We are continuing our 20% off sale on the Dave Douglas Quintet albums Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery at the Greenleaf Music Online Store. Enter the discount code “ddbirdland” at checkout to redeem!
The Dave Douglas Quintet continues to play 2 sets at 8:30pm and 11:00pm at Birdland through August 23rd (get your tickets here). We are offering 20% off these classic DD Quintet titles (Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery) for the duration of the run at the Greenleaf Music Online Store. Enter coupon code “ddbirdland” at checkout to redeem!
Last night kicked off the Dave Douglas Quintet run (from August 19th – 23rd. Get your tickets here) at Birdland with sterling performances from all the band members. We are offering 20% off the classic DD Quintet titles Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery for the whole week at the Greenleaf Music Online Store. Enter coupon code “ddbirdland” at checkout to redeem!
We are very excited to announce that Matt Ulery’s In the Ivory is available for pre-order on iTunes! Receive an instant download of the track “There’s a Reason and A Thousand Ways” when you pre-order. In the Ivory officially releases on September 16th and will be available as a double CD.
Expanding upon the artistic and critical success of his 2012 double album By a Little Light, Chicago bassist-composer Matt Ulery returns with In the Ivory on Dave Douglas’ acclaimed independent label Greenleaf Music – eighty minutes of resplendent, lyrical, transportive, and impeccably performed chamber-jazz music. Inspired and motivated by the musical and personal relationships developed while recording and performing By a Little Light–Ulery’s most ambitious project to date–In the Ivory explores the idea of consciousness through patient, lyrical composition.
Check out the star on The New York Times listing for the Dave Douglas quintet at Birdland this week. To celebrate the occasion we are offering 20% off these classic DD Quintet titles at the Greenleaf Music Online Store: Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery. Enter coupon code “ddbirdland” at checkout to redeem! We hope to see you on 44th street! Click here for tickets.
★ Dave Douglas Quintet (Tuesday through Aug. 23) The industrious trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas broke in a terrific new band last year, releasing two albums on his own Greenleaf label: “Be Still,” a contemplative recasting of Protestant hymns, and “Time Travel,” a more rambunctious postbop outing. The quintet — with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums — will most likely draw from both releases here. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080,birdlandjazz.com; $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
Greenleaf Music is proud to announce a pair of European appearances by the Dave Douglas Quintet. One at the Jazz Middleheim Festival in Antwerp on August 14th and the other at the Jihočeský Jazzový Festival in Česke Budějovice on August 15th. These two dates will feature the usual working quintet featuring Jon Irabagon on saxophone, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. The quintet will then hurry back across the Atlantic to New York for a weeklong engagement at Birdland from August 19th through August 23rd. We hope to see you!
Present Joys has been out for 2 weeks and we couldn’t be more excited about the press we’ve received about this release. See highlights below and get your copy of Present Joys here.
A note from Dave Douglas:
Extraordinary for me to see all these thoughts! Much appreciated. Uri Caine and I have learned a lot touring this music. Thanks to all of you who have shared it. If you have not picked up the CD, now is a good time. And thanks for your support. We need it and appreciate it.
4 stars “Alluring … a 2014 jazz highlight.”
John Fordham, The Guardian/UK
“I felt smarter after listening to Present Joys. Along with pianist Uri Caine, Douglas’ approach on this record sounds like Nas on Illmatic or the Grateful Dead at their live shows. He opens a channel into the middle of his musicianship and just lets it all flow out without anything superfluous or presumptuous.”
Alex Marianyi, NextBop
“While Present Joys features a stripped-down instrumentation, the utterly in-sync duo of Douglas and Caine also reaches lofty artistic heights and resonances.”
Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
4 stars … “Trumpeter Dave Douglas continues his exploration of traditional New England music with this delightful and intimate duet album, featuring pianist Uri Caine. Though contemporary in scope, each track reflects the sparse harmonies, dignified phrasing and sense of community of a bygone era.”
Mike Hobart, Financial Times
8/10 … “Quite extraordinary. The folk tradition through jazz. I suppose it’s easy to embrace the tendency of adventurous musicians, of any artists with a taste for the edgy, to move back to lyricism and tradition. I’m wary of my affection for this recording and for Be Still for that reason, in the same way that I hesitate to laud Coltrane’s Ballads album. But these records are not retreats of bold playing at all — they are an expansion of a great artist’s sensibility, a way the artist has found to dare himself to focus, to refine, to move in new ways. Dave Douglas and Uri Caine are good enough to stand up to making ‘pretty’ music, even traditional music. They pass the test and come out still surprising us.”
Will Layman popmatters.com
“Spiritual music, solid as Shaker furniture and often as sober as a Quaker meeting, performed by two attuned virtuosos who have worked together in various configurations for more than 20 years. In the closing ballad ‘Zero Hour,’ Caine’s gorgeously joyous response to Douglas’s more serious reflections create[s] a brand new world in five minutes and change.”
Richard Gehr, Wonderingsound.com
Greenleaf Music is excited to celebrate a weekend of New York performances from two of our artists, Linda Oh and newcomer Ryan Keberle.
Bassist Linda Oh will perform at The Blue Note Jazz Club on Friday, August 1st at midnight with her group Sun Pictures featuring Matt Stevens on guitar, Troy Roberts on saxophone and drummer (fellow Greenleaf Music label-mate) Rudy Royston who is fresh off his bandleading debut at The Village Vanguard. We are offering a 24-hour sale on Linda’s album Sun Pictures by using the discount code “glmweekend” at The Greenleaf Music Online Store. To make reservations for Linda’s Blue Note performance, click here.
We are also excited to announce that trombonist Ryan Keberle is joining the Greenleaf Music roster. His Greenleaf Music debut Into The Zone features his band Catharsis and special appearances by veteran saxophonist Scott Robinson and the gifted Chilean-born vocalist Camila Meza. Ryan and Catharsis will be playing music from Into the Zone at The Jazz Gallery on August 2nd at 9 and 11 pm. For tickets and more information click here. Into the Zone will be released on September 30; for sneak previews of Into the Zone and exclusive access to the extensive Greenleaf Music Catalog become a subscriber today!
We had a wonderful European tour that wrapped late last week and which found us zig zagging our way across the continent, marked with memorable shows and people along the way. The fun didn’t stop there, however. After returning home from these incredible two weeks, it was straight to packing boxes. My wife and I, and our two daughters now call Brooklyn home. We will miss Montreal but are excited for this new chapter to begin.
Starting off in Bucharest on July 4 was an unforgettable experience. After looking back on the performance and setting, this ended up being one of my favourite shows. This is kind of funny because it was the last show to come in on our summer bookings, literally one week before we left. When we got there, one would’ve thought the show had been planned for a year. Every detail was thought of, the crew and hospitality were great and even the advertising was spot on. Dave and I shook some hands and signed some records and read some great translations on menus. The highlight: Beaten and tormented beef for the pleasure of your taste.
Next, July 5, we were off to beautiful Vigo, Spain. I knew this was going to be a show to remember when our driver from the airport seldom let the speedometer dip below 190 km/h on our two hour trip. It was a pleasantly smooth ride, even with Dave and Steve in hot pursuit. We played in the town square that night where Steve, due to airline malfunction, had to return to an old friend – the 4 stringed Fender Jazz bass. Although Steve would’ve liked to have had his own instrument, a beautiful 5 stringed Citron, it was a welcomed reminder to me that it is, indeed, the player and not the instrument that makes the music. Steve played great and it was fun to hear him on a different bass. A bit of Duck Dunn and Carol Kaye in there.
On July 6 we made our way to Marigliano, Italy (close to Naples). The name of the game was finding Steve’s bass. Everything worked out and when we arrived back at the venue, after eating the best pizza I’ve ever had, Steve’s mainsqueeze was waiting for him on the bandstand. Another concert in the town square on a beautiful night, hard to beat!
July 7 took us to Geneva. We were supposed to play in city hall square but the weather decided for us. We ended up being pleasantly surprised by our indoor alternative, Victoria Hall. It was great to be playing in a concert hall after four outdoor venues in a row andthis show was recorded for radio broadcast for a later date. Look out.
The next night, July 8, was our first night off and Riverside was a bit banged up. Lots of flights and little sleep, the band was ready for a reset. Thanks to a restaurant recommendation from fellow horn player, Ohad Talmor, we made our way to a nice little Italian restaurant and kicked back. Dave’s treat! Thanks again chef d’orchestre.
July 9 is when things got really interesting. We flew into Timisoara, Romania, and then had a 3 hr van ride straight up hill to home base, Garana. The roads are one and half lanes wide and two ways. Close calls seem common place here, as our driver didn’t seem too concerned with near head-on collisions. An exciting ride, to say the least. A day off in the woods at the Gasthof Tirol lodge was a definite change of scenery and vibe. Our generous host, Andrea and her family, took us swimming, kept fed and watered, and kept us safe from the roaming dogs! No joke, there were dogs everywhere. Semi-domesticated/semi-wild, the dogs snack on ankles and bike tires.
On July 10 we did what we were brought to Garana to do. Another 25 mins into the mountains and we arrived at the stage. It was a really cool venue. The seating is provided by hundreds of giant tree trunks in multiple rows. People use these as benches and I gather that the venue is used year-round for a variety of shows. It was a fun show. I remember Dave coaxing his tune Backyard into rhythm changes for his solo section and tearing it up! It’s not often that you get to hear Dave play bebop but man, you can really hear his love and appreciation of the music and the language that has been such a big part of this music. Another highlight was getting to hang with and hear the saxophonist, Andy Sheppard. His playing has always knocked me out and his trio played a beautiful set that night. He’s a great player and composer, and continues to be an inspiration to me.
We left Timi Soara, complete with another death-defying car ride, and flew to Rotterdam on July 11. Another family dinner, care of Dave (thanks again!) was a great way to end an epic travel day.
On July 12 we played at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The North Sea fest is wall to wall music. It takes place in a giant conference center so all the concert go-er has to do is walk across the hall to hear another act. We played in the Hudson room after Tineke Postma who’s band included Greg Osby, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh and Dan Weiss. It was really nice to see some familiar faces, have some laughs, a glass of wine,and toss around some Tim and Eric quotes. Also, Danilo Perez’s trio played after us and they played beautifully. John Patitucci played mostly electric bass and Brian Blade was his, usual, brilliant self. To open the show and to recognize the passing of Charlie Haden we played his composition, Silence.
July 13 had us going back to Spain to El Puerto de Santa Maria. Yup, the same as the boat. Sergio, our main man in Spain, took us to a wonderful spot for lunch where he did the ordering and we happily did the eating.
This was the day of the world cup final so after some long afternoon naps, we met to watch the game and eat dinner. After the first overtime half we made our way down the street to Osborne wines and played a wonderful show. Considering that it was an outdoor venue, the sound was remarkable. Steve played an amazing acappella solo on an old hymn that Dave brought in called Arbacoochee. Hard to ask for more in a night than that!
July 14 is when we lost Steve but gained a wonderful musician named Andy Clausen. We flew into Venice and from there drove into the Dolomites, arriving in time for a late dinner. A great meal with local wines.
On July 15 after a most of the day to walk around the charming mountain town of Cavalese, with rehearsed with Andy. Andy is a very gifted trombone player who memorized the entire repertoire, very creatively covered the role of the bass, and soloed amazingly well. After rehearsal in the room that the hotel provided, which gave us panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, we headed down to the restaurant dinner and more local treats. We got hang with Anna, a new member of the team at Saudades.
We had a great meal then we hit the local mini-putt course for a high stakes game of after dinner fun, capped off with gelato.
On July 16, we headed up the mountain. We were met by the mountain guides who were there to carry of gear up to the venue. Strong lads with good vibes! This was Dave’s fifteenth year of playing in the Suoni della Dolomiti. After one gondola, two chairlifts and a one hour hike we made it to the magical venue. Dave chose the spot and as you can see, it had it all. During the set we changed positions to play from various vantage points. This help create different vibes for different and let us connect on different ways with the crowd.
July 17 we all headed our separate ways home thankful or the experience of getting to share Riverside with new audiences in new places and charged up for the next outing.
Thanks to all of you who picked up our recording Riverside. Great to meet so many listeners out there, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to the next time!