Donny McCaslin nominated for Grammy, Best Improvised Solo

Posted by: jim on December 7, 2013 @ 11:30 am
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Events

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A heartfelt congratulations to saxophonist and Greenleaf artist Donny McCaslin for being nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo! The aptly-titled “Stadium Jazz” is the opening tune on his “Casting For Gravity” album we released this year, and the one that has garnered this acclaim——it’s also one of our favorite jams on the record. You can stream the track in the Bandcamp player above. Enjoy!

Of course, an outstanding soloist needs outstanding accompaniment, and the personnel on this record is top shelf to say the least. Many thanks to Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, and producer David Binney for helping make this record all that it is.

Let’s hear it for Donny!


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Donny McCaslin Trio in CT & MA this week

Posted by: jim on December 3, 2013 @ 10:41 am
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Events

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December 5th, 2013
The Side Door • 8:30 PM
85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371
$25

December 7th, 2013
Narrows Center for the Arts • 8:00 PM
16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA 02721
$25 advance • $28 day of show


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Posted by: jim on November 28, 2013 @ 10:36 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin (News), Greenleaf (News), Releases

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Donny McCaslin, Live at Newport – full set stream via WBGO

Posted by: jim on August 5, 2013 @ 3:11 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Listening

Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR

Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR

Stream the full set at WBGO ›››

Donny McCaslin
Live at The Newport Jazz Festival – August 4, 2013

Setlist:

Perpetual Motion
Stadium Jazz
Losing Track of Daytime
Henry
Tension

Personnel:

Donny McCaslin, Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, and Nate Wood

Casting for Gravity now available at Donny’s new Bandcamp store


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Donny McCaslin on NPR’s Piano Jazz

Posted by: jim on May 15, 2013 @ 9:53 am
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Listening

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Setlist

“Take The ‘A’ Train” (E.K. Ellington, B. Strayhorn)
“Isfahan” (B. Strayhorn)
“Memphis Redux” (D. McCaslin)
“M” (D. McCaslin)
“All The Things You Are” (J. Kern, O. Hammerstein)
“Late Night Gospel” (D. McCaslin)
“What Is This Thing Called Love?” (C. Porter)

via npr.org | Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start at age 12, when he began playing in his vibraphonist father’s band in Santa Cruz, Calif. That group played the Monterey Jazz Festival for three years. In 1984, McCaslin took a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston; while there, he performed regularly in the area with Ken Schaphorst’s True Colors Big Band.

McCaslin then joined with another vibraphonist, Gary Burton, and toured the world with him for four years. After moving to New York City, he performed with the group Steps Ahead, and has also played with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, John Medeski, the Dave Douglas Quintet and many others.

McCaslin has recorded 10 albums as a leader. His most recent release, Casting for Gravity, fuses jazz with electronic textures influenced by artists such as Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada.


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Beyond Category: Donny McCaslin live from Voice of America stage

Posted by: jim on January 26, 2013 @ 7:18 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Video

Donny McCaslin Group with Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, and Zach Danziger play tunes from Casting For Gravity on the Voice of America stage as part of Beyond Category with Eric Felton.

About Beyond Category:

The great Duke Ellington described the best music as being “beyond category.” “Beyond Category with Eric Felten” brings the best of jazz, blues, swing, and more.

Join host Eric Felten in the clubs around Washington D.C. for a behind-the-scenes, intimate conversation with world-class musicians working in jazz and blues. Part interview, part jam session, explore the history, rhythms and sounds of great music.

Your host, a jazz trombonist in his own right, interviews great artists – and sits in to perform with them, taking the audience on an unpredictable musical adventure.


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Donny McCaslin – Winter Tour in Europe

Posted by: jim on January 21, 2013 @ 5:53 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Events

Donny McCaslin Group
with Matt Mitchell, Tim Lefevbre, & Nate Wood

22 JAN — Zurich, CH
23 JAN — Marostica, IT
24 JAN — Catania, IT
25 JAN — Ferrara, IT
27 JAN — Linz, AT
28 JAN — Prague, CZ
29 JAN — Bielsko-Biala, PL
30 JAN — Tilburg, NL
31 JAN — Middelburg, NL
01 FEB — Granollers, ES
More info


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Casting For Gravity at Jazz Standard

Posted by: jim on December 3, 2012 @ 3:33 pm
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The Many Voices…

Posted by: jim on November 20, 2012 @ 4:07 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin (News), Greenleaf (News), Greenleaf Portable Series (GPS), Press

Will Layman has written a fantastic article called The Many Voices of Trumpeter and Composer Dave Douglas at PopMatters. Dave’s latest album Be Still is represented, but also some kind words about other label releases from Donny McCaslin and Linda Oh and how they fit into the “big tent” that is the musical world of DD.

The Many Voices of Trumpeter and Composer Dave Douglas

By Will Layman

The most moving music of 2012 for me has surely been the collection Be Still, by trumpeter Dave Douglas. A serene and shimmering marriage between jazz and devotional hymns, Be Still was inspired by the death of Douglas’s mother—and it extinguished any notion that jazz is all cerebellum and no heart.

That this great work should come from Douglas in 2012 is hardly a surprise. Douglas has been a critical voice—and recently a critical mentor to younger players—in jazz for 20 years. And that it should mean that much to me is also not surprise. Douglas and I grew up in the place and time as I did, and—as he reflects the loss of his parents in his music—has many of my own concerns in his heart.

His music is personal. Putting aside Be Still, that may seem odd, as he is mainly a voice in today’s post-modern jazz, a realm of much abstraction not usually given to autobiography or confession. But Douglas’s work is personal because its incredible range and diversity, taken as a whole, is a portrait of a brilliant and complete man.

The last year shows this with perfect clarity. You can forget the broad swath of his work from previous years: his music for silent movie soundtracks, his use of turntables and electronics, his immersion in Balkan music and his album of Joni Mitchell covers. Douglas’s released music in the last 12 months is enough to suggest that he is the most interesting and heartfelt jazz musician in recent times.

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The Greenleaf Sampler 2012

Posted by: jim on October 31, 2012 @ 4:42 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin (News), Greenleaf (News), Greenleaf Music News, Listening

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