When the Grammys are handed out in Los Angeles at the end of January, a Waukesha connection – with a Latin vibe – will be among the nominees. Colin Douglas, a drummer and percussionist who graduated from Waukesha's North High School, is a member of the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, whose album Latin Jazz - Jazz Latin is nominated in the Latin Jazz category. Douglas, 37, attended the Music Conservatory at Lawrence University in Appleton, and then studied at the Manhattan School of Music on a scholarship. He has lived in San Francisco for 12 years, where he teaches guitar and is an in-demand session musician when not on the road.
Douglas' musical roots run deep: His father is legendary record producer Jack Douglas who, in addition to recording classic albums with Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, the New York Dolls and other '70s heavyweights, produced Double Fantasy, John Lennon's final album with Yoko Ono. Jack Douglas was married to Waukesha's Delores Theil and while the Brooklyn-born producer never lived here, he spent many years in the area while his kids grew up. While here, he famously discovered Cheap Trick playing at Waukesha's Sunset Bowl in 1976 – the year son Colin was born.
How will proud papa be spending Grammy night? Aerosmith's Steven Tyler has already announced that he will grab an entire row at the ceremony for family and friends. “All the guys in Aerosmith know and love Colin and are really, really excited,” Jack Douglas told Milwaukeemag.com.