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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.
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 email@example.com, there are limited spots available! See details below.
The 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:
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!
SAT 15 NOV
Bielskie Centrum Kultury / Bielsko-Biała, PL
SAT 22 NOV
Nefertiti Jazzklubb / Göteborg, SE
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)
November 7 , 9:00 pm
JazzYYC Jazz Fest (tickets)
Ironwood Stage and Grill
1229 9th Avenue SE
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!
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!
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:
New York, NY
An Die Musik
Bethesda Blues and Jazz
Oct 17 & 18
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
New York, NY
Kerrytown Concert House
Ann Arbor, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
South Bend, IL
Oct 24 – Oct 25