The Markley Band was formed in 1978. They have performed Doug's original music in hundreds of clubs and concerts over the last 28 years throughout the United States. Doug started playing lap steel guitar at the age of 7. He recorded 4 spiritual albums with the Joe Clemmer Band, a local music store owner in the Philadelphia suburbs. He formed the band ?Elysian Fields? in high school. Then joined the rock band ?Cagney? from Blackwood, New Jersey.
Doug started playing lap steel guitar at the age of 7. He recorded 4 spiritual albums with the Joe Clemmer Band, a local music store owner in the Philadelphia suburbs. He formed the band ?Elysian Fields? in high school. Then joined the rock band ?Cagney? from Blackwood, New Jersey. He went to the University of Miami School of Music for 4 years. Doug took sight reading lessons from Pat Metheney there. Other students at the time included Bruce Hornsby, Jaco Pastorius, and Steve Morse.
Doug's father died and he moved back to Philadelphia where he started the Markley Band, an original jazz fusion band. All the tunes played by the band were written by Doug. At that time, the late seventies, jazz fusion was a new music form in the area. The band knocked down a lot of doors to play in rock and disco clubs.
The Markley Band landed a two record deal with Accord Records from New York. The single ?Sunrise? off of ?The Markley Band? album was distributed by Capitol Records and got heavy rotation on radio stations across the country. ?Sunrise? also was included in ?The Real Book vol.II? The second album ?On The Mark? which included Darryl Brown on drums and Dave Larue on bass did quite well.
After the Accord deal Doug signed with the Omaha based record company Visual Musik. He released a compilation CD ?The Sounds That Move Air? Then he released the ?Philly Fillet? CD. Doug's tunes from the ?Philly Fillet? CD were used on the soap opera ?All My Children? for nearly a decade. Musicians on the CD include Andy Snitzer (sax), Doc Gibbs (percussion), Ted Baker (keyboards), and Chris Jones (drums), the son of Philly Joe Jones.
Doug started recording independently with the CD ?Sunset Dance? which was produced by Phil Nicolo. The CD includes musicians Dean Sophocles (keys), Bill Butryn (sax), Chico Huff (bass), and Andy Kravitz (drums). The ?Sunset Dance? CD was followed by the release of ?On The Half Shell?. Doug teamed up with sax player Bill Butryn for this one. The spiritual CD ?Believe? followed. The ?Not So Blue? CD, which features Dean Sophocles and Bill Butryn, was then released. ?Lift? a techno jazz funk CD was released. "Connected" the latest release by Doug is a Jeff Beck inspired instrumental guitar CD.
The Markley Band has performed thousands of shows and concerts and has performed with Robert Cray, Rick Derringer, Spyra Gyra, Stanley Jordan, Larry Coryell, and Jeff Lorber, to name a few.
Doug's melodic tunes have been used for numerous radio and television shows across the country and continue to be sought after for commercial use. If you listen to the radio or watch television you have undoubtedly heard his music.Doug continues to play and record music for his fans all over the world. He lives with his family outside of Philadelphia.