Doug Carn and his West Coast Organ BandFree For AllDoodlin' Records

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For this studio recording jazz organist Doug Carn is joined by dual tenor saxophonists Howard Wiley and Teodross Avery and drummer Deszon Claiborne to form The West Coast Organ Band. Building on the success of his 2015 release My Spirit, Carn and the group perform songs by Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner and Woody Shaw, with three original kick-ass tracks featuring the Hammond B-3.

Doug Carn– Hammond B-3 Organ

Dr. Teodross Avery – Tenor Sax

Howard Wiley -Tenor and Baritone Sax

Deszon Claiborne – Drums

Track Listing:

  • 1 Free For All (Wayne Shorter)                                       
  • 2 Bad Attitude (Teodross Avery)                                     
  • 3 Spiritual Sunrise, Spiritual Sunset (T. Avery)         
  • 4 Howard’s Tune (Howard Wiley)                                     
  • 5 Little B’s Poem (Bobby Hutcherson)                               
  • 6 Search for Peace (McCoy Tyner)                                   
  • 7 On A Misty Night (Tadd Dameron)                               
  • 8 Beyond All Limits (Woody Shaw)                                 

About Doug Carn:

Jazz critic Leonard Feather said in his Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies, that Doug Carn was destined from birth to be a part of the world of music. His mother, Gwendolyn Seniors Carn, taught music in the public schools in St. Augustine, Florida and played piano and organ.

His Uncle Bill Seniors, was a jazz aficionado and Be-bop DJ. Gwendolyn had played with Dizzy Gillispie on two occasions and Bill was a close friend of Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Scott. Doug’ s step-dad Joseph Wait­ man didn’t mind driving a bunch of teenagers all over the Southeast. These three people and their resources helped Doug tremendously in his early development as an artist and a young man.

The multi-faceted talents of pianist-organist-lyricist Doug Carn began to emerge onto the contemporary Afri­ can-American music scene during his teenage years. His group the “Nu-Tones” played a variety of dances, proms and club dates during his high school years in St. Augustine, Florida.

On occasion they would back up acts like “Little Willie John” or open up shows in venues from Miami to Charles ton that featured acts like the Five Royals and the Chantels. The Nutones auditioned for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour on the same day that President Kennedy was assassinated. The band’s rendition of “Blue Moon” was deemed “too jazzy.”

Strongly influenced by the tradition of hard swinging, blues based “jump” bands from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind that existed for more than a decade in the wake of the Great Ray Charles, Doug Carn sta1ted to forge a very special conception and mental picture of what Black music, jazz and the velocity of swing was all about.

After studying the oboe at Jacksonville University, Doug went to Georgia State College in Atlanta. During the next few years Doug’ s expertise on the Hammond B-3 organ took a giant “leap” forward as he literally “sat at the feet” of practically all of the great jazz organ masters. This was due to the fact that “Paschal’s La Carousel” periodically brought in Jimmy Smith and the “Bird Cage” always presented artists like Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Groove Holmes, Shirley Scott, Chester Thompson, Trudy Pitts, Gloria Coleman, Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff, Johnny Hammond Smith and Rhoda Scott.

This environment, along with the dynamics of the civil rights struggle and the African-American “Black Cultural Revolution,” provided a fertile ground for Doug’s continuing musical development. By the date of his eight­eenth birthday, Doug had released his first LP “The Doug Carn Trio” on the Savoy label.