Lee Konitz & Dave Douglas Quintet at The Jazz Standard March 19th – 22nd

Posted by: Russell on February 20, 2015 @ 12:16 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Events

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You might want to make plans to be in New York from March 19 through March 22 when Dave Douglas will team up with legendary alto player and composer Lee Konitz for four nights of shows at Jazz Standard.

Dave said it best, “I am so honored and thrilled to be playing with Lee, there is so much to learn from this absolute master. Rehearsals have been a trip! We are doing a few brand new pieces for me, by both Lee, and by Lennie Tristano, as well as working on standards I haven’t performed in probably thirty years. The rhythm section will be Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Ches Smith. Make plans now! Looking forward to seeing you there.”

Visit the Jazz Standard website for ticketing and show information.


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The Serial Sessions: Summit Music

Posted by: Russell on February 3, 2015 @ 3:29 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Subscriber Downloads

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A note from Dave:

Some of you will remember it as the opening track on Greenleaf’s first release, Mountain Passages. This is a considerable re-orchestration of the piece, featuring group improvisation with an ensemble of dear Greenleaf family members: Rudy Royston on drums, Linda Oh on bass, Frank Woeste on piano, Ryan Keberle on trombone, and Chet Doxas on clarinet.

Each piece in the Serial Sessions will feature a different musician. I wrote 7 new pieces for this series, and picked some repertory of mine that I felt would resonate with the concept. For example, in November, you will receive a new recording of the song November, which was originally released on my album Freak In.

In September, to mark a new season of the Festival Of New Trumpet Music, we will release an unrecorded composition of mine that is dedicated to the late Kenny Wheeler. It is called From Thin Air. Stick around for this and plenty more new tracks that will be collected in this series.

Sign up now to get your track every month. The recording session was literally last week. I am so thrilled to get this new music to you in this format. It’s a joy to work in new and unexpected formats, and to have Greenleaf Music as a support structure to get it to you. I hope you will enjoy it all: the series, the band, the compositions. And I hope you will spread the word so that more people will hear it. I am relying on all of your for your interest and support to construct and support this revolutionary music company.

2015 will bring a new Donny McCaslin album, a new electric project from me called High Risk, a new recording by my Quintet, and a very special large ensemble recording I created last year in collaboration with Monash Art Ensemble, in Mellbourne, Auastralia. Other projects are also in development.

By taking part as a subscriber, you will be sure not to miss any of the 2015 Serial Sessions. Thanks for listening.
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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 28: Michael Bates

Posted by: Russell on January 30, 2015 @ 12:47 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Michael Bates, Podcast

michaelbatesWe’re back!

ANFTD’s first episode of 2015!  Dave interviews Michael Bates about his new trio recording, Northern Spy.  They cover topics including playing very slow, the influence of the blues and Michael’s work with Quinsin Nachoff.  Dave reflects on 2014 and talks about George Clinton’s autobiography.

Music featured on this episode:

Northern Spy-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Bean-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Days of Wine and Roses-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Great Exhibition-Michael Bates’ Outside Sources “Clockwise” (Greenleaf Music)
Essex House-Michael Bates “Northern Spy” (Stereoscopic Records)
Ride On-Parliment “Chocolate City” (Casablanca)
Sugah Daddy-D’Angelo “Black Messiah” (RCA Records)
This Is My Father’s World-Dave Douglas “Be Still” (Greenleaf Music)

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High Risk

Posted by: Russell on January 21, 2015 @ 8:08 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Dave Douglas (News), Video

Something I am genuinely thrilled to be working on! Starting a new band called High Risk, and finishing the record in these next weeks. I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s new vision of where improvisation and electronics can go. I wrote a bunch of new music and developed it with these three brilliant artists, and the engineer Geoff Countryman.

Shigeto, electronic musician affiliated with Ghostly International.

Mark Guiliana, drummer, acoustic and electric.

Jonathan Maron, bass and moog bass.

It’s a completely new departure for me and I am so grateful to be playing with these magical musicians! See you out there.


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The Importance of Young Ears

Posted by: Russell on January 15, 2015 @ 9:00 am
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

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Dave Douglas, founder and owner of Greenleaf Music, will be heading to Indiana’s Purdue University for their 25th Annual Jazz Fest. Here are some words from him:

Purdue University is hosting an enormous festival this weekend at which I will be performing selections from the big band album, A Single Sky. The festival is also aimed at exposing music and jazz to several thousand young musicians from schools all around the region. Part of my activity there will be giving a class on playing the trumpet and being an improviser! Two topics I love very much. Also will be sharing some playing time with drummer Carl Allen! Very happy to revisit these charts (which will include some new ones as well) Enjoy! And thank you.


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Year End thoughts from Dave Douglas: 2014

Posted by: Russell on December 29, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Perennials

dd1My gosh, so many challenges this year. The world scene is so complex, it’s hard to know where to begin. Better to think about 2015! Much new music was created in 2014 that will emerge in the new year:

Music for 16 musicians, in four groups of four, based on 14th century ars nova musical thinking, entitled “Fabliaux”. Had the pleasure and honor to collaborate with Paul Grabowsky and the Monash Art Ensemble in Melbourne, Australia on the performance and recording. Will emerge in the Fall.

Whole handful of new quintet pieces for Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston. Can’t wait to begin touring these in 2015.

Music for and by Wayne Shorter with the Sound Prints ensemble, co-led by myself and Joe Lovano. With Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, Joey Baron. A lot of you saw us on the road. The record comes out in April 2015 on Blue Note Records. We’ll play at Lincoln Center in May.

New Band! High Risk with Shigeto on electronics, Mark Guiliana on drums and electronics, and Jonathan Maron on bass and mini-moog bass. I play trumpet. We have already recorded and the record will come out in the first half of 2015. I am working feverishly on it right now. Very excited to premiere this new vision of improvised music and electronics.

Greenleaf continues to expand our catalog and offerings. Look for a new Donny McCaslin electric recording early in the year! Can’t wait. Also, more special offerings for subscribers. The Greenleaf Podcast, A Noise From The Deep will continue!

Festival of New Trumpet Music will be back with a new season in September 2015. More info and nonprofit donation information at www.fontmusic.org.

Also, thanks to the French American Jazz Exchange, I will be working in collaboration with French composer and pianist Frank Woeste in January. We are creating a new work around the life and work of surrealist Man Ray. Matt Brewer and Clarence Penn will join us in the ensemble. Looking forward to more new things!

Thank you and have a great holiday!

Dave


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Dave Douglas Workshop Wrap-up

Posted by: Russell on December 8, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

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The Dave Douglas Workshop took place at the Michiko Stage Room yesterday. Thanks to all who attended!

We had a nice balance of instruments and instrumentalists. We played through one of my pieces and 7 pieces that were brought by participants. Everything sounded great–each piece presented a different set of challenges and opportunities. We discussed in depth: different approaches to writing for improvisers, different approaches to rehearsal, and clarity of notation and communication between the composer and the player.

I learned a lot, as I always do in these situations. Clarity, above all, seems to be the key thing. Clarity, even if it is your intention to be unclear, do it with clarity! What is your idea, how is it expressed, and how do you communicate it to a community of players, all with their own differing backgrounds and expectations? How do you unite that community in order to express that idea? It’s funny that each piece presents its own responses to these questions. Each piece demands its own answers. And yet we seemed to always come back to clarity as a key to expression. How we feel, how we think, how we speak, all comes through in the music.

I’m grateful to be able to offer these independent workshops, and I am thankful to the musicians who show up and share their music and their thoughts. We plan another workshop some time in the spring. Stay tuned to this channel for more information.


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Sound Prints European Tour Wrap-up

Posted by: Russell on December 5, 2014 @ 9:45 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)
photo: Lorenzo Duaso

photo: Lorenzo Duaso

Greenleaf owner and operator Dave Douglas comments on his recent European tour with Sound Prints. Check the player on the bottom for a preview of the upcoming album on Blue Note records.

Sound Prints toured throughout Europe in November. I think it was 12 cities in 14 days. Something like that. I never took so many urgent naps, and rarely have I had so much joy playing music every night. The touring party was myself, Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, Linda May Han Oh, and Joey Baron. Many readers of this post saw us on this tour and heard the new directions the music took night after night right on stage. Those listeners will know that the band veered into some radical new territory, fresh conversations taking place in the music, and new spirits being conjured in real time. The relationship of playing with Joe Lovano is one of the deepest and most challenging and fulfilling of my musical life. I feel privileged to be a part of this band.

Sound Prints will reconvene in May 2015 on the release of our album on Blue Note Records. The album was recorded on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2013. The new music we have been playing by Wayne Shorter was commissioned by the festival and premiered there. We also recorded two pieces by Joe and two by myself, music dedicated to the project and to celebrating the vision, music, and inspiration of Mr. Shorter. Since that time there have been many more new pieces brought into the band, and I look forward to continuing these explorations in sound and dialogue.


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

Posted by: Russell on November 19, 2014 @ 5:54 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Events

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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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Hard Choices and Non-American Football

Posted by: Dave Douglas on June 30, 2014 @ 7:04 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

The World Cup is such a kick every time it comes around. (Yes, that pun deserves a yellow card, I will be more careful). Wonderfully international and egalitarian as it is, watching the latest matches has me thinking through some tough choices. And noticing some of the madness around it.

Speaking of hard choices, by now you’ve most likely seen the recent meme about the trolley problem:

There’s a runaway train barreling down the tracks. You see five people tied up ahead, unable to move. The train’s headed straight for them. Miraculously, there’s a lever next to you which will switch the train to a different track. Tragically, you notice there’s also one person tied up on the other track. There’s no intermediate switch, the train can only go on one track or another. Do nothing, and the train kills five people. Or do you pull the lever, saving five, but killing one? Tough choice. Most people quickly choose #2 — doing less harm.

Here is “The Trolley Song” to listen to while you read the rest. Since we’re talking about Brazil, thank you, Joao Gilberto.

There’s a variation on this enigma called The Fat Man:

As above, the train is hurtling down a track towards five people. This time you are on a bridge overhead, and you can stop the train by dropping a heavy weight in front of it! Also, there’s a very fat man next to you. Your only way to stop the train is to push the fat man over the bridge and onto the track, killing him to save five. Should you proceed?

Yikes. Most people pause here because you actually have to actively cause harm this time to stop a worse outcome. What would you do? There is no right answer.

Luckily this is all hypothetical. This is not like having to choose between the Village Vanguard and The Stone, where there are two great bands you’d like to hear. Choosing one means missing the other. Or hearing one your all time heroes at an overseas jazz festival versus going back to the hotel to get a good night of sleep before tomorrow’s early wake up call and travel to the next gig. This happens to me at least five times per summer.

If you’ve been watching the World Cup, like it or not you’ve had to make some difficult choices. This has nothing to do with the chauvinism of Ann Coulter (or with Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices.”). Coulter said, ”I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.” My family’s been here a long, long time and we’re all freaking out over the Brazil games. My friend Marc Ribot responded by saying:

Most of the Americans I know whose great grandfathers were born here are Black. Most of my African American friends certainly seem interested in soccer. But somehow I don’t think they were who Coulter had in mind.  I don’t know many whites whose great grandfathers were born here. Of the ones I do know know, some seem to like watching soccer. Are my friends representative? I don’t know. But that begs the questions:  Why exactly would anyone care what a dwindling minority of politically marginal white American non-soccer watchers does or thinks? And who still believes Ann Coulter’s ‘promises’?

No, the choice is whether to simply appreciate the awesome skills and brilliant teamwork of the sport, as opposed to honoring the suffering and displacement caused by the games (by boycotting and protesting them).

Billions of dollars are spent on stadiums that may never get used again. These billions get spent in a country of rampant poverty and inequality–in the favelas people could really use the money. In addition, there are preferential contracts for FIFA that eliminate any leverage for workers and displaced families. Yikes indeed.

And yet, it’s a remarkable year for the sport. The USA has a viable team this time around and has joined the group of 16. It’s hard not to be enthusiastic for Tim Howard and the squad. There have been thrilling matches. South and Central America have been dominant this year. Epic battles have eliminated big traditional giants. It’s like a hundred degrees and 95% humidity and these guys run for ninety minutes straight. Amazing.

So, what to do? (If you’re England, go home, apparently. Sorry, Nick).

It’s one of those moments where you have to hold two competing thoughts in your mind. The matches are good, the message is good. The management is exploitative, the money corrupts, inequality abounds. How much is my decision to patronize the games complicit in the problems? Who knows? Maybe not at all.

I’m a musician, lucky with the kinds of choices I get to make. If you could keep the trolley from hitting anybody, that’d be good, right? You could catch the first set at The Stone and the second set at the Vanguard. Hear Sonny Rollins and then hope to take a nap tomorrow afternoon before the gig.

Tuesday we’ll find out whether our team can vanquish Belgium. I’ll be rooting for USA, but I also love Belgium, and I am grateful our team has come even this far.

And we can all hope some good comes out of this for Brazil and Brazilians.


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