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Doug Ross Bio
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The best way to develop a unique style is to step out of your comfort zone and seek new challenges as often as possible. This philosophy has led Doug Ross on an adventurous musical path around the world, from the Caribbean to Asia and all over the U.S. After winning awards in high school bands, he was encouraged to head to Hollywood for intensive study with bass greats Gary Willis, Jeff Berlin, and Steve Bailey at the Bass Institute of Technology. Since graduating with honors from B.I.T, Doug has continued to stretch himself musically, playing thousands of gigs and recording sessions all over the world with diverse artists such as jazz guitarist Jody Fisher, Motown legends Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Brazilian singer Katia Moraes, and rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, to name a few. In 1995, a tour as bassist for Fantasia Musical Circus led to a seven year residence in Japan, including four years heading the bass program at Fukuoka School of Music, one of Japan's largest music colleges. When life in Japan started getting too comfortable, Doug uprooted himself once again and set off for Los Angeles. He spent the next thirteen years teaching at Los Angeles College of Music (formerly LAMA), performing as a sideman and bandleader, and releasing a solo album in 2007 on Egad records. At LACM, Doug had the privilege of teaching alongside many of LA's finest musicians, including Tierney Sutton, Frank Gambale, Jerry Watts, Ralph Humphrey, Andre Berry, Joe Porcaro, Carl Verheyen, and Tim Landers. Now, after a twenty year absence, Doug has returned to his hometown of Washington DC, and found it to be new again! Recent performances with local artists like Paul Bangser and Steve Herberman have presented fresh challenges. Time for some more stretching out!
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