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January 14, 2020 - Thank you to everyone for supporting me and making 2019 my busiest year ever! I am so grateful to be performing with many of DC’s finest musicians, as well as teaching bass, piano, and guitar to my wonderful students. The Futility Closet podcast continues to grow, too, and has been a great compositional outlet for me. If you haven’t listened to the podcast lately, please check it out. Greg and Sharon are doing an amazing job with it!

August 8, 2019 - I often have a hard time remembering to promote my gigs in advance, so it’s nice to now be able to tell you about a couple of steady weekly engagements where you can find me. Every Friday from 10:30pm-1:30am, I’m playing with Harikaraoke at the TAP Sports Bar at the MGM Grand Casino in National Harbor. And every Sunday from 11:00am-2:30pm, I’m playing with Ariel Francis for the Sunday brunch at Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place in Georgetown. Also lots of other gigs filling up the schedule, with the likes of Gayle Harrod and Night and Day. In March, I played for my friend Jessie Cooper’s album release party in Seattle. Please check out the new record!

2019.03.22 Jessie Allen Cooper and DR


July 24, 2018 - Need charts? I can help! Over many years of working as a sideman in various groups, I have consistently observed an acute need for accurate, readable sheet music on gigs. Many times, the rhythm section valiantly muddles through, with varying success. But often, I have stepped in to create charts in these situations, leading to much smoother performances and happier bandmates. Now, I am making my chart writing services available to everyone via Internet, at very reasonable rates! Please see the Charts section of this site for details, and feel free to contact me about your needs. I would love to help! 

Dec 14, 2017 - Happy holidays! As I race toward the finish line of 2017, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the support of so many friends and family. Gigs have been bountiful, my students continue to inspire me, and I have had the chance to spend lots of quality time with my family this year. A few professional highlights include playing at Wolf Trap and the US Supreme Court; and recording bass for Jessie Cooper, Ghost of Wood, and the Futility Closet podcast. Also, on a personal level, my trips to Europe and NYC, and volunteering in the meteorite division at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History were equally rewarding. I even got to combine my passions for music and space science on a gig at the Air and Space Museum! I hope you have had a great year, and I look forward to seeing you, online or in person, in 2018. Cheers!

2017.10 DR at NASM


July 30, 2017 - I apologize for my recent lack of site updates. It’s not for lack of news to report! On the contrary, I’m very grateful to report that this has been one of my busiest and most rewarding years to date, thanks to the support of so many wonderful friends all over the world. Quick summary of highlights: several albums that I played bass on have been released in the past year, including a top selling album of beautiful latin ballads by Carlos Duron; my own original music continues to be featured on the Futility Closet podcast; I’ve kept a full schedule of gigs with Marquise, Daryl Davis, Seth Kibel, my own jazz trio Cordial Affair, and many others; I played bass on the official 2017 “Let’s Go Dodgers” stadium intro; and I’m now teaching piano, bass, and guitar for Winterhalter Music. Thank you so much for your support of my musical activities, and please send me a friend request on Facebook for the most timely updates on what I’m up to.


© Doug Ross 2020