Khabu Young

Affiliate Faculty Music
BA Music Naropa University
Naropa Ensemble / Naropa Composers & Improvisors Ensemble / Guitar & Uke Lab / Improvisation / Musicianship 1-4 / Private Music Lessons (guitar, bass, ukulele, composition)

Khabu Doug Young, guitarist and composer, currently resides in Boulder CO after 20 years in New York City as an active musician and teaching artist . He has toured the US, Canada, Europe, and India with renowned musicians such as Art Lande and Paul McCandless. He performed with various groups around NYC with Jacob Sacks, Slog, DYGG, ok / ok, Alec Haavik, Yoon Sun Choi’s E-String Band, New York Mandolin Ensemble, Kendra Shank, and Elliot Sharp in venues such as Sweet Rhythm, 55 Bar, The Stone, The Knitting Factory, Tonic, Barbes, Zebulon, Cornelia St Café, Bar Next Door, Bar4, Detour, and I-Beam Brooklyn. He plays major Jazz and Ukulele festivals abroad and in the US. / / Khabu teaches guitar, ukulele, and improvisation for all instruments. He has held numerous workshops and clinics throughout Europe and North America, in schools such as Arizona State University (Phoenix), Bennington College (VT), California State University (Hayward), Denver University (CO), HSPVA (Houston TX), SUNY (New Paltz), University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), University of California (Santa Cruz), University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), Williams College (MA), Wichita State University (KS). Mr. Young was commissioned by the Armour Foundation to compose new works for ukulele for two consecutive years. Most recently, he was awarded a second Pathways To Jazz grant through the Boulder County Arts Alliance. The first grant was for the album ‘Lubbock’ featuring Art Lande & Bruce Williamson, while the second upcoming release with the same personnel is titled ‘Oneirogenia’. He is currently an adjunct professor at Naropa University. / / Born in Lubbock, TX, Khabu grew up in Houston and attended the High School For The Performing And Visual Arts (HSPVA). He studied at William Paterson College (Wayne, NJ) and at Naropa University (Boulder, CO). There he soon became an adjunct faculty member and formed The Russian Dragon Band with Art Lande. In 1996 he moved to New York City and began working with artists from all disciplines: theater, dance, spoken word, film, as well as musicians of many styles. His discography includes over 30 recordings.

  • Young / Lande / Williamson ‘Oneirogenia’ (SYNERGY MUSIC) 2022 – Khabu Doug Young – guitar/baritone guitar; Art Lande – piano/melodica/spoken word; Bruce Williamson – soprano & alto sax/clarinet/bass clarinet/flute
  • Young / Lande / Williamson ‘Lubbock’ (SYNERGY MUSIC) 2018 – Khabu Doug Young – guitar/baritone guitar; Art Lande – piano/melodica/spoken word; Bruce Williamson – soprano & alto sax/clarinet/bass clarinet/flute
  • Khabu Young Dog ‘Khabu’Ukulele’ (YEAH YEAH) 2008 – Solo ukulele – tenor/baritone
  • ok / ok ‘eating mantis’ (RKM) 2008 – Kyoko Kitamura (vx), Mike McGinnis (cl, bcl), Khabu Doug Young (gtrs), Tony Moreno (dr)
  • Slog ‘Drew Field 45’ (NCM EAST) 2005 – Brian Drye (tbn), Khabu Doug Young, (gtr), Bob Bowen (bs), Greg Joseph (dr), Bruce Williamson, (bs cl, as)
  • Paul McCandless & Art Lande ‘Shapeshifter’ (SYNERGY) 2005 – Paul McCandless (ss, ts, bs cl, eng horn), Art Lande (pno), Peter Barshay (bs), Alan Hall (dr), Khabu Doug Young (composed “Pompanuk Pond”)
  • Monika H Band ‘Bright’ (MH) 2005 – Monika Heidemann (vx), Matt Moran (vbph), Take Toriyama (dr), Khabu Doug Young (gtr), Massimo Biolcati (bs)
  • Laura Andel Electric Percussive Orchestra ‘In::tension:.’ (ROSSBIN) 2005 – Kyoko Kitanura (vx, elec), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Carl Maguire (kybd, acc), Ursel Schlicht (pno), Kenta Nagai (gtr), Joel Harrison (gtr), Khabu Doug Young (bari gtr), David Simons (theremin, perc), Andrew Drury (perc), Harvey Wirht (dr), Laura Andel (comp, cond)
  • Alec Haavik ‘Rocks’ (RED ANKH) 2004 – Alec Haavik (ts, ss), Khabu Doug Young (gtr), Scott DuBois (gtr), Bob Sabin (bs), Take Toriyama (dr)
  • DDYGG ‘Live at Joan’s’ (NCM EAST) 2004 – Khabu Doug Young (gtr), Mark Dodge (dr), Michael McGinnis (cl, ss, ts), Brian Drye (tbn), Matt Glassmeyer (bs cl, elec)
  • Rob Foster with The Russian Dragon Band ‘How’s That’ (HYLOZOIC) 2003 – Rob Foster (ts, ss, fl, pic, bs fl), Art Lande (pno, dr), Khabu Doug Young (gtr, bar uke), Dwight Kilian (bs), Erik Hargrove (dr, perc)
  • Matt Aiken ‘Detour’ (ELLORY WERKS) 2003 – Jenny Scheinman (vln), Khabu Young (gtr), Drew Waters (bs), Matt Aiken (dr, perc)
  • Mark Nodwell ‘Nemesis’ (SONGLINES) 2003 – Mark Nodwell (comp), Ron Miles (tr); Art Lande (pno), Khabu Doug Young (gtr), Drew Gress (bs), Tom Rainey (dr)
  • Khabu Doug Young and The Russian Dragon Band ‘The Book of Bhu’ (SYNERGY) 2002 – Art Lande (dr), Dwight Kilian (bs, tuba), Shane Endsley (tr, dr), Mark Miller (ts, as, ss, a fl, fl), Bruce Williamson (as, ss, bs cl, cl, fl, pno), Khabu Doug Young (gtr, comp)
  • Mark Nodwell ‘(Co) incidents’ (SONGLINES) 1999 – Mark Nodwell (ss), Francois Houle (cl, bs cl), Eyvind Kang (vla), Khabu Doug Young (gtr), Masayoshi John Anzai (bs), Jack Kahan (dr)

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