news was that I got an up-close opportunity to experience the remarkable way that Mr. Giordano directs and shapes the music. He’s like one of the heavyweight symphonic conductors, such as Sir Neville Marriner, whose grandson Douglas happens to be the Nighthawks’ drummer."


Read the full review HERE

LondonJazzNews Review of Malcolm Earle Smith's 'Vocal Intent'
April 18th, 2022

Douglas features on Malcolm Earle Smith's vocal debut recording 'Vocal Intent'. A preview article of the recording is available on this article in LondonJazzNews which is linked HERE

New York Times feature on "Kimbrough" 
July 16th, 2021

The New York Times features an article by Nate Chinen on the recording process of "Kimbrough", and the musical and logistical challenges and rewards of co-ordinating 67 musicians through one studio over 3 days during a pandemic. To read more, please click here:

Douglas appointed to faculty of Fordham University
January 10th, 2023

Douglas has recently been appointed to the faculty at New York's Fordham University. He will be teaching drums and music from their Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. The university's website can be found HERE

The Guardian reviews Malcolm Earle Smith's 'Vocal Intent'
April 22nd, 2022

The Guardian has reviewed 'Vocal Intent' by Malcolm Earle Smith. Other musicians on the recording are Leo Richardson, Chris Eldred and Conor Chaplin. A link to the full review can be found HERE

Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks: Back with new residency at Bond 45 
August 16th, 2021

After an 18 month Covid hiatus, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks will be back with a new residency at Bond 45 every Monday & Tuesday from 8-11pm. Douglas' first performances back with the band will be on September 27th, October 5th/6th and October 11th/12th. Please see EVENTS page for full itinerary

WBGO's The Checkout podcast 
July 23rd, 2021

WBGO's The Checkout features interviews and clips from the record and insight into Frank's musical and educational legacy. To listen to the podcast, please follow this link: 

Newvelle Records releases "Kimbrough" 
July 16th, 2021

Today, "Kimbrough" is released on Newvelle Records in tribute to the dearly missed Frank Kimbrough. Featuring 61 of his own compositions, many of which never recorded before, this recording project brought together 67 of Frank's closest musical colleagues, friends and students.

I appear on four tracks featuring Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Steve Wilson and Patrick Cornelius, amongst others.


To listen to the recording and to find out more about the project, please follow this link:

Remembering Frank Kimbrough
January 4th, 2021

Douglas pays tribute to his teacher, mentor and friend Frank Kimbrough in an article for LondonJazzNews.  To read the article, click HERE

Douglas to host "A Marriner Retrospective" for Friends of The Academy of St Martin In The Fields
August 21st, 2020

Douglas will be presenting an online event for the Friends of The Academy of St Martin In The Fields, entitled  "A Marriner Retrospective". The evening will look back on the history of the orchestra and it's founding by Douglas' grandfather, Sir Neville Marriner. Featuring interviews with current and former members of the orchestra and rare archival footage, more information about the evening can be found on the Academy's website HERE

Douglas to host online fundraising event: "At Home With The Academy" for
The Academy of St Martin In The Fields
March 27th, 2021

Douglas will be hosting an online fundraising event in aid of The Academy of St Martin In The Fields on Saturday March 27th. Proceeds will go towards the ASMF's concert series produced during covid lockdown. For more information, please visit the Academy's website HERE

Douglas Joins BMI Jazz Composers Workshop
August 16th, 2020

Douglas has recently joined the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. Focusing on large ensemble original composition, the workshop is led by composers and arrangers Alan Ferber and Andy Farber. Douglas will be composing music for recording and performance by the New York Jazz Orchestra.

Juilliard Masterclass Series at The Chapin School
January 20th, 2020

As a Juilliard Teaching Artist, Douglas will be teaching a series of masterclasses on the history of Jazz at The Chapin School in Manhattan's Upper East Side throughout the Spring semester of 2020. 

LondonJazzNews and JazzThetik Article
December 20th, 2019

LondonJazzNews (UK) and JazzThetik (Germany) features a piece on Douglas and Misha Mullov-Abbado, as two jazz musicians with family history in classical music. It can be found here on LONDONJAZZNEWS and JAZZTHETIK.

NY Times features Migrations Series in Best of 2019 Classical Music list
December 12th, 2019

Migrations Series has been featured in the New York Times' Best of 2019 list as one of the top 25 Classical recordings of the year. The full list can be found HERE

LondonJazzNews "In Lockdown With" Interview Feature
May 21st, 2020

LondonJazzNews has recently featured an interview with Douglas for their "In Lockdown With" series. He discusses a small selection of music he's been listening to recently and some musical highlights from his ten years of living and working in New York City. To read the interview, click HERE.

Migrations Series nominated for GRAMMY award
November 20th, 2019

Derek Bermel’s Migrations Series has been nominated for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in the 2020 GRAMMY awards. Douglas performed as a featured soloist with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Albany Symphony Orchestra, with the piece originally commissioned by Wynton Marsalis. Saxophonist Ted Nash and vocalist Luciana Souza also appear as featured soloists on the recording. More information on Migrations Series can be found HERE and the full list of nominees for the 2020 GRAMMY Awards can be found HERE.

AllAboutJazz review Joe Doubleday Quartet live at The Jazz Corner, South Carolina
October 28th, 2019

AllAboutJazz review the Joe Doubleday Quartet’s recent appearances at the Jazz Corner, in South Carolina. The review can be found HERE

Douglas joins Dwight School faculty
December 11th, 2019

Douglas has recently been appointed to the music faculty at the Dwight school in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He will begin teaching in January 2020. More information about the school can be found HERE

Juilliard Teaching Artist at Nord Anglia International School New York
September 15th, 2019

As a Juilliard Teaching Artist, Douglas has been appointed to teach individual drum lessons at the Nord Anglia International School in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. More information about Juilliard’s extensive collaboration with Nord Anglia can be found HERE.

Derek Bermel's Migrations Series released on Naxos American Classics
August 9th, 2019

Naxos Records has released Derek Bermel’s Migrations Series on its American Classics label. In his first commercially available recording, Douglas performs as drummer and featured soloist within the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Albany Symphony Orchestra. Commissioned by Wynton Marsalis, the recording also features Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra’s Ted Nash and Luciana Souza as soloists and was recorded in 2015 in Upstate New York. More information on the recording can be found HERE.

Teaching at Ingenium Academy International Summer School
June 21st, 2019

As percussion faculty, Douglas will be leading percussion masterclasses at the Ingenium Academy International Summer School which will be hosted at Winchester College in July/August 2019. More information about the Ingenium Academy can be found HERE.

Jazz At Lincoln Center teaching
September 20th, 2019

Douglas will be teaching at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy, leading a masterclass for their young drummers on Saturday September 28th, 2019. More information about Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Education programs can be found HERE.

Juilliard commission
September 1st, 2019

Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program has commissioned Douglas to create another arrangement for the Wind and Brass Orchestra. Returning to the program where he taught for 3 years as Percussion Teacher and Director of Percussion Ensemble, the piece will be performed in early Spring 2020. More information about the Juilliard’s MAP program can be found HERE

Bloomingdale School of Music appointment
August 1st, 2019

Douglas has recently joined the teaching faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music, a historic conservatory for all ages in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He will be teaching individual drum/percussion lessons, in addition to directing the Music Access Project’s Jazz Ensemble and coaching the Percussion Ensemble. His first faculty concert will focus on Jazz Icons associated with the Upper West Side neighbourhood, including composers such as Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. More information about BSM can be found HERE.

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