Doug Little’s work as a musician, composer and educator is all about bridging cultures and inspiring students to follow their interests and dreams. Considered one of the premier jazzmen in the Twin Cities, he utilizes his talents to effectively merge Cuban and Jazz music seamlessly.
Doug Little is a considerable musician, an exceptional composer, and well-noted educator. He has toured 37 states and performed concerts throughout Europe. He moved to Minnesota from the San Francisco Bay and studied at Macalester College.
In my residencies, students may learn the rhythms of Cuba, samba music and dances from Brazil, or Latin jazz melodies from New York. Students learn what I learned from the master musician in Havana, what it sounded like in the samba club in Rio, or how jazz soared out of the basement club in the Big Apple. I teach basic musical rhythms and melodies and the steps to the famous dances. Content can be tailored to curriculum so that students can make artful “culture collages” that colorfully show the intersecting points of history, people and music.