Born in July, 1948 in St. Augustine, Florida, American Jazz musician, Doug Carn, is from a time when Jazz was the rebel among the musical genres, straying from the norm and owning its originality outright. Jazz first began within the African-American communities in New Orleans in the 19th and 20th centuries. Carn entered the musical scene during the "timeline" when change was constant yet music persisted.
His beginning in music was on the piano followed by the organ and the alto sax. A multi-instrumentalist, Carn studied composition and oboe at Jacksonville University and completed his education in 1969 at Georgia State College. He signed with Black Jazz Records and released multiple albums.
Joining forces with Chris Lightburn and Reverend H.L. Patterson at St. Mary's Baptist Church, the trio founded Lincolnville Restoration and Development Committee in St. Augustine. In 1979, a group project was to create an annual Lincolnville Festival in celebration of past Jazz musicians who played music through thick and thin, keeping spirits alive and thriving, regardless of their circumstances. Today, the festival is one of St. Augustine's biggest cultural events.