Bill Douglass has been performing music in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1965. His work on Double Bass and Bamboo Flute can be heard in concert, on CD's, on television, video and film. To read a recent interview click here

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Music Samples

Recent Recordings on Bass:

  • Musica Divina: "Mysteries- Music for the Labyrinth Walk at Grace Cathedral"
  • Marian McPartland "Live At Yoshi's Nitespot"
  • Marian McPartland "A Single Petal of a Rose"
  • Marian McPartland "Plays the Music of Mary Lou Williams"
  • Tom Waits: "The Black Rider"
  • Ian Dogole: "Ionospheres"
  • Ian Dogole:"Night Harvest"
  • Dmitri Matheny: "Penumbra", and "Starlight Cafe" with Darrell Grant, piano
  • Paula West:"Temptation"
  • Paula West:"Restless"
  • Shweta Jhaveri (master North Indian vocalist), "Anahita"
  • Stephanie Bruce: "The Postcard"
  • Gabriela Marrone (with Bill Frisell, Alex Acuña): "Detrás Del Sol"


Other recordings on Bass:

  • ECM records: "Rubisa Patrol" and "Desert Marauders" with Art Lande,piano; Mark Isham, trumpet; Glenn Cronkhite or Kurt Wortman, drums; Bill Douglass, bass.
  • Charlie Byrd, guitar: "Moments Like This"
  • Ancient Future: "Asian Fusion" and "World Without Walls"
  • "Threedom" with Dave Tidball and Robert Kaufman


Bamboo Flute Recordings: Film work

  • "The Black Stallion" directed by Carroll Ballard, music by Carmine Coppola
  • "Never Cry Wolf" directed by Carroll Ballard: music by Mark Isham
  • "Dim Sum" directed by Wayne Wang, music by Todd Boekelheide
  • "Eat a Bowl of Tea" directed by Wayne Wang, music by Mark Adler
  • "1000 Pieces of Gold" directed by Nancy Kelly, music by Gary Remal-Malkin
  • "Stories of the Yuba" directed by Gregg Schiffner


Bamboo Flute Recordings: Television work

  • National Geographic Specials: "Reflections on Elephants - Patterns in the Grass" filmed by Beverly and Dereck Joubert, music by Mark Adler



Bamboo Flute Recordings: Video work

  • Rabbit Ears Productions:
    "The Emperor's Nightingale" music by Mark Isham
    "The Boy Who Drew Cats" music by Mark Isham
    "The Five Chinese Brothers" music by Bill Douglass, David Austin



  • Cazadero/Aptos Jazz Camp: 1982-1988
  • Marin County Arts Grant: public school music program, 1993-94
  • Vocal Workshops with Madeline Eastman: 1989-91
  • Presently on the faculty of "The Jazzschool" in Berkeley California (Phone 510/845-5373 for info).



Concord, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rheims, Bergen, Graz, Russian River, Nyon, Willisau, Eindhoven, La Jolla, Dallas, Seattle, Montreux, New York, Monterey


Concert Highlights:

  • Marion McPartland
  • Bobby McFerrin, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Mose Allison
  • Terry Riley
  • Art Lande and Mark Isham (Rubisa Patrol)
  • Bobby Bradford


Bill Douglass is available for recording and film work, teaching and concerts on both double bass and bamboo flutes and can be contacted by email at: or by phone at 530.273.5489

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Updated: 04/18/2011