Listen to samples of Dance in the Clouds   /   ダンス・イン・ザ・クラウズのサンプルが聴けます。

Doug Gurwell

Composer, pianist, lyricist, arranger, keyboard percussionist, trumpet player and bassist

Doug Gurwell

Doug Gurwell is a Los Angeles based musician. He began studying piano and trumpet at an early age. He studied with many notable jazz pianists and studio trumpet players. He is also an accomplished composer, bassist and arranger. Doug has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, Music.

In 2008, he released his first solo CD, entitled, The Cookie Jar, which features his style of New Taste Jazz. His second solo CD, Make Me Smile, was released in Japan in April of 2010, where he performed for enthusiastic audiences. His music performances were shown on cable TV, and live interview heard on FM radio in Tokyo, Japan.

In the last few years, he has focused his efforts towards the dance community, composing more than 100 songs for ballet and contemporary dance music. These compositions have been recorded by Yoshi Gurwell on the last three volumes of her well-regarded CD series, Music for Ballet Lovers. Most recently, Doug and Yoshi published a piano book from one of these CDs. It is entitled Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol. 6 and Vol. 8, Gorgeous Moments also Vol. 7 Precious Moments. Other available CDs from Doug are Inner Rhythms and Dance in The Clouds. He is currently working on a new project featuring many more interesting genres, meters, and vocal tunes.

Doug joined the ABT Gillespie School, directed by Alaine Haubert, playing piano for ballet classes, as well as Westside of Ballet in Santa Monica. Doug has worked with Joffrey West in the summers, playing for Alice Alyse, Shellie Cash, John Pennington, Yusha Sorzano (Afro-Caribbean) and other faculty members. He has also done ballet master classes with Misty Copeland, Katrina Killian, Darci Kistler, Sheryl Ware and Aesha Ash of SAB California Workshop, David Wilcox for Dance Excellence, Mikhail Tchoupakov, Larissa Saveliev, New York University Dance Department Chair, Sean Curran and has played for various universities and private studios, including working with Alvin Ailey dancer, Hope Boykin, and Martha Graham dancer, Tedaj Brdnik at USC Kaufman School of Dance. Doug has also done events with Director Steven Hyde at Orange County School of the Performing Arts, School of Dance.

Doug continues to work with his wife, Yoshi, creating, composing, recording, and producing music for the dance world and his New Taste Jazz.

Doug’s official site:






ダグ・ガーウェルのオフィシャルサイトは です。

Inner Rhythms   インナー・リズムス

Inner Rhythms - CD cover

Inner Rhythms was designed for dance teachers and choreographers, but is a great listening experience also. It features piano, trumpet, sax, electric bass, synthesizer, flugelhorn, B-3 organ, drums, sampled drums, and latin percussion. There are upbeat grooves, moody grooves, sambas, hip-hop, latin rock, latin jazz, old-style R & B grooves, soulful ballads, as well as 5/4, 3/4, & 6/8 meters. So, if you enjoy a Marvin Gaye groove, a David Foster ballad, a Jill Scott mood, bass like Marcus Miller or Wayman Tisdale, the sound of a B-3 organ, acoustic piano like Horace Silver or Bill Evans, Fender Rhodes in the style of Joe Zawinul, trumpet and flugelhorn like Chris Botti or Roy Hargrove, alto sax like David Sanborn or Paul Desmond or Dave Koz, plus great drum beats and percussion, this is a tasty listening experience. Enjoy!!

インナー・リズムスはダンスインストラクターと振り付け師のためにデザインしましたがリスナーが楽しむにも最適です。 ピアノ、トランペット、サックス、エレクトリック・ベース、シンセサイザー、フルーゲルホルン、B−3オルガン、ドラム、 サンプルドラム、そしてラテンパーカッションのフューチャリングです。アップビート、ムーディーな雰囲気、サンバ、ヒップホップ、 ラテンロックやラテンジャズ、古くからあるR&B、ソウルフルなバラードなどが5拍子、3拍子、6拍子などにも混ざっています。 ですので、もし、リスナーの君の好みがマービン・ゲイ、デイビッド・フォスターのバラード、ジル・スコットのムード、マーカス・ミラーや ワイマン・ティスデイルのようなベース、ホーレス・シルバーやビル・エバンスのようなB−3やアコースティックピアノ、 有名なブランド、フェンダー・ローデスのジョー・ザイヌル、クリス・ボティやロイ・ハーグローブのようなトランペットやフルーゲルホルン、 デイビッド・サンボーンやポール・デズモンドまたはデイブ・コズなどのアルトサックス、プラス、カッコイイドラムにパーカッション、 であるならば、これは凄く心地よい音楽だと思います。どうぞ、楽しんでください!

Listen to excerpts & purchase songs from Inner Rhythms on

Dance in the Clouds   ダンス・イン・ザ・クラウズ

Dance in the Clouds - CD cover

This CD has gotten great comments from online dance music sellers! It's getting popular at dance studios for jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and tap class routines, for all the ages and all levels.

このCDはダンス音楽のオンラインセラーから絶賛をいただいています! スタジオでも人気がでて来ています。子供からアダルト、全てのレベルでのジャズ、ヒップ・ホップ、モダン・コンテンポラリーやタップのクラスで音楽を楽しんで使っていただけます。

Available at Asgard Productions   から購入出来ます。

New Taste Jazz   New Taste Jazz   ニュー・テイスト・ジャズ

Doug Gurwell's compositions for Ballet Class   ♪ ダグ・ガーウェルが作曲したバレエクラスの楽曲 ♪

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Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol.8, Gorgeous Moment ll, The adventure continues with Gorgeous Moments II. Having written for Vol. 5, 6 and 7, plus recently having played for more ballet and modern dance classes, gave me a better perspective of the musical needs of the dance instructors. Yoshi and I worked even more closely on specifically targetting all the movements needed in a ballet class, but with great variety. Please enjoy!


Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol. 7, subtitled Precious Holiday Moments, is a Christmas special ballet class CD. There are three sections in this CD. The first section is called Act 1, which has 20 tunes, composed entirely by Doug Gurwell. Just as the Nutcracker and the Traditional Christmas tunes give this CD a Holiday atmosphere, Doug's tunes also are very cheery and fun, too.


Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol. 6, subtitled Gorgeous Moments, is a popular CD, world wide. It was composed completely by Doug Gurwell, featuring gorgeous melodies, beautiful harmonies, fun rhythms, and many styles for ballet movements commonly used by dance instructors. All of the compositions were designed by ballet pianist, Yoshi Gurwell, a true ballet connoiseur.


Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol. 5 features these two special and heart-warming songs dedicated to the people of Japan. The first song of this CD, The Long Road Home is for warm-up, and continuing to the second tune, Dear Japan for plie. This CD starts with emotional music and nice melodies....


Make Me Smile   メイク・ミー・スマイル

CD released by Doug Gurwell in 2011

Listen to selections:

© 2013 Doug Gurwell

Doug Gurwell: Make Me Smile
Make Me Smile CD cover



The Cookie Jar ♪   ザ・クッキー・ジャー ♪

the Cookie Jar, CD cover Please check out this CD. Many of the tunes might be good for kid's hip-hop, jazz, modern, and tap classes. Yoshi rearranged and recorded The Coconut Man and The Long Road Home from The Cookie Jar CD for her Music for Ballet Lovers, Vols. 5 and 6. These tunes are well-liked when played live by Yoshi at ballet classes.


Doug Gurwell: The Cookie Jar
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または、CDからお好きな曲を選んで購入もできます。 Apple iTunes store:
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Doug Gurwell, guest trumpet and flugelhorn player on these ballet class CDs. ♪

ダグ・ガーウェル、トランペット、フルーゲルホルンでバレエクラスCDにゲスト出演 ♪

Music for Ballet Lovers, CD cover Music for Ballet Lovers-vol.2, CD cover Music for Ballet Lovers-vol.3, CD cover

Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol. 1, Doug performed one feature song with Yoshi on this album.


Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol. 2, Yoshi collaborated with Doug's trumpet and flugerhorn on 14 tunes for this special album.
Students from many studios love to dance with piano and trumpet duo.


Music for Ballet Lovers, Vol. 3 has 5 bonus tracks of Doug and Yoshi's duo performance of jazzy tunes by composers like Gershwin and Sousa's great marches.


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