The Red Rock Review - December 15, 2005
A Jazzy Year in Sedona

“Steve Douglas, the acoustic bass player with the “A” List, who originally proposed the program to Jazz on the Rocks, recognized this

Red Rock News - April 4, 2007
Library jazz concert series begins

“Don’t miss the first in a new concert series at the Sedona Public Library on Sunday, April 15. The theme of this kickoff program is “A Tribute to Ray Charles.” …..On bass, Steve Douglas was classically trained on upright bass at the University of Michigan and Michigan State. Active the last two years in producing 32 concerts for Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, Douglas' and his company and its namesake band Artists in Rhythm, also provide entertainment for special events, corporate functions and weddings.”

Kudos – April 11, 2007
Friends of the Library presents ‘Music to Your Ears’ jazz series

You won’t want to miss the first in a new jazz concert series at the Sedona Public Library. ….On bass is Steve Douglas. Classically trained on upright bass at the University of Michigan and Michigan State, Douglas plays in many styles and has performed at some of the finest resorts in Michigan, Arizona and Hawaii. Active the last two years in producing 32 concerts for Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, he continues to look for ways music can benefit and impact the community. His company and its namesake band, Artists in Rhythm, also provides entertainment for special events, corporate functions and weddings. During the day you can find Steve at Yavapai Community College facilitating a class on 20th century popular music for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Kudos – April 25, 2007
Second Community Concert on tap at Jewish Community of Sedona, Verde Valley

“The series is a collaboration between the Jewish Cultural Endowment Fund and “Artists in Rhythm” with an awarding of music scholarships from a portion of the concert proceeds slated for the end of the series. Gracing the stage from “Artists In Rhythm” are Steve Sandner on piano and vocals, Steve Douglas on string bass and Kevin McQuaid on drums.”

Tucson Jazz Society – May 10, 2007
Sedona Jazz Group to Play JW Marriott

Sedona Artists in Rhythm will help Tucsonans celebrate Mother’s Day weekend in its Tucson Jazz Society performance Saturday, May 212 at JW Marriott Starr Pass. The Sedona group appeared last year for the TJS’s Summerset Concert Series at Westward Look Resort to near capacity crowd. ….”Steve Douglas, leader and bassist for the group, plays regularly at a number of Sedona and Prescott restaurants. His monthly Jazz on the Rocks concert series helped raise thousands of dollars last year, which will allow five Arizona students to attend a five-week workshop this summer at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Vocalist Susannah Martin brings a Brazilian flavor to the group. “She adds absolutely great jazz styling, scatting and soothing, lilting Brazilian bossas and sambas,” said Douglas.

Kudos – July 25, 2007
Community Concert series continues with jazz favorites

“The Jewish Community of Sedona and Verde Valley in association with Steve Douglas of Artists in Rhythm will present the fourth in a “Community Concert” series that benefits the JCSVV’S Endowment Fund.

Kudos – June 20, 2007
Sylvia Somerville – Chamber View
Community concerts at library, Jewish Community Center.

When the public comes to hear “Great Guitar Legends” at the Sedona Public Library on Sunday, they will hear the music of Wes Montgomery, Les Paul, Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, and many others, performed by Artists in Rhythm  (AIR) with guest artist Jack Petersen. …All concerts feature a bit of music education prior to the performance to enhance the audience’s enjoyment.

Performing, as ‘Artists in Rhythm’ are some of the best musicians in Arizona, coming together as duos, trios, quartets and larger ensembles. Douglas' interest in music goes beyond his AIR performances. He is a newly appointed commissioner on the Sedona Arts and Culture Commission, which recommends policy regarding arts and culture programs to the Sedona City Council.

Arizona Bride – Fall/Winter 2007
Your Guide To The Stars: The Sedona Dream Team

Music: Artist in Rhythm
With more than 40 years under his belt as a musician, Artist in Rhythm owner Steve Douglas has mastered the art of providing the perfect soundtrack at weddings. Unlike bands with a certain shtick, Douglas assembles every one of his bands based around the needs of each bridal couple. Do you want a swing band? No problem. How about a jazz trio? Can do. As a classically trained string bass and guitar player, he says there is no request that he and his fellow musicians can’t meet. “We all read music, so there is nothing we can’t play.” One recent bride wanted a bagpiper to perform the Notre Dame fight song; Douglas lined one up-no sweat. As a surefire way to live up to the expectations of each bride, he gets a song list from each couple and has them highlight the songs into categories according to when they would like to hear each tune-everything from Dire Straits to John Mayer. “Everything about a wedding is expected to be perfect. The least I can do is provide exactly the kind of music the couple wants to hear.”


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