Douglas Ewart/Douglas R. Ewart
Birth nameDouglas R. Ewart
Born (1946-09-13) 13 September 1946 (age 77)
Kingston, Jamaica
Occupation(s)Composer, Instrumentalist, Instrument Builder, Educator, Community Builder, Philosopher, Writer

Douglas R. Ewart (born 13 September 1946 in Kingston, Jamaica)[1] is a Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder. He plays sopranino and alto saxophones, clarinets, bassoon, flute, bamboo flutes (shakuhachi, ney, and panpipes), and didgeridoo; as well as Rastafarian hand drums (nyabingi, repeater, and bass).

Ewart emigrated to the United States in June 1963 (coming to Chicago) and became associated with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1967,[1] studying with Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell.[2] He served as that organization's president from 1979 to 1986.

He has performed or recorded with J. D. Parran, Muhal Richard Abrams, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Curran, Anthony Davis, Robert Dick, Von Freeman, Joseph Jarman, Amina Claudine Myers, Roscoe Mitchell, James Newton, Rufus Reid, Wadada Leo Smith, Cecil Taylor, Richard Teitelbaum, Henry Threadgill, Hamid Drake, Don Byron, Malachi Favors Maghostut, and George Lewis.[1]

In 1992, Ewart collaborated with Canadian artist Stan Douglas on the video installation Hors-champs which was featured at documenta 9 in Kassel, Germany. The installation features Ewart in an improvisation of Albert Ayler's "Spirits Rejoice" with musicians George Lewis, Kent Carter and Oliver Johnson.[3]

He has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1990. His father, Tom, was a cricket umpire.[4]


As leader

As Collaborator

With Muhal Richard Abrams

With Spencer Barefield and Tani Tabbal

With Anthony Braxton

With Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Joëlle Léandre, Bernard Santacruz, Michael Zerang

With Chico Freeman

With Dennis González

With Yusef Lateef, Roscoe Mitchell, Adam Rudolph

With George Lewis

With Roscoe Mitchell

With Wadada Leo Smith

With Henry Threadgill


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 141. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ Litweiler, John (1984). The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958. Da Capo. pp. 191–2. ISBN 0-306-80377-1.
  3. ^ Gale, Peggy (1996). "Stan Douglas: Evening and others." VIDEO Re/VIEW: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists' Video. Eds. Peggy Gale and Lisa Steele. Toronto: Art Metropole. p. 363. ISBN 0-920956-37-8
  4. ^ Lewis, George E. (15 September 2008). A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226477039. Retrieved 6 June 2019 – via Google Books.