About Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer and educator from New York City.

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award and two Grammy nominations. Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active, including his new quintet; Keystone, an electric sextet; and, Sound Prints, co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano.

His new quintet released its debut recording, Be Still, in September 2012 with singer Aoife O’Donovan, the first time Douglas has featured a vocalist on a recording. The album received critical praise, with the New York Times heralding it as “gorgeous and contemplative” and Fred Kaplan in Stereophile proclaiming it “one of the best-sounding new recordings that I’ve heard by anybody in quite a while.” The follow-up recording, Time Travel, was released in April 2013. In it, Troy Collins for AllAboutJazz.com wrote: “the quintet soars…Unconstrained by thematic concerns, Douglas demonstrates his all-encompassing aesthetic, revealing a broad capacity for expressionism.” Together with a new sextet album called Pathways, Be Still and Time Travel were packaged with a DVD of studio performances and music videos as well as unreleased tracks and outtakes and released as part of a commemorative 50th Birthday Recordings box set in September 2013.

Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer among artist-run labels.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and impresario. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012. In 2013, he began his second year as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launched his own Jazz Workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players.

“Dave Douglas is the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.” – Frank Alkyer, Publisher, Down Beat

Equipment

Dave plays a large bore Bach Stradivarius that he has had for many years. It has a #25 bell. Dave uses a Bach 3B mouthpiece.

Lessons and workshops

Dave will open his studio for private sessions with musicians by request. However, he recommends either organizing a group to participate or attending one of his a public masterclasses that take place throughout the year.


 

Dave Douglas Discography

On Greenleaf (2005 – present)

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Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed Be Still, Dave Douglas and his label Greenleaf Music release Time Travel, an all-instrumental follow-up to the album Stereophile called “one of the best-sounding new recordings [we]‘ve heard by anybody in quite a while.”Even with the identical personnel – the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Rudy Royston, (sans Aoife O’Donovan), Time Travel is its own statement. Additionally master engineer Joe Ferla is onboard again to continue to pristine sound of Douglas’ bands.
Be Still
Dave Douglas
2012 Greenleaf Music

Three Views
Dave Douglas
2011 Greenleaf Music

GPS, V3: Bad Mango
Dave Douglas & So Percussion
2011 Greenleaf Music

GPS, V2: Orange Afternoons
Dave Douglas
2011 Greenleaf Music

GPS, V1: Rare Metals
Dave Douglas
2011 Greenleaf Music

United Front
Dave Douglas
2011 Greenleaf Music

Spark Of Being [3CD]
Dave Douglas & Keystone
2010 Greenleaf Music

A Single Sky
Dave Douglas
2010 Greenleaf Music

Spirit Moves [CD+DVD]
Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy
2009 Greenleaf Music

Keystone: Live at Jazz Standard
Dave Douglas & Keystone
2008 Greenleaf Music

Moonshine
Dave Douglas & Keystone
2007 Greenleaf Music

Live at the Jazz Standard [2CD]
Dave Douglas Quintet
2007 Greenleaf Music

Live at the Jazz Standard [12-set]
Dave Douglas Quintet
2006 Greenleaf Music

Meaning & Mystery
Dave Douglas Quintet
2006 Greenleaf Music

Keystone [CD+DVD]
Dave Douglas
2005 Greenleaf Music

Mountain Passages
Dave Douglas
2005 Greenleaf Music

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