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In addition to my own projects I’m very fortunate to be involved in some great groups lead by some outstanding musicians and friends.  Here are a few of the bands with which I have performed regularly over the last several years.

Anywhen Ensemble:

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photo by Eric Vitale

Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble is a part of a small but exciting group of ensembles fusing the jazz and classical traditions together into a new and vibrant music that respects and builds upon its sources.  The ensemble draws its influence from musical genres ranging from classical and new chamber music, traditional and contemporary jazz, and free improvised music, as well as rock, electronica and folk music.  The music is intimate and personal, blending the spontaneity of improvised music with the balance and form of chamber music.

Operation Northwoods:

Operation Northwoods is a quartet featuring Hashem Assadullahi on saxophone,operation-northwoods-final-11 Douglas Detrick on trumpet, Andrew Oliver on piano, and Dan Duval on guitar that plays jazz with a chamber music-sensitivity to timbre and group interaction. The band began in the Pacific Northwest, where Portland, Oregon’s busy jazz scene was fertile ground for this collaboration between friends. Each of the group’s members contribute compositions so that each performance is an unpredictable mix of styles, but all make inventive use of each member’s unique sound and improvisational voice. The group’s name comes from the code name of the 1962 CIA plan to provoke war with Castro’s Cuba by staging terrorist attacks on American soil. Operation Northwoods takes this name partly to ridicule a regretful part of American history, but also to invoke the rainy and green Pacific Northwest where folks worry more about their craft beers and vegan pastries than communist hysteria. Don’t fear the music, comrades!

Poisonous Birds:

The Poisonous Birds is an exciting instrumental quintet, playing both original music and fresh interpretations of familiar songs from multiple genres including jazz, funk and rock. Combining the energy of a rock show with the subtlety and nuance of jazz, the Poisonous Birds provide the audience with an experience that is both entertaining and stimulating.

Doug Detrick Quintet:

This is a jazz group that plays the energetic and dynamic music of its founder and leader.  Dedicated to playing original compositions and inventive arrangements of eclectic pop material, the Douglas Detrick Quintet is a creative and artistic group that has cultivated a truly unique ensemble sound over its more than three years of existence.

Eugene Jazz Composer Orchestra:

A large jazz ensemble featuring the very best jazz musicians of Eugene, OR and the surrounding area, dedicated to the performance of original compositions and arrangements for jazz orchestra.  I am honored to be a charter member of the group, in which I play lead alto.  The ensemble focuses on the works of Douglas Detrick, Justin Morell, David Swigart, Andrew Rowan, and other Oregon composers.

Other less regular appearances include:

Jacob Varmus Quintet

James Miley Quintet

Dan Duval Group

Josh Deutsch Quintet

Andrew Rowan Sextet

Chris Clark Quintet

Kevin McDonald Quintet/Sextet

The Swigartian Art Ensemble

Emerald City Jazz Kings

Texas National Swing Band

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