Doug Stone’s versatility as a jazz saxophonist, improviser, and composer can be heard on his recordings as a leader – Motion (Outside in Music), and The Early Riser (self-released) – as well as his recordings as a co-leader and sideman – Doug Stone/Marcelo Magalhaes Pinto Quartet, Shifting Perspectives (Ears & Eyes Records), Facing West Quartet, Facing West (Outside in Music), Justin Haynes Big Band, In A Funk (self-released), Quintopus, The Adjacent Possible (Ears & Eyes Records), Matthew Golombisky’s Cuentos, Volume 4 (Ears & Eyes Records), and many more. Stone maintains an active national and international performing and touring schedule, and is a first call musician in New Orleans, LA, with groups including The John Mahoney Septet, Reid Poole’s Boppin’ Five, the Victory Swing Orchestra, and in Baton Rouge, LA, with the Florida Street Blowhards, among others.
In addition to Stone’s teaching duties at Louisiana State University, he is a sought-after clinician and presenter at schools and jazz camps for students of all age levels both nationally and internationally. He has presented workshops on jazz, improvisation, and composition in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Medellin and Bogota, Colombia, and at jazz festivals in Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Illinois. In the summers, Stone teaches and performs with the Birch Creek Jazz Orchestra, at the esteemed Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, WI. His book Stepping Stones Through Improvisation: From Day One to the Big Gig (Low Down Publishing) is a useful resource for school jazz ensembles and individuals.
At Louisiana State University, Stone directs the acclaimed LSU Jazz Ensemble, coaches chamber jazz ensembles, teaches applied lessons in jazz saxophone and improvisation, and teaches courses in jazz pedagogy and career preparedness. He has also served as the president of the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education and jazz division chair of the Louisiana Music Educators Association.