Born in Schenectady, New York on April 23rd, 1961. Doug Sertl was handed his first trombone at age 10 when he joined the grade school band because "that's what we're short of in the band". By the time he was in high school he was taking private lessons and by his senior year he was involved in local freelance work in local pit orchestras and performing with top name entertainers at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.
He attended the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York from 1979 to 1980. During his studies there he got a call to go on the road to Europe with Paul Anka. For the next few years he traveled and toured with various Pop and jazz singers and then returned to New York's Hudson Valley.
His first Album as a leader was released in 1983. Doug Sertl & The Jazz Menagerie featuring Doug and his Big Band received a 41/2 star review in Downbeat that same year. This also began a 20 year association with legendary baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola with whom Doug would record a half dozen albums.
Throughout the 80s and 90s Doug continued to build a reputation as one of the best jazz, freelance and studio trombonists releasing a half dozen big band and small group albums. Maintaining a busy schedule both as a freelance player and a soloist at jazz festivals, colleges and with his quartet and quintet. He's recorded and/or performed with a long list of artists including Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis, Jr, Mark Murphy, Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Nick Brignola, Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Conte Condoli, Roger Kellaway and many more.
Today he resides in the Hudson Valley of New York with a schedule of freelance, recording and guest artist appearances. New albums are being released and in production. With an effortless, technically brilliant and hard-swinging style, Doug Sertl begins a new chapter in a long career as one of today's leading trombone soloists and recording artists.