Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble’s Executive Director Douglas Detrick steps out of the background to lead his own band in two sets of music. More Devotedly is both the name of the band and of the podcast hosted by Detrick that shares the stories of artists whose work addresses the most urgent issues in our democracy.
Like a party with Pete Seeger, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, and Studs Terkel all in attendance, More Devotedly is a cultural and political discussion set to music, featuring songs, snippets of interviews from the podcast, and a hybrid of old-time folk music, jazz, and electronic music played by Detrick on banjo, trumpet and voice; Joe Kye on violin, electronics and voice; Mike Gamble on guitar, and Christopher Johnedis on drums.
Douglas Detrick is a composer, songwriter, trumpeter, banjoist, podcast producer and arts leader whose work in these diverse areas is distinguished by its quiet thoughtfulness and its embrace of good ideas from unconventional sources.
He was awarded a 2017 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, and leads the chamber-folk quartet Little One, chamber-jazz quintet AnyWhen Ensemble, and is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. He has performed throughout the United States at venues including the Stone, the Phillips Collection and many universities.
Photo by Chad Lanning