Doug Abrams is a theorist, composer, pianist, and arranger. He has a PhD in music theory from UMass Amherst (2023); his dissertation is titled “Rhythmic Complexity in Jazz: An Information Theory Approach.” In 2015 he published a paper in the journal Jazz Perspectives titled “Recursive Structure and Inversional Pitch-Class Relations in Thelonious Monk’s ‘Ruby, My Dear’: An Analytical Approach to ‘Monkishness’.” In addition to his PhD, he has a master’s degree in music theory from UMass Amherst (2014), a master’s degree in jazz piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music (1999), and a bachelor’s degree in physics with a minor in math from M.I.T. (1996). He has recorded two CD’s of original compositions (“Looking Forward” and “In This Moment”). As a freelance pianist, he has had the good fortune of appearing professionally with James Moody, Dick Oatts, Charles Neville, Kristof Knoche, The New York Voices, Johanna Grüssner, Eivind Opsvik, and Dan Weiss. As an undergraduate he performed Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the M.I.T. Symphony Orchestra (1995). He has appeared in venues including Birdland (NYC), Fasching Jazz Club (Stockholm), and The Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA). His big-band arrangements have been performed by the Johanna Grüssner Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Composers Orchestra at UMass Amherst, and the Amherst Jazz Orchestra directed by Jeff Holmes. He recorded his arrangement of “Violets For Your Furs” for voice, clarinet, string quartet, piano and bass with guest artist Marty Ehrlich on clarinet.