Greenleaf Music at Winter Jazz Fest 2014: Rudy Royston, Linda Oh, Matt Ulery

Posted by: jim on January 7, 2014 @ 10:48 am
Filed under: Events, Linda Oh (News), Matt Ulery (news), Rudy Royston (news)

We’re excited to bring you three great shows this coming weekend at WJF 2014. Performances by Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures and Matt Ulery’s Loom celebrating their 2013 releases, and another with the most recent addition to our artist roster, drummer Rudy Royston, who brings his 303 Septet to Le Poisson Rouge for a prerelease celebration. We hope to see you!


Friday, January 10th • 4:30pm
Linda Oh’s “Sun Pictures”
Michiko Studios • 149 W 46th St, NYC [map]

Ben Wendel, saxophone • Matt Stevens, guitar • Linda Oh, bass • Ted Poor, drums

Friday, January 10th • 7:30pm
Matt Ulery’s Loom
The Bitter End • 147 Bleecker Street, NYC [map]

Marquis Hill, trumpet • Geof Bradfield, bass clarinet • Rob Clearfield, piano & accordion • Matt Ulery, bass • Jon Deitemyer, drums

Saturday, January 11th • 7:15pm
Rudy Royston’s 303 Septet
Le Poisson Rouge • 158 Bleecker Street, NYC [map]

Jon Irabagon, sax • Nadja Noordhuis, trumpet • Nir Felder, guitar • Matt Mitchell, piano • Yasushi Makamura, bass • Rudy Royston, drums

Prerelease celebration of “303″ releasing February 4th on Greenleaf Music!
Preorder at iTunes!

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Greenleaf Artists Sound Off: Year End Observations & Music Thoughts

Year end thoughts from Dave Douglas, Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Linda Oh, Kneebody, Matt Ulery


Dave Douglas

Henry Brant would be 100! After co-producing his 52 trumpet piece with Festival of New Trumpet Music, I discovered his book called “Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator’s Handbook.” It is extraordinary, a great insight into what made that music so powerful. I will spend another 50 years trying to digest it. It’s still in print, and worth looking up.

Wayne Shorter turned 80. John Zorn turned 60. I turned 50. Joe Lovano and I were honored to have a small role in the Wayne Shorter events, playing with our quintet, Sound Prints, with Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, and Joey Baron, at several celebrations. The Zorn at 60 marathons were some of the most inspiring days of music I have ever seen; definitely like playing on an all-star team. And traveling with my own quintet, with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston, has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling musical experiences of my life. It is a profound pleasure developing the music with these good people. We still have about 15 states to go and I look forward to working on that! Stay warm and we will hope to see you in Hawaii in the cold season.


Miguel Zenon, Oye, Live in Puerto Rico
Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense, Moment & The Message
Mauro Ottolini Sousaphonix, Bix Factor


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30% off everything at the Greenleaf stores, Friday through Monday

Posted by: jim on November 28, 2013 @ 10:36 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Donny McCaslin (News), Linda Oh (News), Matt Ulery (news), Releases


We’re starting off the holidays with a big sale, 30% any and all CDs, LPs, and Sheet Music.

Use coupon code “greenleafthirty” at any of our artist stores

Dave DouglasMatt UleryLinda OhDonny McCaslin

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Matt Ulery’s Loom plays NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Posted by: jim on October 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am
Filed under: Events, Listening, Matt Ulery (news), Video

Matt Ulery stopped by the NPR Music studios with his Loom Quintet while on an East Coast jaunt a few months ago and played two of our favorite tracks from his latest Greenleaf release, Wake An Echo. You can download the source audio from the performance NPR Music page.

We’ve also taken this opportunity to add two new bonus tracks from the Wake An Echo sessions. “Away Again” and “Bluest Blue” are available for download with your purchase of the CD or digital album.

“Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It’s intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.”
— NPR Music

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Matt Ulery’s #WakeAnEcho record release at Shapeshifter Lab, Critics Pick in Downbeat

Posted by: jim on August 19, 2013 @ 9:22 am
Filed under: Events, Matt Ulery (news)

This Tuesday, August 20th, Matt Ulery presents a special concert at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab. This double bill will marry his two most recent projects. Set one will celebrate the release of his latest album Wake An Echo (GLM | iTunes) with his Loom quintet, and the second set premieres (for New Yorkers) his 2012 work By A Little Light (GLM | iTunes). The latter will feature the Loom quintet with a string section of special guests including violinist Zach Brock. This show is not to be missed!


‹‹‹ RSVP via Facebook ›››

After the NY show, Loom heads to DC for a show at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. We’re also excited to let you know that a Tiny Desk Concert is in the works, the band filming the spot this week. We’ll update you ASAP on that. In the meantime, hope to see you out at the show!

Wednesday, August 21st
Bethesda Blues and Jazz
7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

If you haven’t checked out the new album yet, listen to some tracks above, and pick up a copy at the Greenleaf-run Matt Ulery Bandcamp store. If you need some more words to seal the deal, check out the Critics Pick in Downbeat Mag this month.

Matt Ulery’s Loom, Wake An Echo

Bassist Matt Ulery’s quietly compelling compositions on his new disc should come as no surprise to anyone who heard last year’s By A Little Light (Greenleaf Music). But while the predecessor was a large-group statement (with added voices and strings) spread over two discs, Wake An Echo is a single CD that presents Ulery’s Chicago-based instrumental quintet, Loom. None of this means that the new album is any less ambitious, or less accomplished. Even without singers present, each of these tracks has a distinctive vocal quality, as Ulery crafts complex harmonies and graceful structural shifts… Continue Reading

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Release day for Matt Ulery’s #WakeAnEcho, New tracks streaming

Posted by: jim on July 16, 2013 @ 11:41 am
Filed under: Matt Ulery (news), Press, Releases, Video

“This is music of brisk intelligence and an almost off-putting abundance of composure… with frictionless access to great chunks of classical postminimalism, atmospheric indie-rock and harmonically astute post-bop.”
-NY Times


“…an abundantly atmospheric work built on exotic scales, muted instrumental colors and darkly moody expression… revels in unhurried but circuitous melody lines & lush instrumental colors.”
-Chicago Tribune


“…fiery improvisational chops with a measured cool that complements the cinematic, thoroughly composed elements in Ulery’s music. Ulery is already making music unlike anyone else.”
-Chicago Reader


Wake An Echo brims with gorgeous melodies and voluptuous arrangements. Ulery has placed his almost other-worldly compositions into another perfect setting; it hints at a larger orchestra while maintaining a more intimate transparency.”

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Matt Ulery’s Loom Record Release Shows at Green Mill, July 12-13

Posted by: jim on July 10, 2013 @ 5:14 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Events, Matt Ulery (news)

Two nights celebrating the release of “Wake An Echo” available on Greenleaf Music. Green Mill does not do advance tickets, but click here to RSVP on Facebook so we know you’re coming.


“Ulery recorded his terrific new album, Wake an Echo, with his long-running quintet Loom, and his attraction to composed music is changing the complexion of this hard-driving postbop combo… Ulery is already making music unlike anyone else…”
Read the full concert preview

July 12 & 13th, 2013
Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway Ave
Chicago, IL [map]

Personnel: Marquis Hill (trumpet), Geof Bradfield (bass clarinet), Rob Clearfield (piano/accordion), Matt Ulery (double bass), Jon Deitemyer (drums/cymbals)

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New music: Matt Ulery’s Loom, Wake An Echo

Posted by: jim on June 26, 2013 @ 5:28 am
Filed under: Matt Ulery (news), Music, Releases, Video

Wake An Echo by Matt Ulery’s Loom.
CD/digital available now for preorder.
Listen, buy, share.


With his 2012 release By A Little Light, Chicago bassist and composer Matt Ulery presented profoundly rich compositions for a large ensemble. The sprawling two-disc collection, lush with strings, winds, and vocals—care of the iconoclastic contemporary classical ensemble eighth blackbird, and Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik—was called “one of the most hauntingly beautiful recordings of [2012]” by Chicago Tribune, received ★★★★ ½ in Downbeat, and appeared on NPR’s Top 50 Albums of the Year across all genres. For his follow-up—his second for the Greenleaf Music label—Ulery sets aside the grandeur of the large ensemble without sacrificing the beauty inherent in his compositions, reimagining his long-standing Loom Quintet on Wake An Echo.

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Two for Chicago: Dave Douglas at Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Matt Ulery at House Party Series

Posted by: jim on February 21, 2013 @ 5:35 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Events, Matt Ulery (news)

Dave Douglas Quintet at Elmhurst Jazz Festival

Matt Ulery's Loom Trio in Chicago

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Great Things about 2012

Posted by: Dave Douglas on January 2, 2013 @ 4:11 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas Quintet, Humor, Matt Ulery (news)

There were some tough news stories towards the end of last year. That’s no reason not to appreciate the great things from 2012. Here are a few things I really appreciated. Thank you.

Obama, Reelected.

That we’re not looking at Mitt Romney is a blessing. Mitt’s son now tells us that Mitt didn’t actually want to run or serve, so, a blessing for all of us.

Marathons, The Ryan Adjustment.

In case you missed it, the Republican vice presidential candidate gave a rough estimate of his marathon time that was about an hour faster than the truth. As a marathoner who failed to break my goal of four hours this year (look out 2013!) I really appreciated that, and have consistently applied said adjustment ever since.

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FONT Music @10

Festival of New Trumpet Music celebrates ten years of activity with commissions and performances around New York. Festival opened with Stephanie Richards’ performance at the carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Thankfully it was before Hurricane Sandy, shown here. FONT Music will continue in September of 2013.

Banff Center for the Arts.

As a part of my final season, The Banff Center invited me to compose a final piece for the closing concert. Pathways was recorded by Joe Ferla at the center, and will be released in 2013 on Greenleaf Music. It features Greg Tardy, Josh Roseman, Uri Caine, Linda Oh, and Clarence Penn. On one track we are joined by Aoife O’Donovan.

Joe Ferla.

Joe joined me for another project this year and outdid himself with the sound. It is most evident on the vinyl edition of Be Still. My new Qunitet also recorded with Joe, and the record will be out in March, entitled Time Travel.

Royal Academy of Music.

Thrilled to be a part of the program at the Royal Academy in London where I will again serve in the Kenny Wheeler Chair in 2013. View shows

Key and Peele.

Start at the first season and go from there. These guys are the best.

Texts From Hillary

“Guys, if you’re going to play Well You Needn’t at least check out the Monk changes.”

McKayla Maroney is not impressed. Tough out there. We’re going to make 2013 better for sure.

Matt Ulery

Not just because he made a beautiful record for Greenleaf. Matt brought a lot of dedication and heart to the scene, both live and on record, and he is destined for bigger things. Check him out.

Aoife O’Donovan.

Denver bassist Greg Garrison brought together a great group including Matt Flinner and John Gunther this year. Thanks to Greg I met Aoife and her music. She brought me a lot of inspiration this year and we will be continuing live shows in 2013.

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