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BeBop in Beijing With Doug Martin

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Jazz Guitar Today talks to jazz guitarist Doug Martin about the unique Beijing jazz scene. Doug also provides an exclusive lesson for JGT!

Bob Bakert: Jazz guitarist Doug Martin is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. His life took him to China to pursue his studies – and now he is one of the top jazz artists in Beijing. Doug is truly one of the elite jazz ambassadors front and center in the globalization of our beloved American art form. Prior to settling in Beijing, Doug toured and played with the likes of John Jorgenson, Howard Alden, John Pisano, and many others. Many have witnessed the obvious, Doug can simply play. Originally drawn to China for his multi-disciplinary studies, he now makes his home in Beijing. His love of music and martial arts makes for a highly accomplished disciplined artist.  Enjoy Doug Martin…



Jazz Guitar Today Video Lesson: Tashkurgan

Tashkurgan is from Doug’s latest album, Cosmos. Doug Martin explains how he changes the rhythmic quality of the first track from 4/4 to 12/8, as well as explains the arpeggiated comping style. Also, Doug also discusses how he did the comping and which scale the melody is derived from.


Doug Martin: The album is called Cosmos, and is a mixture of various original compositions of mine, a couple of traditional Chinese songs I arranged for a contemporary jazz sound as well as a mashup of a couple of standards. In general, every one of the songs has a story and the whole album was created from inspirations from my various world travels including China and Hawaii. 



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