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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Sound Prints To Release Debut Album “Live At Monterey Jazz Festival” On April 7

Posted by: Russell on January 14, 2015 @ 2:37 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Events

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JOE LOVANO & DAVE DOUGLAS ANNOUNCE APRIL 7 RELEASE DATE FOR
THE DEBUT RECORDING FROM THEIR CO-LED QUINTET SOUND PRINTS

LIVE AT MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL FEATURES TWO NEW COMPOSITIONS
WRITTEN BY THE BAND’S PRIMARY INSPIRATION WAYNE SHORTER

Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have announced an April 7 release date for Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, the debut recording from their co-led quintet Sound Prints featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album features the debut of two new compositions written for the band by the band’s primary inspiration: Wayne Shorter. Sound Prints will be performing at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City on May 15 & 16 in The Appel Room as part of their Wayne Shorter Festival. Further tour dates will be announced shortly.

For almost twenty years, Lovano and Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record. Douglas appears on Lovano’s 2001 Blue Note album Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two and they overlapped as members of the SFJAZZ Collective for three seasons during which the band performed the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and their mutual touchstone: saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.

Sound Prints takes their inspiration from the music of Shorter – the band’s name is a nod to his classic “Footprints” – however the quintet’s focus is on new original compositions by Lovano and Douglas, as well as new Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with the composer himself. The band is fueled by a desire to push the boundaries of their music as far as they can stretch, similar to the expansive role Shorter has played in jazz since his debut with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1959.

In the album’s liner notes Shorter exclaims: “Onward! Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron!  It’s not often when a combination of musicians such as the aforementioned elect to immerse themselves in an explorative adventure without hesitation or reservation. May they continue forging ahead on the trail less trodden. Onward!”

“The defining trait of Sound Prints,” wrote Nate Chinen in The New York Times in a 2012 review of their engagement at the Village Vanguard, “is the tangled crosstalk of its front line: an urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency, like a choice bit of dialogue in a David Mamet play.”

In the summer of 2011 Sound Prints opened for Shorter’s Quartet on a European tour. They weren’t performing any of his tunes yet but time spent with the legend and his band made a big impact on the group. When Sound Prints appeared on the bill with Shorter at New York’s Town Hall in June 2013 he presented them with the new scores of “Destination Unknown” and “To Sail Beyond The Sunset,” two pieces commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. “The music came handwritten – very detailed, very precise,” says Douglas.

Sound Prints’ debut album was recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21, 2013.  Lovano and Douglas contributed two songs apiece to the set and the Shorter compositions were given their public debut that day. “The recordings are the very first performances of the newly commissioned tunes,” said Douglas. “We all were at a heightened state of paying attention. Shorter took a lot of risks exploring elements of change. It was such a high to play it for him.” “The music moves from today into tomorrow,” adds Lovano. “Wayne told us the melody was just a suggestion – tell your own story with it.”

The tracklisting for Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints Live at Monterey Jazz Festival is as follows:

1. Sound Prints (Joe Lovano)

2. Sprints (Dave Douglas)

3. Destination Unknown (Wayne Shorter)

4. To Sail Beyond The Sunset (Shorter)

5. Weatherman (Lovano)

6. Power Ranger (Douglas) (preview below!)

For more information contact Cem Kurosman at Blue Note Records

(p) 212.786.8634 (e) cem.kurosman@umusic.com

 

www.joelovano.com

www.davedouglas.com


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Greenleaf Artists at Winter Jazz Fest 2015!

Posted by: Russell on December 30, 2014 @ 8:59 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Events, Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

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Greenleaf is proud to announce performances from three of our artists at Winter Jazz Fest. For the uninitiated, WJF is a three-day festival packed to the gills with performances all over downtown Manhattan. See the WJF page for tickets and a map to all venues. See below for Greenleaf Artist schedules! See you there?

Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures
SubCulture
Friday, January 9
7:15 PM

Dave Douglas Quintet
Jusdson Church
Friday, January 9
9:15 PM

Ryan Keberle + Catharsis
SubCulture
Saturday, January 10
6:00 PM


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Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano announce US and European touring with Sound Prints

Posted by: Russell on October 6, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Events

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Sound Prints, the acclaimed band co-led by Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano is set to begin an extensive Fall tour in just two weeks.  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.

US

10/15 – San Diego, CA – Jazz at TSRI
10/16 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Jazz 
10/17 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s Oakland
10/18 – Seattle, WA – Earshot Jazz Festival / Town Hall
10/19 – Vancouver, BC – Kay Meek Centre 
10/21 – 26 – New York, NY – Village Vanguard

Europe

11/12 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona Jazz Festival
11/13 – Pontoise, France – Theatre Des Louvrais 
11/14 – Offenburg, Germany – Reithalle im KulturForum
11/15 – Bielsko Bialo, Poland – Bielskie Centrum Kultury
11/16 – Munich, Germany – Jazzclub Unterfahrt 
11/17 – Zurich, Switerland – Moods
11/18 – Rome, Italy – Sala Sinopoli 
11/20 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhagen Jazz House
11/21 – Oslo, Norway – Nasjonal Jazzscene 
11/22 – Goteborg, Sweden – Nefertiti Jazzklubb
11/23 – London, United Kingdom – London Jazz Festival / Barbican Centre


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Dave Douglas Quintet at Snug Harbor for One Night Only!

Posted by: Russell on October 3, 2014 @ 11:28 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Events

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Hey New Orleans! The Dave Douglas Quintet is coming your way on October 4th with sets at 8 and 10 pm. For tickets and more information visit snugjazz.com.


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Dave Douglas Quintet at Snug Harbor and University of Alabama

Posted by: Russell on September 29, 2014 @ 11:15 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events

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Greenleaf founder Dave Douglas is headed south from October 2nd – 4th! On October 4th the Dave Douglas Quintet (featuring Greenleaf artist Linda Oh) heads to New Orleans for 2 sets (8:00 and 10:00 pm) at Frenchman Street mainstay, Snug Harbor. For more info visit snugjazz.com.

Dave will be in residency at the University of Alabama from the 2nd to the 3rd.  October 2nd he will guest perform with the U of A Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 pm and on the 3rd he’ll lead a master class at 3:00 pm and later perform with his quintet and 7:30 pm. All performances take place at Moody Hall (See poster below).

 

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FONT Featured in New York Times Listings

Posted by: Russell on September 23, 2014 @ 12:34 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Events

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The 2014 Festival of New Trumpet Music continues! Shows run through the 28th of September in Manhattan and Brooklyn. See the FONT website for detailed schedule information here.


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FONT 2014 Kicks Off This Week!

Posted by: Russell on September 18, 2014 @ 11:36 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events

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Our fearless leader Dave Douglas kicked off the Festival of New Trumpet Music last night! The festival runs from September 17th through the 28th and features performances from the best and brightest of the New York trumpet family. See a note from Dave below and be sure to check out his tweets here. We hope to see you!

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow night FONT 2014: American•Brass•Electric opens at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. Please see our festival preview in the NYTimes!

This year our Award of Recognition, will be given to Raymond Mase and the American Brass Quintet, celebrating over 40 years of brilliance! The first Annual Roy Campbell Jr. Commission awarded to Igmar Thomas! And first Bi-Annual Laurie Frink Education Grant awarded to Riley Mulherkar!

Check out an interview with Riley Mulherkar here.

Concerts this week:

Wednesday, September 17 (info)
Smoke Jazz and Supper Club – $9 Cover.
7pm Carlos Abadie, 9pm Kirk Knuffke,
10:30pm Leon Jordan Jr, 11:30 Theljon Allen.

Thursday, September 18 (info)
Smoke Jazz and Supper Club – $9 Cover.
7pm Paul Williamson , 9pm Steve Fishwick,
10:30pm Keyon Harrold , 11:30pm Nadje Noordhuis.

Friday, September 19 (info)
7:30pm- Village Zendo -$16 online/$20 at door.
An Evening of Improvised music to the 1926 Japanese silent film “A Page of Madness”  with Tim Hagans, Aaron Shragge and James Shipp.

Saturday, September 20 (info)
Cornelia Street Cafe – $10 cover/$10 minimum.
9pm The first bi-annual Laurie Frink Career Grant Awardee! Riley Mulherkar: Two Quartets.

Saturday, September 20 (info)
Cornelia Street Cafe – $10 cover/$10 minimum.
10:30pm John McNeil Quartet featuring Ethan Iverson
Celebrating Laurie Frink.

Please buy your tickets now! Thanks.

see you there!

all the best,

Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards and Aaron Shragge.

FONTMusic.org


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DD Quintet at Birdland Final Night + DD Quintet Album Sale

Posted by: Russell on August 23, 2014 @ 4:17 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Dave Douglas Quintet

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The Dave Douglas Quintet finishes its week long run at Birdland tonight with sets at 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm, get your tickets here. The DD Quintet Album sale continues as well. Get 20% off Time Travel, Be Still and Meaning and Mystery at the Greenleaf Music Online Store. Use the coupon code “ddbirdland” at checkout!

The New York Times, The New Yorker and TimeOutNY have all offered their thoughts about this run. Here’s a recap:

Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 4.04.14 PM 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)

 

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Always ready for challenging musical experiences, the trumpeter Douglas juggles bands the way others change shoes. A favorite ensemble seems to be his quintet, stocked with exciting younger players, including Jon Irabagon, on saxophones; Matt Mitchell, on piano; Linda Oh, on bass; and Rudy Royston,on drums. Douglas never panders to his audience, but this astute ensemble—which has recorded the albums “Be Still” and “Time Travel”—displays the agreeably accessible aspects of his artistry. (Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. 212-581-3080. Aug. 19-23.)

 

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Leading trumpet progressive Dave Douglas keeps his schedule packed with collaborations and side projects—lately, he’s been working with Joe Lovano in the band Sound Prints, and in a duo with pianist Uri Caine, heard on the beautifully spare Present Joys. But he always reserves time for his working combo: These days, that’s a lithe quintet staffed with young virtuosos Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh and Rudy Royston, all on hand for this run.


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DD Quintet in TimeOutNY + The Sale Continues!

Posted by: Russell on August 22, 2014 @ 2:59 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

The Dave Douglas Quintet continues its run at Birdland through August 23rd. (tickets here). See what TimeOutNY has to say:

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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!


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