High Risk at Willisau Jazz Festival

Posted by: russell on August 24, 2015 @ 11:56 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events

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Dave Douglas and High Risk will be performing on August 26th at JAZZ FESTIVAL WILLISAU in Switzerland. More information about the performance is here, and buy your tickets here.

Featuring:

Dave Douglas – trumpet
Shigeto – electronics / beats
Jonathan Maron – bass
Ches Smith – drums
Geoff Countryman – engineer

Check out a bit of High Risk below, buy your copy now at the GLM Store.


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Rudy Royston’s 303 at the Village Vanguard

Posted by: russell on August 4, 2015 @ 12:03 pm
Filed under: Events, Rudy Royston

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We’re super excited that Rudy Royston is playing sets at 8:30 and 10:30 pm from Tuesday, August 4th until Sunday August 9th at the Village Vanguard (get your tickets and info). This is his second time leading a band in as many years and we’re dying to see what he has in store. Check out some tracks from his record on Greenleaf right here (buy the record here!):

Rudy Royston – drums
Nadje Noordhuis – trumpet
Jaleel Shaw – saxophones
Sam Harris – piano
Nir Felder – guitar
Mimi Jones – bass
Yasushi Nakamura – bass


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Donny McCaslin – West Coast tour!

Posted by: russell on July 17, 2015 @ 1:41 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Events

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Donny McCaslin is heading to the west coast! Following the celebrated release of his album Fast Future, Donny will be performing and giving masterclasses in California with his acclaimed band of Jason Lindner, Matt Clohesy, and Mark Guiliana. More information below!

July 18
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2, Santa Cruz, CA
7:30pm (tickets)

July 20
Stanford Jazz Festival
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA
7:30pm (tickets)

July 28
Masterclass
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St #2, Santa Cruz, CA
7:00pm (tickets)


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Pre-Order Donny McCaslin’s “Fast Future” on iTunes Today + Tour Dates

Posted by: russell on March 4, 2015 @ 5:20 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Events

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We’re happy to announce the iTunes pre-order for tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s new release Fast Future. Fast Future reprises the stunning electro-acoustic quartet from McCaslin’s critically-acclaimed album Casting for Gravity that garnered McCaslin a 2014 GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Instrumental Jazz Solo” on the track “Stadium Jazz.” However as the title implies, Fast Future finds McCaslin and company – keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana, along with longtime producer David Binney – hurtling further into the relatively unexplored crossroads between jazz and electronica with virtuosic musicianship. Long influenced by fusion pioneers like Weather Report and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, McCaslin integrates those hybrid instincts with innovative modern artists like Aphex Twin and Skrillex.

“I really love the sonic textures and ambient vibe that you hear in a lot of that music,” says McCaslin of the influence that electronica and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) has had on his music. “Having these guys improvising and interacting within that sonic landscape feels great.” Pre-Order your copy now!

Donny will be touring throughout the US and Canada, don’t miss the chance to see him live!

3/5/2015 | 10:00 pm | The 55 Bar | New York, NY | Buy Tickets

3/7/2015 | 8:00 pm | Zipper Concert Hall | Los Angeles, CA | Buy Tickets

3/13 & 3/14/2015 | 8:00 pm |Cuesta College PAC | San Luis Obispo, CA | Buy Tickets

3/19/15 | 7:00 pm | L’Astral | Montréal | Buy Tickets

3/25 – 3/28/2015 | 8:00 pm | Mondavi Center | Davis, CA | Buy Tickets

4/1/2015 | 8:00 pm | Humber College | Toronto | Buy Tickets

4/7 & 4/8 | 7:30 & 10:00 pm | Jazz Standard | New York, NY | Buy Tickets

5/18/2015 | 7:00 & 9:00 pm | Yoshi’s | Oakland, CA | Buy Tickets


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If you are a Grenleaf Music Subscriber I have great news for you! As of today you can stream Donny McCaslin’s Fast Future in its entirety on the Greenleaf Cloud Player! Just sign in and head to the Cloud Player. You can expect discount codes for Fast Future to arrive in your inbox shortly.

If you aren’t a subscriber feel free to peruse our site to see what you’re missing (you’re missing a lot). From the Subscriber Series, to the Serial Sessions, to the Cloud Player, to the discounts on all purchases, I’m sure you’ll find a reason to subscribe soon.

Want more music? We feel the same way.


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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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Perpetual Motion #TBT and Donny McCaslin at Regattabar Feb 12th

Posted by: russell on January 29, 2015 @ 4:12 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Events

As we move through 2015 we want to take a moment to reflect on all the great music that we’ve been lucky enough to release over the past 10 years.

Donny McCaslin’s Perpetual Motion (preview and buy) shares its fourth anniversary (on January 25) as Dave Douglas’ Mountain Passages. Not to be overshadowed by that or by Donny’s subsequent projects, this “fiercely contemporary and exploratory” (JazzTimes) with its “hard-hitting funk vamps and percolating polyrhythm” (AllAbout Jazz) sets the stage for 2012’s electro-jazz excitement of Casting for Gravity as well as his next release, Fast Future. Check it out! #TBT #Greenleaf10

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No saxophonist is more deserving of wider recognition than McCaslin, and this acoustic-electric effort may be his best yet. It’s bop, it’s funk, and it’s rock, all in one. – Steve Greenlee, The Boston Globe

 

If you’re in the Boston area don’t miss Donny at Regatta Bar on February 12th at 7:30 pm for one set. He’ll be playing with Jason Lindner on keyboards, Matt Clohesy on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums in a pre-release effort for his upcoming record Fast Future on Greenleaf Music. Get your tickets here before they run out!

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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 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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Dave Douglas & Uri Caine at SubCulture December 16

Posted by: russell on November 17, 2014 @ 10:53 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events

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We’re happy to announce that Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas will be performing with pianist Uri Caine at SubCulture on December 16th. They’ll be performing music from their 2014 release Present Joys. Don’t miss this rare New York City appearance by this fantastic duo! Get your tickets here.


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