Bill Doggett Productions -  Strategic Marketing,Arts Advocacy,Lectures,Exhibitions Curator

Bill Doggett is a multifaceted  Performing Arts strategic marketing niche specialist, Artist-Composer Relations marketing rep/publicist, award winning historical Archivist, Exhibitions Curator, touring scholarly lecturer/speaker, author and painter-photographer.

Doggett's blended skill sets in strategic marketing, Advertising Agency pitch writing, business development/outside sales, artists relations publicity and talent marketing are focused for musicians, composers, authors and Performing Arts institutions.  
He is the nephew and namesake of the renown Philadelphia jazz pianist/organist and arranger, Bill Doggett associated with The Dawn of Rock n Roll instrumental hit Gold Record Honky Tonk Parts 1/2  and other 'sock hop/juke box' hits of the late 1950s.
Additionally, Doggett is a business and social entrepreneur passionate about Arts advocacy for communities of color.

The Arts- in performance and history- provide a critical agency of opportunity to create dialogue and transform lives.

Doggett is distinguished  in presenting Performing Arts history assisted by an early sound recording archive and multi media  in an historical contextualization linked to current day topics.
This juxtaposition transforms his topics into  powerful opportunities  for inter generational dialogue within and across communities.

Doggett has 25 years experience  in consultative inside and outside sales, Arts organization Board of Director, Administration and Artists and Composer Relations interface skills allowing him to excel as a hybrid of marketing agent and publicist for composers and musicians of Color.
Beginning in 2012, Doggett worked with renown composer, Anthony Davis and gifted emerging Black/Scottish composer, Richard Thompson. He has also provided consultation to new generation composers profiled on his Contemporary Black Composers Resource blog resource

Doggett  also works in Contemporary Jazz , New Music/Performance Art, Blues and Roots Music that showcase blended genres.   He has worked with/supported blended genre artists with a track record from 2010-2012 associated with booking Talent at Yoshi's San Francisco in their 2011-2012 Local Talent Series and 2012-2013 for the annual San Francisco City Hall Black History Month Celebration
This history is showcased here in Strategic Marketing2

He is passionate about the increasing movement in Los Angeles towards diversity casting which  creates critical mirroring on stage . 

Mirroring on stage the diversity of the community in which an Arts organization exists promotes an embrace of new audiences of diverse races, gender/sexual orientations, inter generational  and cross cultural dialogue that is critical for sustainability of Arts organizations with morphing demographics in 2015-2025

View my showcase of this important subject here:

Mirroring on stage --as well as--diversity in venue personnel  sends a institutional message of commitment to The Future of The Arts and  Creative Place Making.     

 I applaud .....The Los Angeles County Music Center and its Board of Directors for embracing this value.  They are at the fore front leading the country as a model for Creative Place Making

Creative Placing Making.... what is it, why is it important to the future of The Performing Arts?

Conversely in the SF Bay Area, I applaud A.C.T. and Carey Perloff for their amazing history of stewardship for diverse casting and challenging their audience to mirror life itself in provocative repertoire. 

About Doggett's  work in this field view: Strategic Marketing,Classical

As a consultant for Composers and musicians, 
Doggett offers these services

  • Retainer or Base+Commission artistic, marketing  and professional consultation based on your niche specific market experience and trends in research and community feedback.  My work is tailored to specific individual financial means.
  • Repertoire and programming consultation.  I have a deep expertise in programming repertoire that will assist your market appeal with an inter generational flavor
  • A short term business plan tailored to your market niche
  • Sales and promotion-real time, Social media and content rich marketing campaigns for project specific events and launches
  • SummaryI offer artistic consultation, repertoire packaging and management and direct sales branding campaigns to enlarge your audience and market share  

  The Billy Strayhorn Centennial November 29, 2015
Billy Strayhorn, The Creative Genius behind
 The Duke Ellington Sound 1939-1967  

Billy Strayhorn-  composer of  the world famous ballad, Lush Life was also the under credited Composer and Genius behind iconic Ellingtonia
  • Take The A Train
  • Satin Doll
  • Chelsea Bridge
  • Johnny Come Lately
  • Something to Live For
  • WWII :The Perfume and Deep South Suites
  • Just a Sittin and a Rockin
  • The Nutcracker/Peer Gynt Suites
  • A Drum is a Woman
  • The Sacred Concerts of 1965

Iconic ELLINGTONIA 1941 written by Billy Strayhorn1939-the first Strayhorn song that Ellington recorded

Important WWII STRAYHORN romantic orchestration that permeated the post WWII Duke Ellington SOUND
To purchase the mp3 of  Nancy Wilson's iconic recording:Visit link

Honored to be the featured Billy Strayhorn Centennial  Presenter at 45JAZZ- University of Pittsburgh's  Jazz in Pittsburgh Showcase November 2-7th 2015:The 45th Annual  Jazz in Pittsburgh Week

With Billy Strayhorn niece, Cheryll  Chakrabarti and host,renown pianist, Geri Allen, Director of Jazz at University of Pittsburgh, November 4th  2015

*Billy Strayhorn was born 3 months before my uncle, Bill Doggett. Both were jazz pianists and arrangers who went to Harlem in 1938 to work as pianists and arrangers: Strayhorn with Duke Ellington,  Doggett with Lucky Millinder at The Savoy Ballroom.  Both would record and promote 
The World of Ellingtonia 
Bill Doggett, pianist/arranger 1941 Lucky Millinder Orchestra pictured in Harlem's famous Savoy Ballroom

In Pittsburgh PA  May 26-31st for the 49th Annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Conference.   I proudly present a multi media presentation, Saturday morning May 30 9:20-9:55 am at Pittsburgh Westin Convention Center, Allegheny Ballroom 2 


==>Newsflash: October 3, 2015 =>
 The premiere of my Documentary Short Film: Emancipation Proclamation:The Journey To Freedom: The Civil War@150 Years

The International Center for American Music presents

Bill Doggett Productions' timely short documentary educational film that honors the coming 150th anniversary Dec 6th 2015 of Congress' ratification of The 13th Amendment that outlawed SLAVERY. 

The soundtrack is a showcase of the power of  Negro spirituals 
 in classic settings by Moses Hogan and dynamic new settings by
Shawn E Okpebholo. 

The visual filmography is stunning and engaging. The Director of Photography is multi media filmographer, Andrew Kimmel  

Part 1 of the film is a great showcase of the many rare premiere recordings of Negro Spirituals in my archive and classic settings of Negro Spirituals by Moses Hogan. 

Part 2 showcases a sample of the rare Abolitionist ahd Civil War newspapers in my Archive accompanied by dynamic new settings of two Spirituals by the contemporary American composer, Shawn Okpebholo.     

** Honoring the 150th anniversary of The 13th Amendment**
 December 1865- December 2015

Newly published, late August 2015

 Emancipation Proclamation: San Francisco and African American Concert Singers: In Paradisum 1880-2000  

Published in  The Argonaut , the Journal of The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

This excellent 16 page  Feature work  filled with rare archival material is available in its digital form for $10.00     
 Visit my STORE to purchase the digital edition here:

Rave Review of  Journal Feature by former San Francisco Opera Chorus member, Ken Malucelli

    " I am continually impressed by the excellent feature articles in The Argonaut, the quarterly published by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, but Bill Doggett’s outstanding piece on African American concert and opera artists struck so close to home, I had to comment.

     Being a native San Franciscan growing up in the Excelsior district during the ‘40s-‘50s, I also had the privilege of being one of the first members of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, right off the bat an ethnically diverse group.  In addition, my Italian father and his brothers owned and operated a grocery store in the heart of the then-predominately-black Fillmore district.  And last, I was a Professional Chorister with San Francisco Opera from 1972-1989, and became friendlly with several singers mentioned in Mr. Doggett’s article. 
     The photos of Leontyne Price reminded me of being on stage with her during one of her last performances of Aïda; the photo of Leona Mitchell brought to mind her lovely Micaela (Carmen) and Liù (Turandot), and the mention of Reri Grist reminded me of the photo I have of her and me posing in costume (Manon, 1981) for a magazine article.

     Bill Doggett’s piece should be reprinted in SF Opera’s season programs as well as in other arts magazines and publications.  It is a vital link to the histories, both political and cultural, of African American artists."




1945 August: VJ Day San Francisco Examiner: From the important archive of Bay Area Journalism of WWII in The Bill Doggett Historic Newspapers Collection1945 May ALAMEDA STAR: Rare newspaper in The Bill Doggett SF Bay Area WWII Collection

Proud to be an Exhibitions Curator and historian at these important SF Bay Area commemorations.

The first video   newly on line focuses on The African American migration from the Jim Crow South to San Francisco to work in the massive War Effort shipbuilding programs 1941-45.

 My presentation also focuses in on  the dissonance of vestiges of Jim Crow and issues of employment discrimination and segregation in the War Effort experience of African Americans in San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond.

It also looks at the  critical role of Black women as symbols of social progress in messaging  by The Kaiser Shipyard public relations machine- as "Negro Rosie The Riveter". Yet, the national image and messaging in the  print media of "Rosie The Riveter" was never African American and always White as seen in this iconic photograph


* Disclaimer: the auditorium lighting was unexpectedly turned off  as I began to speak, hence I read my prepared remarks in the dark...
 I was professional and presented in spite of the challenge.

****  This multi media presentation can be repeated anywhere in the USA. The topic of Black Migration for The War Effort and the published vs unpublished  iconic images of  Rosie The Riveter are topics that extend beyond San Francisco****   Contact me to book this for your organization

NEW: Sound Cloud  AUDIO ONLY mp 3 of Multi Media Video. Soundcloud mp3 can posted to any INTERNET RADIO portal with my advance permission.

May 1943 Kaiser Shipyards Richmond,CA.  Lena Horne christens
The USS George Washington Carver named for the famous African American inventor.   One of the many rare images in this Multi media presentation

The second video features  my visit with 94 year old  Allied 8th Airforce lead bombardier, Herber Kwart.   Kwart flew the landmark missions on D-Day, Meersberg, Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden.  

His extraordinary recall  and story telling of The D Day Invasion, the first Allied bombing air raids over Germany in 1943 and the critical and tragic destruction of Dresden Feb 13-14, 1945 is breathtaking..

  July 11-15, 2015, Philadelphia PA-
A Visit with MARIAN ANDERSON: The Lady from Philadelphia 
@ The 106th Annual N.A.A.C.P Convention   

Narrated,  unscripted with only a few short notes about her awards and shot in 1 1/2  takes, this  14 minute documentary
 replaces my On Site Live
 NAACP Convention mini lectures for The Marian Anderson Historical Society on the Exhibition Floor .    #HISTORYLIVES.

Black History Month 2015-February 11th 7-8:30pm
San Francisco Public Library-Merced Branch 155 Winston Drive
San Francisco, 94132  
Emancipation Proclamation: Race, Image and Sound: African American image in American Popular Culture: From Minstrelsy to Spirituals
May 2014 48th annual Conference:Association for Recorded Sound Collections

2/11/15 Friends of SF Library Multi Media Lecture:part of City Wide events for Black History Month-see program below 
2/11/15 Friends of SF Library Multi Media Lecture:part of City Wide events for Black History Month-see program below
2/11/15 Friends of SF Library Multi Media Lecture:part of City Wide events for Black History Month-see program below
Demonstration of rare 1902 Collins and Harlan Minstrel Team ANNOUNCED American Record: Possum Pie OR The Stuttering CoonSisseretta Jones,

78s played=Collins&Harlan-Stuttering Coon, N...&The Possum,Bert Williams-Eve Cost Adam a Bone,1909 Victor Fisk Jubilee Singers 1st Session 78s, andTuskegee Jubilee Singers, Hall Johnson Negro Choir[Green Pastures Spirituals] 1902 American Record: Possum Pie or The Stuttering Coon:Very rare Cylinder like flat disc with Announcement by Artists of Song Title: part of my Early Sound Archive Document of Coon/Minstrelsy World

City Wide Events program of Friends of San Fran Library:Emancipation Proclamation:Race,Image and Sound

The 50th Anniversary
Malcolm X --  March on Selma--Voting Rights Act--The Watts Riots
February 21st, March 7th, August  5th,  August 11th


The intensity of this time in American history is brilliantly captured in Anthony Davis's work for  theater and the opera stage:
X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X   
   Listen to an extended showcase below on Soundcloud

Celebrating History
Bill Doggett Productions,As Exhibitions Curator/Archivist is featured in The 5th Annual San Francisco History Expo- February 28-March 1st 2015 at the historic 1906 Earthquake surviving Old Mint.    
This year celebrates The Centennial of the 1915 San Francisco Pan Pacific International Exposition that announced the rebirth of the city after The Great 1906 Earthquake      View the Slide Show

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