Doug Carn, was destined from birth to be a part of the world of music.
Leonard Feather (from his Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies).
Doug Carn is a National Treasure and an African American musical Icon. He is the last one in the tradition of the great organ masters, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGrif, Shirley Scott,
Groove Holmes and Larry Young Jr.
Doug's mother, Gwendolyn Seniors Carn, studied music and Organ at Spelman College. She taught Doug the proper usage and respect for the most powerful and majestic musical instrument on earth at an early age.
Doug played the alto saxophone from the age of eight and eventually majored in oboe at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida from 1965 1966. In 1967 Doug attended Georgia State College in Atlanta to continue his musical education and take advantage of the lucrative Jazz Scene that existed in Atlanta's black community.
The Atlanta University complex and especially Jazz Clubs like Paschal's La Carousel, The Bird Cage and Dot Lounge always featured the top local talent and major artists like, Wes Montgomery, Ramsey Lewis, Nina Simone, Lou Donaldson, Cedar Walton, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard and of course JIMMY SMITH!
During this time Doug Carn formed his own trio and recorded his first album on the Savoy Record Label. Also in this same time frame, Doug met and Married Jean Carn and added her phenomenal singing voice to his group.
After the assassination of Dr. King, Doug and Jean moved to Hollywood where they performed with Earth Wind and Fire on their first two recordings, EARTH WIND AND FIRE and THE NEED OF LOVE on Warner Brothers. Shortly thereafter they produced INFANT EYES and two other critically acclaimed and trend setting Albums that featured Doug's lyric writing as well. And even to this day, these recordings are still loved and treasured.
Soon afterwords Doug and Jean broke up and went their separate ways. Jean went on to become an international R&B star and Doug continued to work with his own bands as well, performing and recording occasionally with, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Wallace Roney, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Cindy Blackman, Houston Person, Abbey Lincoln, Javon Jackson, Eddie Henderson, Idris Muhammad, Michael Urbaniak and Charles Tolliver among others. On these shows Doug played the Piano as well as Organ and other keyboards including Moog Synthesizer.
Now back firmly in his
Organ Roots, Doug has a new group, The West Coast Organ Band, and a new CD; MY SPIRIT on Doodlin' Records. On this new recording Doug grooves like Charles Earland and stretches out in his own unique and multifaceted style. My Spirit is getting national air play and is in Rotation on Sirius XM real jazz and several other stations. MY SPIRIT went to number 46 on the Jazzweek chart and number 15 on the CMJ jazz chart!
The exciting and versatile band includes, Teodross Avery and Howard Wiley on Tenor Saxes and Deszon Claiborne on Drums.