When it comes to Doug Woolverton, everyone wants to know how he creates his tone, how he is able to get them off their feet! Whether you are in awe, or amazement; you will wonder how this single trumpeter will move you in a way you never expected. Yeah, he’s that good; and good natured too! When you see him, you’ll see and hear his secret weapon. It’s so secret, we can’t tell you here!
Professional musician, composer, and band leader, Doug Woolverton, has been cultivating his smooth, soulful, yet energetic trumpet sound for audiences around the world becoming one of the most in demand, versatile trumpeters of his generation. Hailing from Northern State University (Aberdeen SD) receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet performance, Doug honed in on his skills of soulful soloing, songwriting, recording, and arranging. His mentor and trumpet teacher, Dr. Grant Manhart, helped focus Doug’s sound and beautiful tone which has led to his full time career performing over 280 shows around the world each year. He’s in high demand! You may see him performing with his own band, the Groove Merchants, or alongside artists such: Aretha Franklin, Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule, John Scofield, Roomful of Blues, They Might Be Giants, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Donnie, Dacus, Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Purdie, Delbert McClinton, Victor Wainwright, Shemekia Copeland, Samantha Fish, James Cotton, Tab Benoit, Tony Coleman, Jim Pugh, J. Geils, Johnny Vidacovich, John Herrington, Shari Puorto, Carl Fischer, Curt Ramm, Kenni Holmen, Duke Robillard, Jimmy Haslip, Eric Bloom, (also see Discography), and other notable artists.
Doug is a delight to listen to and work with because of his ability to play many different styles of music. From creating melodic phrasing, composing and arranging horn lines, to his superb improvisational skills. His sound says it all! Is he for hire with your band or recordings? You bet! (see Contact page).
In 2008 Doug joined the internationally known, 5-time Grammy nominated blues band, Roomful of Blues, and has recorded on their two latest albums, “Hook, Line, and Sinker” and “45 LIVE”. He performed internationally with this legendary band from 2008-2017.
In 2015 Doug joined New York City based band, Beginnings. This CHICAGO Tribute band, performs around the Nation, bringing you the greatest hits of the band- Chicago. He is a current, full-time member of this top shelf tribute band.
In 2017-2018 Doug has joined Victor Wainwright and his band, The Train and will be touring all over the USA. Stay tuned!!!
Notable awards and nominations:
Wang Dang Doodle award- Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
Blues Music Award-"This Time for Real"-Billy Price/Otis Clay
Inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame- Roomful of Blues
Boston Music Award- Roomful of Blues