Earl and guitarist Doug Maher have played duo performances together for about fifteen years in venues ranging from concert halls to local coffee shops. For both Doug and Earl, this duo setting is their outlet for playing straight-ahead, unadulterated, swingin’ jazz. Their repertoire draws from the American Songbook and jazz standards.
If you’re not acquainted with Doug Maher, here is his biographical information:
Douglas Maher earned his B.M. (Jazz Guitar Performance) from Berklee College of Music, M.M. (Jazz Pedagogy) from The University of Miami, and Music Education Certification from Central Connecticut State University. Doug is an experienced jazz educator and clinician, with over 30 years experience at the collegiate and high school level. He is currently the instructor of class guitar and jazz combo at Manchester High School and at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, where he directs The Academy Big Band. This ensemble was awarded 1st place in its class at the 2010 Berklee College Jazz Festival, and also 1st place at the 2010 Mingus Festival in New York. Doug was formerly Director of Bands at Windsor High School from 1994-2005, where he was the 1999 Teacher Of The Year. From 1987-2005 he was an adjunct instructor of jazz guitar and jazz combo at Berklee College of Music, the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University. Doug has over 35 years of performance experience in jazz and commercial music. His career began as guitarist with “The Army Blues,” the Jazz Ensemble of the U.S. Army Band, Washington, D.C. which performed at The White House and Department of State functions and concerts throughout the United States. In March 2015 he will perform the world premier of “Glacier” a concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, with the Bozeman Montana Symphony Orchestra.