Rudy Royston at The Village Vanguard & 303 sale!

Posted by: Russell on July 24, 2014 @ 2:28 pm
Filed under: Greenleaf (News), Rudy Royston

Lorraine Gordon hanging out with Rudy Royston at his Village Vanguard debut!

“An alert and powerful drummer, Rudy Royston has emerged as a first-tier talent…” -NY Times

Greenleaf Music celebrates Rudy Royston at legendary The Village Vanguard every night this week through Sunday, July 27 with his 303 Septet. TimeOut New York says “Expect an accessible sound that doesn’t pander—postbop with a tender sophisticated-pop sensibility, perhaps—as Royston leads a septet in pieces from the album.”

We are excited to offer Rudy’s debut album 303 at a 15% discount at the Greenleaf Music Store to celebrate his week long run at The Vanguard. Use the discount code “vvrr15″ at checkout to redeem!


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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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Pre-order “Present Joys” at the Greenleaf Music Store Today

Posted by: Emily on July 16, 2014 @ 10:53 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas & Uri Caine


Greenleaf Music is proud to announce that “Present Joys” is now available for pre-order at the Greenleaf Music store and iTunes. Out July 22, “Present Joys” is available on CD, download and a numbered limited-edition 180-gram vinyl (with free album download).

The Sacred Harp, Ye Olde New-England Psalm-Tunes, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion: these ancient “tunebooks” form the basic repertoire for countless musical groups that keep the tradition of “shape-note” singing alive. Longtime friends and collaborators, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, reunite as a duo on this recording, exploring these 18th and 19th century American songs and their influence on jazz and popular music.

Order your copy now!

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