Present Joys Released!

Posted by: Russell on July 22, 2014 @ 1:03 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

Photo by Alberto Gallo

“I felt smarter after listening to Present Joys. Along with pianist Uri Caine, [Douglas] opens a channel into the middle of his musicianship and just lets it all flow out without anything superfluous or presumptuous.”


Today is release day for Greenleaf Music’s latest, Present Joys (Greenleaf Music CD-1037 and LP-1038), a duo recording by longtime friends and collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri CainePresent Joys brings Douglas and Caine together for an intimate but exploratory outing inspired by the Sacred Harp tradition. The pair take on five pieces from shape-note tunebooks as well as several new Douglas compositions undertaken in the same vein. These ten pieces engage Douglas’ trumpet and Caine’s piano in a captivating conversation full of memorable melodies and intricate digressions.

In support of Present Joys, Douglas and Caine recently completed a European tour, which you can read about here, and watch their live performance from Torino below. This weekend, Dave and Uri will be in Philadelphia and Baltimore.  For more information on these performances, click here.

Present Joys is being released on LP as well as CD and download.  We’re excited to have this fine record in our catalog. Purchase your copy here.

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Dave Douglas and Uri Caine in Philadelphia and Baltimore

Posted by: Russell on July 21, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)

Present Joys US Tour Banner

Longtime friends and collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine celebrate the release of Present Joys on Greenleaf Music with two exclusive US concerts in Philadelphia and Baltimore. More information and ticket links below!



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Composition Workshop with Dave Douglas

Posted by: Russell on July 18, 2014 @ 1:08 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


Saturday August 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Michiko Studio – Stage Room
149 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036 (map)

Limited to 15 participants
Application deadline: Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dave Douglas leads a hands-on workshop about composing for small improvising ensembles. Players, composers, and thinkers about music are all welcome.

In order to get deeply into the topics planned for the workshop, a limited number of participants’ pieces will selected for reading and discussion. These pieces will represent a variety of approaches to composition and improvisation. While not every piece will be selected, Douglas will offer comments via email on all pieces submitted by registered participants. However, everyone is invited to play; we will seek a balanced group of instruments (vocalists welcome) to read the pieces. Douglas will take part in the workshop and use the pieces to discuss different approaches to composition. The group will focus on playing and talking about how to rehearse and/or improve the compositions, as well as alternative approaches that might be considered.

To apply, please send an email to containing the following items:

  • your name and contact info
  • the instrument you will play (e.g. Tenor saxophone. Electric bass. Horn in F. Voice (alto).)
  • a web link to where your performance and/or compositions can be heard
  • a piece of original composition for consideration. The piece should be on one (preferred) or two pages and can be a fragment of a larger work. It should be a concert score from which each instrumentalist will read. As such, it must be highly legible, and able to be approached in one session.

Once you apply, you will be sent a PayPal invoice as confirmation of your acceptance. Payment will confirm your registration.

This will be a very valuable session for all: players, composers, and thinkers about music.

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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.

Read the full feature

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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

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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


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