ARTIST UPDATE: Frank Woeste

Posted by: mark on April 14, 2017 @ 9:51 pm
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Frank Woeste is a pianist, composer, arranger and producer living in Paris, France. In addition to leading his own groups, he has performed  with Ibrahim Maalouf, Mark Turner, Nasheet Waits, Sylvain Luc and Gretchen Parlato. This week he is on tour in the US with DADA PEOPLE, the collaborative quartet he leads with Dave Douglas.

Frank took some time between shows to discuss his recent musical experiences as well as some future projects:

GLM: You perform regularly in the French-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf‘s group along with DADA PEOPLE drummer Clarence Penn. Having logged so many hours on the road, what is it like to play with Clarence in a different context?

Frank Woeste: It is great! Clarence Penn is a very versatile drummer and he’s always adapting to the situation and not afraid to try new music. I like playing with him also because he’s so interactive. He’s supportive but also always making suggestions musically. So despite the fact that we’ve played a lot together, it stays unpredictable in a good way!

GLM: Your video series, “The Libretto Dialogues” features duets with some wonderful musicians, including Lage Lund, Tigran Hamasyan, Mark Turner and Seamus Blake. How did the series come about and what have you learned from played with this broad range of musicians?

FW: I organized a masterclass cycle at my recording studio, the ‘Studio Libretto.’  I started with Larry Grenadier. We were playing together with Ibrahim Maalouf’s ‘Wind’ project and I got several calls from bass players because they wanted a lesson with Larry! So I decided to organize a masterclass with Larry on an off day of the tour. We recorded a duo song and filmed it to document it. We put the masterclass and the duet on Youtube got a lot of good feedback, so now every time an artist did a Masterclass at Studio Libretto I’d ask if they want to record a duo before and that was the beginning of series!

What have I learned? I’d say I have learned that sometimes it can be good to make music in a context where there’s a certain urgency. For the dialogue series we rarely have more than thirty minutes to record and film. And usually one of us doesn’t know the song coming in and since we’re in the same room well it is what it is. There’s no editing possible so you have to really be in the moment!

GLM: You’re on tour with DADA PEOPLE this week. Having touring Europe in the fall, how has the music changed since the original recording through live performance?

I think the music is progressing in a good way because we know the compositions better now and we can stretch out more.

GLM: How would you compare and contrast the jazz scene in Europe and the US?

I’d need pages to answer this and there’s no general answers as the scenes are made up of individuals that are unique and the term jazz is pretty broad today. But I’d say American musicians in general are probably more rooted in the jazz tradition and history than European musicians, which is natural, I guess. European musicians often search for inspiration outside a pure jazz context. That might be local folkore or classical music, etc.

GLM: Do you have summer touring plans? Any new projects happening?

I’ll be touring this summer with my band Pocket Rhapsody. That album is out on ACT Music with Ben Monder and Justin Brown. I’ll touring with a European line up this summer. I’ll also be touring with Ibrahim Maalouf.

There’s a new co-lead project called ‘Reverso – Suite Ravel’ I recorded with American trombonist and composer (and Greenleaf artist! ed.), Ryan Keberle, featuring French cellist Vincent Courtois and drummer Jeff Ballard. The music we wrote is inspired by Ravel’s “Le tombeau de Couperin”, a suite for solo piano composed between 1914 and 1917, in six movements based on those of a traditional Baroque suite.

Not many composers have inspired jazz musicians as often or as intensely as Maurice Ravel who ironically was one of the first 20th century classical composers to acknowledge Jazz as a valuable inspiration. During his US tour in 1928 Ravel said, “You Americans take jazz too lightly. You seem to see it as a music of little value, vulgar and ephemeral. In my point of view, it is jazz that will give rise to the national music of the United States.” The album will come out in October on my new label Phonoart Records in Europe and on Alternate Side Records in the US. We’ll tour Europe in November and the US in December this year.

Learn more about Frank’s at his website. DADA PEOPLE tour dates can be found here. And you can buy the record via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

Dada People has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).

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Metamorphosis | Delphinus

Posted by: Dave Douglas on April 7, 2017 @ 11:55 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads

Delphinus

Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, Yasushi Nakamura, Matt Mitchell.

I’ve discovered in the course of recording and performing Metamorphosis that I love playing with Wadada Leo Smith. The interaction is profound and instantaneous. Here he plays mostly open horn and I play half harmon muted. We are both sonically and intervallically interweaving with Yasushi’s bowed bass and Matt Mitchell’s modular synthesizer. There are moments where the shape of the constellation Delphinus are clearly apparent. There is also the humor of this dolphin coming to save the day, only to dive back into the deep. This was a truly enjoyable quartet to play in.

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Artist Update: Greg Ward – Spring 2017

Posted by: mark on March 29, 2017 @ 10:05 pm
Filed under: Artist Update, Artists, Greg Ward

Saxophonist and composer Greg Ward is a busy man. Already in 2017 he’s embarked on a multi-week tour of the US as a sideman, hosted a regular weekly gig in Chicago, toured with his trio and performed with innumerable Chicago musicians in a variety of different groups.

His latest project is touring the US Midwest with a new quintet that features some great Chicago musicians: guitarists Dave Miller and Matt Gold, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin Kirchner. The tour takes starts tonight with shows in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. Full details here.

Before departing, Greg checked in with us and provided some insights on his recent musical activities:

The response to your 2016 Greenleaf release Touch My Beloved’s Thought has been wonderful. Now that it has been out in the world for a while, what was it like for you putting out the record? Any surprises?

The Touch My Beloved’s Thought process has been a real pleasure, from start to finish. The entire band is very happy with how the recording came together and with how the record was received. Releasing this recording took a lot of work and planning, which can be strenuous at times, but very rewarding in the end. We performed 7 concerts in support of the release, three of them with dancers included. Every show was incredible. The people who attended the concerts were all very excited and receptive, which is very encouraging. During these shows, the ensemble grew into something different. We really became a band and found all sorts of new ways to perform this music together. I was surprised at how quickly this growth took place.

Are there any future plans with the project? ( I think I heard you were trying get it Europe?)

I’ll be presenting TMBT at the North Sea Jazz Festival in July. Also, there are some future dates coming together for France, possibly. I’d love to record with this project again and have applied for some funding that I’ll hear about in the summer.

You’ve been back living in Chicago after some time in New York City and you’re really active in the thriving jazz scene there. What makes the culture of Chicago there so amenable to creative music? Who are the musicians around town that are inspiring you?

We moved back to Chicago in 2015 and it’s been wonderful. There is a lot of amazing art being created around town at places like Elastic, Constellation, Hungry Brain, California Clipper, The Green Mill and more. The affordability of concerts in Chicago gives musicians a real opportunity to develop an audience. Lately, I’m inspired by incredible artists like Caleb Willitz, Makaya McCraven, Junius Paul, Matt Ulery, Marvin Tate, Mike Reed, Ben LaMar Gay, Joshua Abrams, Rob Clearfield and many more. There’s too many to name but I had to list a few.

You spent a large portion of the winter on the road playing educational concerts with Jazz Reach around the US. How was that experience? What are your favorite places to visit?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with JazzReach for 9 years and we usually spend January/February on the West Coast. Not bad at all!  Most of what we do is presenting multi-media concerts to children of all ages about various aspects of jazz music. Having the opportunity to travel the country and to share our love of jazz with kids is incredible. Also, Hans Schuman, the founder or JazzReach, always has an amazing band put together. When we are out West, I’m always excited to be in Saratoga, CA, where we perform at the Montalvo Arts Center. That area of California amazes me every year.

You’re heading out on a tour of the US Midwest with your quintet this week. How did this group come together and what can audiences expect at these shows? Is the music all original material?

When I moved back to town, in November 2015, I waited a few months before deciding to put together a project. I received a gig from The Whistler and took that opportunity to write some new music for a double-guitar quintet. The instrumentation sounded very interesting in my mind. Our first gig was a lot of fun. That summer, we ended up participating in a residency at The Whistler where we had the opportunity to perform for a month and to explore and  to develop our sound. Everyone in the band was super excited about pursuing this project so I started putting together a tour, with the help of Big Fish Booking. All but one of the tunes are originals.

The Greg Ward Quintet tours the US Midwest March 30th to April 3rd. Check out all of Greg’s activities at his website.

Touch My Beloved’s Thought is available via iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon.

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Greg Ward Quintet – Spring US Midwest Dates

Posted by: mark on March 22, 2017 @ 2:10 pm
Filed under: Artists, Greg Ward, Matt Ulery

Saxophonist Greg Ward takes his quintet on tour in the US Midwest from March 30th to April 3rd.

The group features guitarists Dave Miller and Matt Gold, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin Kirchner.

Check it out!

Details:

03.30 Appleton, WI | Lawrence University
03.30 De Pere, WI | Luna Cafe and Roastery
03.31 Des Moines, IA | Noce
04.01 Davenport, IA | DayTrotter Session
04.02 Chicago, IL | The Hideout
04.03 Minneapolis, MN | Ice House

Touch My Beloved Thought, Greg’s 2016 Greenleaf release, is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis – Spring European tour

Posted by: mark on @ 1:52 pm
Filed under: Artists, Ryan Keberle

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis will tour Europe from April 26th to May 1st in support of their latest release, Azul Infinito.

The touring band includes vocalist / guitarist Camila Meza, bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Henry Cole.

And check Ryan’s site for additional details.

Don’t miss this great band live!

Details:

04.26 Basel, CH | Bird’s Eye Jazz Club
04.28 Cologne, DE | Stadtgarten
04.30 Muri, CH | Musig im Pflegidach
05.01 May Lucerne, CH | Lucerne School of Music

Azul Infinito is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

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Subscription Offer – Limited CDs available!

Posted by: mark on @ 10:11 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Subscriber News

The Subscriber Series is only available as digital downloads on our site, but if you become a Level 2 or 3 subscriber at Greenleaf we’ll send you physical CD copies of our two most recent Subscriber Series releases: Serial Sessions 2015 and New Sanctuary Trio.

You’ll also get discounts on all purchases and be able to stream our entire catalog on our Cloud Player.

And you’ll receive monthly releases from our 2017 Subscriber Series Metamorphosis. You can preview the track Halcyon Days now!

We only have a limited number of physical CDs available, so don’t miss this opportunity!

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ANFTD #41: Joe Lovano

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 21, 2017 @ 11:50 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas

Joe Lovano talks about his long-time home and session pad in the loft at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in New York. He also talks about Hank Jones, Paul Motian, and improvisation, and about the spiritual aspect and the spirits in his music. Great thoughts from a great musician.

Music heard in this episode:

Bird’s Eye View – Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, George Mraz, Lewis Nash

Journey Within – Joe Lovano, Lionel Loueke, Otis Brown III, Francisco Mela

Cool, Streams of Expression Pt. 2 – Joe Lovano, Tim Hagans, Barry Ries, Larry Farrell, Steve Slagle, George Garzone, Ralph Lalama, Gary Smulyan, John Hicks, Dennis Irwin, Lewis Nash

Amber – Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser

It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago – Paul Motian Trio: Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian

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Rudy Royston Trio – March European dates

Posted by: mark on March 20, 2017 @ 3:28 pm
Filed under: Artists, Rudy Royston

Drummer Rudy Royston leads his trio on a run of European dates in March in support of his latest release, Rise of Orion.

These shows will feature the musicians from the album: Jon Irabagon on saxophone and Yasushi Nakamura on bass.

Check the schedule below and see you out there!

Details:

03.20 Bolzano, Italy | Carambolage | Details
03.22 Terni, Italy | Caffè Bugatti | Details
03.23 Begamom Italy | Teatro Sociale | Details
03.25 Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bimbuis | Details
03.26 Cologne, Germany | Stadtgarten | Details

Rise of Orion is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

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Bergamo Jazz Festival this week!

Posted by: mark on March 19, 2017 @ 11:18 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

The 2017 Bergamo Jazz Festival, under the Artistic Direction of Dave Douglas, takes place March 19-26 in the town of Bergamo, Italy.

This year’s festival features performances by Melissa Aldana, Regina Carter, Bill Frisell, Evan Parker, William Parker, Enrico Pieranunzi, Enrico Rava, Ernst Reijseger, Rudy Royston and more. In addition to performances at the beautiful Teatro Donizetti and Teatro Sociale, there are concerts at unique venues around town.

Watch a video preview of the festival here and check out some of the mainstage events listed below.

Enjoy the festival!

Selected Schedule:

Thursday, March 23:
Rudy Royston Trio | Teatro Sociale
Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima Quartet | Teatro Sociale

Friday, March 24:
Bill Frisell – Kenny Wollesen Duo | Teatro Donizetti
Regina Carter “Simply Ella” | Teatro Donizetti
Evan Parker Solo |Biblioteca Angelo Mai

Saturday, March 25:
William Parker Organ Quartet | Teatro Donizetti
Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania | Teatro Donizetti
Ernst Reijseger Cello Solo | Accademia Carrara

Sunday, March 26:
Melissa Aldana Trio | Teatro Donizetti
Enrico Pieranunzi & the Brussells Jazz Orchestra | Teatro Donizetti
Camilla Battaglia “Tomorrow” | Ex Monastero del Carmine
Andy Sheppard Quartet | Teatro Sociale

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DADA PEOPLE – April US Tour Dates

Posted by: mark on March 17, 2017 @ 2:02 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Franke Woeste

DADA PEOPLE, the collaborative project led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste, is touring the US in April.

In support of the group’s debut album, the band will play US dates April 11-15 featuring bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn.

See you out there!

Details:

April 11 | Columbus, OH | Wexner Center | Details
April 13 | Troy, NY | Troy Savings Bank Hall | Details
April 14 | Philadelphia, PA | Painted Bride | Details
April 15 | Washington, DC | Atlas Performing Arts Center | Details

DADA PEOPLE is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

Thanks to Fabrice Journo for the photo!

Dada People has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).

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