Formed in 1995, the Doug Talley Quartet has performed jazz at numerous festivals, concerts, clubs and schools throughout the Midwest. All four members of the quartet compose and arrange music, and contribute to the group’s repertoire for recordings and live appearances.
Saxophonist Doug Talley has performed with such jazz luminaries as Jay McShann, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Bobby Watson, Karrin Allyson, and many more. He is a familiar face throughout the Midwest as a jazz performer and educator. Doug Talley is the recipient of the 2010 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award and the 2009 Johnson County Library Pinnacle Award for arts in education. Talley is a Selmer saxophone artist and clinician and has served as a clinician with numerous college and high school musicians. Talley was a faculty member of the Great Plains Jazz Camp for twelve years, and was featured at the 1996 MENC convention in Kansas City. He was a clinician at the 1997 International Association of Jazz Educators conference and a faculty member of the 2003 IAJE Teacher Training Institute. Honored by Kansas City magazine as one of the “40 Under 40 Who Move and Shake Kansas City in Business, Politics and the Arts,” Talley was also recognized in Downbeat magazine “Auditions.” His discography includes four recordings on the Sea Breeze label for the Trilogy and Boulevard Big Bands as well as five as a leader.
TJ Martley – piano
T.J. has quickly become one of the top call pianists in Kansas City. Since graduating from William Jewell College in 2007, he has shared the stage with national icons of jazz Bobby Watson, Sean Jones, Javon Jackson, Brad Mason, Elliot Mason, Dave Pietro, Matt Otto, Mike Metheny and Wycliffe Gordan. Known for his eclectic be-bop style, the pianist’s improvisations are reminiscent of Lennie Tristano, Bud Powell, and Keith Jarrett. The pianist can be seen regularly at local jazz hot spots with Kansas City jazz artists such as The Goombahles Crosscurrent, Megan Birdsall, Steve Lambert Quartet, Rich Wheeler Quartet, Shay Estes, Bryan Hicks Quartet, Stan Kessler and Stephanie Laws.
Tim Brewer – bass
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Tim is a gifted composer and performer. He has appeared with many artists, including Bobby Watson and Eddie Harris. Locally, he performs with the Doug Talley Quartet, Triology and Boulevard Big Bands, the New Kansas City Seven and Trinity Jazz Ensemble.
Keith Kavanaugh – drums/cymbals
Keith is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has performed with Diane Schuur, Phil Wilson, Joshua Breakstone, Scott Robinson, Ritchie Cole and many musicians on the Kansas City jazz scene. He is also a graduate of Park University where he studied Art and Graphic Design. He has paintings in many corporate and private collections, and has designed more than 150 CD packages for musicians from coast-to-coast. See his work at keithkavanaugh.com and bauwau.com.
“How to Listen to Jazz” – a fun, informative demonstration (often interactive with the audience) that might change how you listen to jazz!
Target group – general audiences
Duration – approximately 30 minutes, including Q & A
Doug and the Quartet are frequently asked to conduct workshops, clinics, demonstrations and lectures throughout the Midwest. Some of the more popular topics are listed below.