Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste Chosen for French-American Exchange Program

Posted by: Russell on November 19, 2014 @ 5:54 pm
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Dave Douglas and French pianist Frank Woeste are 1 of 5 selected duos to take part in the French-American Jazz exchange program. The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States. A partnership of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, music concepts, and professional relationships.

French pianist Frank Woeste will collaborate with trumpeter Dave Douglas to create a new repertoire for a jazz quartet comprised of trumpet, bass, piano, and drums based on the work of Man Ray, the influential American modern artist who was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th Century. Influenced by Ray’s works known as “readymades,” which were pieces created out of ordinary, everyday objects, the project, entitled, “The Art of Reinvention,” will include time for composition and rehearsals followed by a recording session in New York.

Here are some words about the program from Greenleaf Music Chief Officer, Dave Douglas:

The French American Jazz Exchange is the kind of crazy idea that miraculously erupts in crazy new music! I am so grateful to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the other organizations involved in making these musical dreams a reality. This is a project that should occur across all sorts of boundaries geographical, political, and human.

Look at the projects this year alone: Nicole Mitchell with Sylvan Kassap, Steve Lehman with Maciek Lasserre, Somi with Herve Samb, and Yosvany Terry with Baptiste Trotignon. My project this year will be a new collaboration with French pianist Frank Woeste. Our project will be in dedication to French American surrealist, Man Ray. We will produce new music for a quartet including Matt Brewer, bass, and Clarence Penn, drums. I met Frank when I was introduced to him in another French-sponsored project, a collaboration with Ibrahim Maalouf.

We are both writing music now. Man Ray is a rich font of inspiration, and the cross-cultural aspects of his program speak to both Frank and myself.

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Dave Douglas & Uri Caine at SubCulture December 16

Posted by: Russell on November 17, 2014 @ 10:53 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas


We’re happy to announce that Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas will be performing with pianist Uri Caine at SubCulture on December 16th. They’ll be performing music from their 2014 release Present Joys. Don’t miss this rare New York City appearance by this fantastic duo! Get your tickets here.

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Dave Douglas Jazz Workshop: Composition, Rehearsal, Improvisation

Posted by: Russell on November 13, 2014 @ 3:26 pm
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Join renowned composer and bandleader Dave Douglas in an intimate setting for a workshop focused on drawing out the essence of working with your band. Learn important insights into the process of composing for small ensembles and rehearsing them effectively in order to create a focused, fun and dynamic environment for improvisation. RSVP by December 3rd to workshop@greenleafmusic.com, there are limited spots available! See details below.

Price: $75
December 7, 2014
1 – 4 PM
Michiko Studios – Stage Room
149 West 46th Street (map)
New York, NY
RSVP by December 3: workshop@greenleafmusic.com

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 26: Kirk Knuffke

Posted by: Russell on November 10, 2014 @ 10:43 am
Filed under: Podcast

2The ANFTD team often gets nerdy about music but here they go truly deep into the world of brass geekdom with cornetist/composer Kirk Knuffke.  Funny stories of Louis Armstrong, Bill Goodwin, Jim McNeely and Enrico Rava as Dave and Michael ask Kirk about his approach to playing and composing music.



Music featured on this episode:

  • Kettle - Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Bruise - Ron Miles w/Bill Frisell and Brian Blade, “Quiver” (Enja)
  • Chorale – Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Good Good - Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Root - Kirk Knuffke Trio w/Mark Helias and Bill Goodwin, (release pending)
  • Pepper - Kirk Knuffke Trio w/Mark Helias and Bill Goodwin, (release pending)
  • School - Kirk Knuffke Quartet w/Russ Lossing, Michael Formanek and Billy Hart,  “Chorale”  (Steeple Chase)
  • Jesus Maria - Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow “1961” (ECM)
  • West End Blues-Louis Armstrong, “Hot Fives and Sevens” (Definitive)


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Sound Prints on Tour in Europe

Posted by: Russell on November 6, 2014 @ 4:50 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh

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Sound Prints, the acclaimed band co-led by Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano is set to begin a European tour next week!  Now’s your chance to catch this great band, featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron, as they play a mix of Douglas and Lovano originals as well as new compositions written by Wayne Shorter. See the dates below!

Auditori de Barcelona / Barcelona, ES
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Theatre Des Louvrais / Pontoise, FR
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Reithalle im KulturForum / Offenburg, FR
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Bielskie Centrum Kultury / Bielsko-Biała, PL
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Jazzclub Unterfahrt / Munich, DE
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Moods im Shiffbau / Zürich, CH
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Sala Sinopoli / Roma, IT
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Copenhagen Jazz House / Copenhagen, DK
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National Jazz Scene / Oslo, NO
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Nefertiti Jazzklubb / Göteborg, SE
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Barbican Centre / London, UK
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Riverside in Canada in November!

Posted by: Russell on October 28, 2014 @ 6:50 pm
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Riverside, a group inspired by the music of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre and co-lead by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Chet Doxas, will appear twice in Alberta in November. The quartet aims to show their appreciation and respect for the late reedsman and composer, but rather than being just a tribute band and simply performing Giuffre’s repertoire, Douglas and Doxas have composed new music that highlights their inspiration. The piano-less configuration allows for harmonic freedom and gives the group the ability to emphasize the original compositions as well. The band will feature Dave Douglas on trumpet, Chet Doxas on saxophone, Jim Doxas on drums & Joe Grass on pedal steel and guitar. We hope to see you there! See below for details.

November 6, 8:00 pm
Edmonton Jazz Society/Yardbird Suite (tickets)
11 Tommy Banks Way (Corner of 102 Street & 86 Avenue)
Edmonton, Alberta

November 7 , 9:00 pm
JazzYYC Jazz Fest (tickets)
Ironwood Stage and Grill
1229 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta

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Ryan Keberle at Constellation Chicago!

Posted by: Russell on October 21, 2014 @ 2:52 pm
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Greenleaf Music trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle appears tomorrow at 9:30pm for FREE(!) at Constellation Chicago. Ryan Keberle & Catharsis, Chicago Edition will feature Keberle on trombone, Brad Mason on trumpet, Josh Abrams on bass, and Makaya McCraven on drums. More more information click here. Don’t forget to check out Ryan’s album Into the Zone here!

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★ Sound Prints at The Village Vanguard in the NY Times!

Posted by: Russell on October 17, 2014 @ 3:39 pm
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Joe Lovano and Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas will appear at The Village Vanguard from Tuesday through October 26th. The band will feature music from their upcoming live recording on Blue Note records. (Check out a track here!) Get your tickets to the run at the Vanguard here. We hope to see you!

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Matt Ulery and “In the Ivory” on Tour!

Posted by: Russell on October 15, 2014 @ 8:15 pm
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We’re all excited here at Greenleaf Music about the ongoing tour of bassist/composer Matt Ulery. His latest double record “In the Ivory” is a gem (preview here). Check him out in a city near you:

Oct 14
New York, NY
7:00pm (tickets)

Oct 15
An Die Musik
Baltimore, MD
8:00pm (tickets)

Oct 16
Bethesda Blues and Jazz
Bethesda, Maryland
8:00pm (tickets)

Oct 17 & 18
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
8:00pm (tickets)

Oct 19
Drom NYC
New York, NY
8:00pm (tickets)

Oct 21
Kerrytown Concert House
Ann Arbor, MI
8:00pm (tickets)

Oct 22
SpeakEZ Lounge
Grand Rapids, MI
9:00pm (tickets)

Oct 23
Merrimans’ Playhouse
South Bend, IL
8:00pm (tickets)

Oct 24 – Oct 25
Cliff Bell’s
Detroit, MI
8:00pm (tickets)

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Spark of Being/Keystone Bundle!

Posted by: Russell on October 9, 2014 @ 4:13 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Keystone, Keystone, Spark Of Being


To celebrate Keystone’s live performance at MoMA on October 14th (please read here if you haven’t yet) we’re having a Keystone sale! For every Spark of Being album purchase through October 19th you’ll receive a free copy of the the first Keystone CD/DVD. Stop by the Greenleaf Music Online Store now!

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