Longtime Los Angeles-based guitarist Doug MacDonald is a native Philadelphian who was raised in Hawaii. As a sideman on both coasts and some stops elsewhere, his live performances are in the hundreds, including those with Stan Getz, George Shearing, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, and Buddy Rich, among many others. Scott Yanow of Jazz Times describes MacDonald as,"...a fine bop-based guitarist in the tradition of Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, and Joe Pass." His new release -- "It's a Blue World" -- takes him back to his roots leading a guitar trio.
Mix the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and you have the recipe for one of the hottest up and coming contemporary jazz guitarists around. B.D. Lenz has worked with Randy Brecker, Mark Egan, Will Lee and others on his previous six discs, and his music has been featured on over one hundred television shows globally. "Five & Live" is his newest release and features his regular cast of virtuoso band mates from a series of live recording dates.