Dave Douglas Quintet “Time Travel” on NY Times Best Of 2013 List

Posted by: jim on December 16, 2013 @ 10:22 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Updates), Listening, Press


A Mix of Sounds, Generations and Styles

Craig Taborn, Wayne Shorter and Bill Callahan Achieve

By Nate Chinen

6. Dave Douglas Quintet “Time Travel” (Greenleaf) The trumpeter Dave Douglas formed a smart new quintet last year, and along with a beautiful album of hymns, it created this knockabout winner, capitalizing on the diversity of a roster with the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Rudy Royston.

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Dave Douglas Midwest Dates Continue This Week (IN, IA, IL, MI)

Posted by: jim on December 5, 2013 @ 8:19 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events


More info at the /shows page

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Dave Douglas Quintet: Europe Tour, Week 1

Posted by: jim on October 16, 2013 @ 11:09 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events

Dave Douglas Quintet with Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone; Luis Perdomo, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

‹‹‹ October 17th-18th | Hamburg DE ›››
DDQ @ Rolf-Liebermann-Studio-NDR

‹‹‹ October 19th | Gröningen NL ›››
DDQ @ De Oosterpoort-Kleine Zaal

‹‹‹ October 20th | Köln DE ›››
DDQ @ Stadtgarten

‹‹‹ October 21th | Dortmund DE ›››
DDQ @ Domicil


More dates at greenleafmusic.com/shows

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Recap, Gallery: Dave Douglas Quintet on tour

Posted by: jim on October 7, 2013 @ 12:22 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events, Live Updates, Photos

The Quintet graced stages in Louisville, Knoxville, Asheville, and Conway (right outside Myrtle Beach), and I was lucky enough to share the van with Dave Douglas & crew last week. Besides the incredible music this group makes — the band really is at the top of their game, as far as my ears hear it — it’s important to note how hilarious this band is when they’re all in the same room. Thanks to Jon, Linda, Matt, Rudy, and of course our fearless leader, Dave Douglas for making last week such a good time.

Below are a few shots from the tour, some by Michael Tracy in Louisville, and some from my iPhone. Be sure to follow our Instagram feed for more GLM photos.


More dates this coming week. Info and tickets at the /shows page.

09-OCT – The Auditorium at TSRI / San Diego
10-OCT – Duende / Oakland
11-OCT – Jimmy Mak’s / Portland
12-OCT – Earshot Jazz Festival / Seattle

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Dave Douglas 50 States Tour Dates (KY, TN, SC, NC, VA) #dd50

Posted by: jim on September 27, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events


‹‹‹ September 29th | 7:30pm ›››
DDQ @ Clifton Center
2117 Payne St, Louisville KY
[map] [tickets]

Dave Douglas, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

‹‹‹ October 1st | 8:00pm ›››
DDQ @ The Square Room
4 Market Square, Knoxville TN
[map] [tickets]

Dave Douglas, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

‹‹‹ October 2nd | 7:30pm ›››
DDQ @ White Horse Black Mountain
105C Montreat Rd, Black Mountain NC
[map] [tickets]

Dave Douglas, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

‹‹‹ October 4th | 7:30pm ›››
DDQ @ Coastal Carolina University
Wheelwright Auditorium, 108 Spadoni Park Circle, Conway, SC
[map] [tickets]

Dave Douglas, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano; Linda Oh, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

‹‹‹ October 6th | 8:00pm ›››
DDQ @ Virginia Commonwealth University
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, 922 Park Ave, Richmond, VA
[map] [tickets]

Dave Douglas, Rex Richardson and Taylor Barnett, trumpets; Russell Wilson, piano; Victor Dvoskin, bass; Tony Martucci, drums

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Festival Of New Trumpet Music Preview: Q&A with Dave Douglas

Posted by: jim on September 3, 2013 @ 12:39 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events

Our head honcho sat down with Fully Altered Media for a Q&A in advance of the Festival of New Trumpet music later this month. Mark you calendar for September 23rd for a performance with Dave Douglas Sextet at St. Peter’s Church. More event listings at the FONT site.


Q: How did you become a trumpet player? Did you play other instruments before the trumpet?

DD: Even though trumpet was one of my earliest instruments after piano and trombone, I always naturally thought of myself as a musician. It didn’t occur to me that I was a trumpet player until it was way too late, which is one of the reasons for this festival. It’s to celebrate the trumpet as a piece of equipment in the hands of musicians of every variety, to counter the idea of the trumpeter as a music jock, a sort of athlete of the high notes and proponent of the showiest, brassiest sounds regardless of what the music calls for. We celebrate the Music first. Then the Trumpet, then the New. This is a Festival for music and musicians involved in some of the most compelling, expressive, protean, challenging, and fun music around.

Q: Were there recordings in the beginning and even years into learning the instrument that drew you into the trumpet’s sound and possibilities?

DD: When I finally realized and accepted that I was a trumpeter I was drawn to unique sounding players like Miles Davis, Thad Jones, Lester Bowie, Woody Shaw, Herb Robertson, and of course all the other giant spirits of jazz. I also listened to great classical players like Gerard Schwarz and Raymond Mase, more recently Alison Balsam and Hakan Hardenberger. But I am really a sucker for Macedonian and Mexican brass bands. When the trumpet itself makes people dance how can you not smile?


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Watch: Dave Douglas Quintet, “Beware Of Doug” live in the studio

Posted by: jim on June 20, 2013 @ 12:57 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Video

Dave Douglas Quintet live at Avatar Studios NYC performing the Douglas composition “Beware Of Doug” from the album Time Travel [2013].


Dave Douglas – trumpet
Jon Irabagon – tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Rudy Royston – drums
recorded & mixed by Joe Ferla
at Avatar Studios NYC


DD50 East Coast update

Posted by: Dave Douglas on June 1, 2013 @ 2:33 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events

Very wonderful audience in New Haven last night. Thanks to Firehouse 12.

Having a blast playing and traveling with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Chris Tordini, and Rudy Royston. Join us tonight in Portland, Maine, or tomorrow in Providence, Rhode Island.


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DD|50 Project

Posted by: Dave Douglas on May 28, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Events


There is now a dedicated web site for the 50 states project that you may have read about in DownBeat. It is a great pleasure to present this project and to hear from and work with inspiring institutions, presenters, and musicians all around the country!

How far along am I, you ask? We’ve played (in no particular order) in TX, NY, WY, CO, OK, KS, MO, NV, IL, PA. This week we will be in CT, ME, RI, VT. And I will be scouting NH for our free outdoor concert at the Greenleaf hut on August 24.

I am learning a lot as I go. I’ve long thought there should be a better network for creative, alternative music and jazz in the United States. And of course there have been many attempts. Finding out first hand from people involved in the music has been enlightening. It is hard work to make this happen, and the payoff has been rich as I have met so many inspiring individuals.

Over the last decade or so I have gotten more involved in outdoors events and causes. Part of the DD|50 project reflects that love of the land by organizing concerts in unexpected, natural locations in the outdoors. Join us for a free concert at Greenleaf Hut in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire on August 24. The hut is splendidly located at 4200 feet elevation, which may not seem like a lot if you live in Europe or the Rockies. But in East Coast terms it is pretty high, close to the tree line. And the climb to get there rises almost 2500 feet. I’m hoping this will became a tradition and will bring many more people into contact with this blessed wilderness.

Many of the concerts will be with my current quintet as heard on Time Travel. We’ll also play some of the hymns and traditional tunes heard on Be Still. Additionally, we’ll play some music on my forthcoming sextet CD, Pathways, which was recorded in 2012 at The Banff Center. Pathways will be released in a deluxe box set with a DVD of studio performances and extra material from all three albums.

Check out the interactive map and see when I’ll be in your area. Be sure to say hello. And if you don’t see anything nearby send us a note so we can arrange a concert there. We look forward to it.

Dave Douglas and the DD|50 Team.

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Time Travel Release Day!

Posted by: jim on April 9, 2013 @ 6:30 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Updates), Events, Linda Oh (News), Releases


It’s our esteemed privilege to bring a new Dave Douglas album into the world yet again. And he’s outdone himself on this one—as he always does!

You can read more on Time Travel here on Greenleaf, or by following the #ddTimeTravel hashtag on Twitter.

Time Travel also available at:
iTunes | Amazon

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