Doug Scharf began working as a trumpet player and composer/arranger in the early 1970′s in his home town of Chicago. He played and arranged for the Dave Remington and Roger Pemberton bands, Chicago’s best big bands at that time. Scharf’s abilities as a jazz improviser kept him busy playing modern and traditional jazz gigs. In 1986 Scharf moved to Los Angeles and wrote music and played trumpet in the house band for the Late Show With Joan Rivers. For that, he wrote original themes and also arrangements for guests such as Elton John and Thomas Dolby. Other writing/conducting work included large orchestral sessions for Roy Orbison, Cher, Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lynne, Phil Ramone, George Benson, Juan Gabriel, TV show “Major Dad,” and movies “Fern Gully,” and “Salsa.” While in L.A. Scharf played with the big bands of Bob Florence, Louie Bellson, and Ray Anthony.
As a trumpet player, Scharf has worked for Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Max Roach, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Chuck Mangione, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Clark Terry, Kenny Burrell, Tito Puente, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Glen Campbell, Curtis Mayfield, Steve Allen, Whitney Houston, Thomas Dolby, Phil Ramone, Jerusalem Jazz Festival, and several appearances at Chicago Jazz Festival. He currently performs with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the bands of Brad Williams and Eddie Harrison, and the TV show “Svengoolie.”