Biography

Master musician and guitar virtuoso Doug Munro is an established veteran of the New York music scene. Since 1987 he has released 17 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.

Doug’s latest release, “Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack: The Harry Warren Songbook” is a Gypsy Swing infused tribute to Doug’s great uncle Harry Warren. The CD features guitarists Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Vinny Raniolo, Ted Gottsegen and Ernesto Pugliese along with violinists Howie Bujese and Andrei Matorin and bassists Matt Dwonszyk and Michael Goetz.

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"  Steve Khan

“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!!!”  Melvin Sparks

"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." John Stowell

" 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


 

Discography

As Leader
When Dolphins Fly (Optimism Records)
Autumn In Blue (CMG Records)
The Blue Lady (CMG Records)
Shootin’ Pool At Leo’s (CMG Records)
Blueness (CMG Records)
Guitars (Purchase College Recordings)
Up Against It (CMG Records)
Big Boss Bossa Nova (CMG Records
Boogaloo To Beck (Scufflin' Records)
Boogaloo To The Beastie Boys (Scufflin' Records)
Boogaloo To Kanye West (Scufflin' Records)
Boogaloo To Eminem (Scufflin' Records)
Big Boss Bossa Nova 2.0 (CMG Records)
Alone But Not Alone (GotMusic Records)
A Very Gypsy Christmas (GotMusic Records)
Loop-Mania! (GotMusic Records)
Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack: The Harry Warren Songbook (GotMusic Records)

As Arranger and/or Orchestrator, Producer, Performer
We Remember Pastorius (EMI Records)
The Soul Of R&B Vol.1 Billy Vera and Nona Hendryx (Shanachie Records)
The Soul Of R&B Vol.2 Chuck Jackson and Cissy Houston (Shanachie Records)
The Soul Of R&B Vol.3 Darlene Love and Lani Groves (Shanachie Records)
People Get Ready : A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield (Shanachie Records)
The Soul Of R&B Revue : Live at the Lonestar Roadhouse (Shanachie Records)
Back to the Streets : Celebrating the Music of Don Covay (Shanachie Records)
Bluesiana Hot Sauce (Shanachie Records)
Hi-Bop Ska The Skatilites ( Shanachie Records)
Bluesiana Hurricane (Shanachie Records)
Greetings From Skamania : The Skatilites (Shanachie Records)
When We Were Kings : Sound Track Recording (Polygram Records)
Skandalous Alstars : Hit Me (Shanachie Records)
Skallelujah- various artists (Big Music)
Love Fun and Grief- Various Artists (Big Music)
SQT Pink Floyd- Angry String Orchestra ( Vitamin Records)
SQT Neil Young- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT To Weezer- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Marilyn Manson- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT The Dixie Chicks- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Jimi Hendrix- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT John Mellencamp- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Enya- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Celine Dion- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Metallica- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT REM- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT U2- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Celine Dion- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Guns and Roses- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT The Beach Boys- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT The Darkness- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT The Roots- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Puddle Of Mudd- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Dr. Dre- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Duran Duran- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT To Fall Out Boy- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Kirk Franklin- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Papa Roach- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Marilyn Manson- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Queens Of The Stoneage- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Trapt- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Shinedown- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT Dashboard Confessional- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT To H.I.M.- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT To Coldplay- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT 1275 Strung Out Vol. 4- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT To Finger Eleven- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT To Broadway- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)
SQT To Star Wars- Angry String Orchestra (Vitamin Records)

Video
The Soul Of R&B Revue : Live at the Lonestar Roadhouse
(Shanachie Records) executive producer and musical director
Jazz/Blues Improvisation
(Homespun Tapes) featured artist, instructional video
The Art Of The Electric Bass : David C. Gross
(Homespun Tapes) Performer and Technical Advisor

Film
Re-Orchestration "When We Were Kings" Universal Pictures

Books
Pro Method, Jazz Guitar : Swing to Bebop (Warner Brothers Publishing)
Pro Method, Jazz Guitar : Bebop and Beyond (Warner Brothers Publishing)
Pro Method, Jazz Guitar : Organ Trio Blues (Alfred Music Publishing)
Just Classic Jazz Guitar Vol. I Ultimate Play-A-Long (Warner Brothers Publishing)
Just Classic Jazz Guitar Vol. II Ultimate Play-A-Long (Warner Brothers Publishing)
Just Classic Jazz Guitar Vol. III Ultimate Play-A-Long (Warner Brothers Publishing)
The Complete Latin Guitarist (Alfred Music)

 

Artists Worked With

This a rather random partial list of artists that Doug has played with, recorded with, worked as an arranger or producer with. This list serves to show the depth and breadth of Doug's experience in the music industry.

Dr. John
George Mraz
Muzz Skillings
Harvie S
Will Lee
Adam Nussbaum
Will Calhoun
B.B.King
Clifford Carter
Alex Foster
Eddie Gomez
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Hiram Bullock
Ursula Dudziak
Nona Hendryx
David Newman
Joey Calderazzo
Michael Urbaniak
Billy Vera
Jeff Andrews
Randy Brecker
Bob Berg
Bernard Purdie
Michael Brecker
Cissy Houston
Chuck Jackson
Richard Tee
Wilbur Bascomb
T Lavit
Darlene Love
Lani Groves
Dave Weckle
Danny Gottlieb
The Skatilites
Steve Cropper
Uptown Horns
Cornell Dupree
Gerry Butler
Paul Griffin
Vernon Reid
Peter Wolf
David Sanborn
Johnny Kemp
Noel Redding
Todd Rundgren
Robert Cray
Ron Wood
Jimmy Witherspoon
Bobby Womack
Paul Schaffer
Huey Lewis
Billy Squire
Corey Glover
Anton Fig
Sid McGinnis
Arlene Smith
Toots Thielemans
Ray Anderson
Allen Toussaint
Joe Ferry
Jonathan Sanborn
Lester Bowie
David Murry
Monty Alexander
Ray Vega
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Javon Jackson
Melvin Sparks