Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
DowDell, D C
DowDell, D C, pianist; b. Los Angeles, CA, 9 August 1951. D C DowDell is a dynamic jazz pianist/composer who has appeared with Bobby Vinton, Marilyn McCoo and Rosemary Clooney just to name a few. He has been influenced by pianists such as Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner and Billy Childs.
D C's passion for Jazz has also led to composing and arranging charts for top vocalists, solo instrumental artists and orchestra with influences from Gil Evans, Bob Florence and George Russell.
Born in Southern California, D C DowDell studied Music Education at UCLA and earned Masters of Music Composition at UNT. In 1993, the first publishing of 'Basic Musicianship' was released, a primary music reference and theory text written by DowDell, which is currently sold online.
In 1995, D C DowDell made the move to San Diego, California where he appears locally with a jazz ensemble and teaches Jazz theory and composition at A Passion for Jazz! online music instruction.