SUNY’s Department of Music announces the 38th Annual Jazz Festival featuring guest artist, trombonist Doug Sertl from the Hudson Valley, NY. On Friday, May 2 there will be a jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. in E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. Tickets range from $2-8 and are available at the door or in advance at the Angell College Center desk. Performing at the concert with be the SUNY Plattsburgh Jazz Ensemble directed by Herm Matlock, and the Mambo Combo, directed by Shawn Parrotte.
Born in Schenectady, New York in 1961, Sertl was handed his first trombone at age 10 when he joined the grade school band because “that’s what we’re short of in the band”. In high school he was taking private lessons and was involved in local freelance work in local pit orchestras and performing with top name entertainers at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. He attended the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York. During his studies there he got a call to go on the road to Europe with Paul Anka. For the next few years he traveled and toured with various pop and jazz singers and then returned to New York’s Hudson Valley.
His first album as a leader was released in 1983. “Doug Sertl & The Jazz Menagerie”, featuring Sertl and his Big Band, received a 41/2 star review in Downbeat that same year. This also began a 20 year association with legendary baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola with whom Sertlwould record a half dozen albums.
Throughout the 80s and 90s Sertl continued to build a reputation as one of the best jazz, freelance and studio trombonists releasing a half dozen big band and small group albums. Maintaining a busy schedule both as a freelance player and a soloist at jazz festivals, colleges and with his quartet and quintet, he’s recorded and/or performed with a long list of artists including Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis, Jr, Mark Murphy, Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Nick Brignola, Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Conte Condoli, Roger Kellaway and many more.
His latest album released in 2013 features his B3 Organ Band with Peter Bernstein, Rick Montalbano and Terry Clarke. With a busy schedule of freelance and studio work as well as guest artist and clinic appearances worldwide, Sertl continues a long career as a stalwart of jazz trombone. He is an artist/clinician for Jupiter/XO trombones and performs on XO professional trombones exclusively.