Doug Ratner Plays Jazz
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The best kept secret in music


"What People Are Saying About Doug Ratner"

"Not only is Doug Ratner a crowd favorite, (he has sold out the Iron horse Music Hall 4 times), he is a pleasure to work with. Doug and his band are professional, responsible, and they understand the "business" of music.

Hiring Doug for a gig in your club means a great night for your customers, the club, and the crowd that Doug brings.

I have been in the music business for many years. I believe Doug is on his way to becoming a star."
-- Eric Suher, President Iron Horse Entertainment Group

"Doug is 'my boy'!"
-- Jimmy Cobb

"Doug's is one of the voices that will define jazz for the next generation"
-- Joe Beck

"Doug is the real deal. His CD is just terrific, man, can that kid swing."
-- Jack Wilkins

"Doug is a phenomenal player and musician. Full of energy, creativity, and passion. I still can't believe he's only 18."
-- John Abercrombie

"The album is absolutely superb, some of the best new jazz I have heard in an age, and has been very well received by both my listeners and my fellow dj's."
-- Paul Callan, DJ on Real Love Radio, U.K.

"In a word -- phenomenal. Ratner's playing is inventive, intelligent, technically amazing and passionate. A complete understanding of the jazz language and the ability to brilliantly communicate it."
-- Patrick Bolek, The Grammy Foundation

"When Doug Ratner gets fired up, smoke fills the room!"
-- Review of "Down the Line" CD in Jazz Improv Magazine (January 2006)

"Ratner maintains the highest level of musicianship and creativity throughout."
-- Review of "Down the Line" CD in Just Jazz Guitar (February 2006) - Comments Include:


2006: "Surviving the City"
2005: "Down the Line"


Feeling a bit camera shy


Doug Ratner is a pretty amazing 19 year old. He picked up his first guitar at two, and by the time he was a sophmore in high school he was gigging with pros. He is featured in the November 2006 Grammy Magazine!

When he was a junior in high school, Doug Ratner was headlining sold-out shows at the famed Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass, and was studying with Joe Beck and Jack Wilkins.

Doug now studies at SUNY Purchase, and his teachers include Todd Coolman, John Faddis, and the great John Abercrombie.

Jimmy Cobb -- "the best drummer in the world" -- has befriended the young Doug, and the two continue to gig together.

As Greg Adams of Tower of Power says, "The future looks very bright for Doug Ratner. His versatality shines through every aspect of his singing, playing and songwriting."