Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Douglass, Bill, bassist and bamboo flutist; b. Oakland, CA, 13 November 1945. Moved to the Sierra Foothills when he was 4, the Grass Valley/Nevada City area, between Sacramento and Reno NV. He came to the Bay Area in 1964, and met Donald Rafael Garrett through his roommate in college, Mel Martin, a sax player. arrett's influence on him was profound. He has moved back to the same foothills area.
He has taught at Cazadero/Aptos Jazz Camp (1982-1988), Marin County Arts Grant: public school music program (1993-94), Vocal Workshops with Madeline Eastman (1989-91) and is presently on the faculty of "The Jazzschool" in Berkeley California (Phone 510/845-5373 for info). He is artistic director of the Sierra Jazz Society's Annual Jazz Camp.
In concert, he has played with Marian McPartland, Bobby McFerrin (at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco), Mose Allison, Terry Riley, Art Lande and Mark Isham (Rubisa Patrol) and Bobby Bradford.
Recordings on bass:
Threedom; Ancient Future: Asian Fusion, World Without Walls; Charlie Byrd: Moments Like This (1980); Rubisa Patrol (1976); Desert Marauders (1977); Gabriela Marrone: Detrs Del Sol (with Bill Frisell) (1997); Stephanie Bruce: The Postcard; Shweta Jhaveri: Anahita; Paula West: Temptation; Dmitri Matheny: Penumbra, Starlight Cafe; Ian Dogole: Ionospheres; Tom Waits: The Black Rider (1994); Marian McPartland: Plays the Music of Mary Lou Williams (1996), Live At Yoshi's Nitespot (1997); Musica Divina: Mysteries- Music for the Labyrinth Walk at Grace Cathedral (1998)
Films (on bamboo flute):
"The Black Stallion" directed by Carroll Ballard, music by Carmine Coppola;
"Never Cry Wolf" directed by Carroll Ballard, music by Mark Isham;
"Dim Sum" directed by Wayne Wang, music by Todd Boekelheide;
"Eat a Bowl of Tea" directed by Wayne Wang, music by Mark Adler;
"1000 Pieces of Gold" directed by Nancy Kelly, music by Gary Remal-Malkin;
"Stories of the Yuba" directed by Gregg Schiffner
Television (on bamboo flute)
National Geographic Specials: "Reflections on Elephants - Patterns in the Grass" filmed by Beverly and Dereck Joubert, music by Mark Adler
Videos (on bamboo flute)
Rabbit Ears Productions:
"The Emperor's Nightingale" music by Mark Isham
"The Boy Who Drew Cats" music by Mark Isham
"The Five Chinese Brothers" music by Bill Douglass, David Austin