Professor of Music Theory, Jazz and Music Technology
Dr. Doug Bristol, professor of music theory and technology in the Department of Music within Alabama State University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, is no stranger to the music industry. He has performed at national festivals, released a composition on CD and performed with a nine-time Grammy award winner.
One highlight of his 30-year music career is when he took the stage as a member of the Tuscaloosa Horns with the Grammy award-winning singer Natalie Cole at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Miss., in March 2011. He also has played with other musical giants such as The Temptations, the O’Jays, Ray Charles, Mary Wilson, Shirley Jones and Denyce Graves.
“My musical activity keeps me in contact with some of the best trombonists and musicians in the Southeast,” Bristol said. “It also makes other professional musicians throughout the region aware of ASU.”
Bristol, who has been with ASU for 15 years, added that his participation in festivals is a helpful tool when teaching.
“Because I have met and played with some of the best musicians in the region, I can tell my students which schools would have the best programs and teachers to study with on a graduate level,” he said. “It is important that students know about and participate in these festivals.”
Some of his other career highs include performing with the Professors Choir at the Southeast Trombone Symposium at Columbus State University in Georgia and with the Mid-South Pro Bones at the International Trombone Festival at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., in June 2011. As part of the Mid-South Pro Bones group, he played during the intermission of a Nashville Symphony Orchestra concert, which was directed by Joe Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Bristol said the groups he performs with are composed of professional trombonists from the southeast, including members of orchestras, university faculty and freelance performers.
A seasoned trombonist and composer, Bristol’s composition, titled “Mpingo,” was given a new treatment on Farrell Vernon’s second recording, “High Notes: More New Music for the Sopranino Saxophone,” which was released in June 2011 by Centaur Records.