Doug De Vries
Doug de Vries is one of Australia’s foremost guitarists and a significant composer for the guitar, excelling in many musical genres, from jazz to tango, choro, samba and bossa nova.
He is considered Australia’s leading exponent of Brazilian guitar repertoire and recently released a solo album of original works and classic Brazilian repertoire, DdV Solo. De Vries is particularly noted for his sophisticated accompaniments, deep knowledge, and daring improvisations whether in solo or group settings.
Emerging into Australian consciousness through his long stint as resident guitarist in the house band on Channel Seven’s Steve Vizard’s Tonight Live, de Vries was also Musical Director in the Vince Jones Jazz group over 9 years while the Jazz singer built his loyal following and made his seminal recordings.
De Vries took an interest in Brazilian guitar music in private all those years, releasing his own compositions and albums inspired by this rich musical fount. After living in Rio de Janeiro in 2000, and subsequent trips partly encouraged by receipt of an Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship, his performance credits in the world of Brazilian music are exemplary, having performed and recorded with Yamandu Costa, Hermeto Pascoal, Mauricio Carrilho, Luciana Rabello, Jorginho do Pandeiro, Ronaldo do Bandolim, Paulo Aragao, Proveta and Lula Galvao.