A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 17: Apurva Narechania

Posted by: jim on February 20, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Filed under: Podcast

Invertabrate Zoologist, Apurva Narechania joins Dave and Michael to play science related music and talk about some really smart stuff: emergence properties, dinosaurs, DNA as mass storage, exoplanets and the possibility of life on other planets. Michael interviews Dave about one of his tunes from the album “Leap of Faith” and they don’t call Drummond.

Tracks in this episode:

Science Fiction – Ornette Coleman, The Complete Science Fiction Session (Columbia Records)
Ornithology – Charlie Parker, The Savoy and Dial Master Takes (Savoy)
Intuitive Science – Dave Douglas, Stargazer (Arabesque)
DNA – John O’Gallagher, Line of Sight (Arabesque)
Dangerously Slippy – Henry Threadgill and the Very Very Circus, Live at Koncepts (Taylor Made Records)
On the Milky Way Express – Dave Douglas Sextet, Stargazer (Arabesque)
Millennium Bug – Dave Douglas, Leap of Faith (Arabesque)

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Join us. Support the Artists and Access the Music

Posted by: Dave Douglas on February 18, 2014 @ 4:33 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Linda Oh, Matt Ulery, Rudy Royston, Subscriptions

Dear Friends,

As you probably know, Greenleaf Music has offered a subscription plan for several years. What you may not know is how much unreleased music is available with your subscription!

I want to let you know that we are reviving the track-a-month additions to our Subscription Series. January featured the Dave Douglas Quintet playing “Garden State” live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. February features an extra track from Rudy Royston’s fantastic new CD, 303, called “Big Money.” The rest of this year will see extra tracks from Linda Oh, Donny McCaslin, Matt Ulery, and additional tracks from yours truly, Dave Douglas.

Additionally, I selected an album length collection of exciting Dave Douglas Quintet recordings from Fall 2013. This collection features songs from the albums Be StillTime Travel and Pathways. It also features–aside from quintet members Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston–special cameo appearances from pianists Bobby Avey and Luis Perdomo.

Dave Douglas

This new Dave Douglas Quintet Live Fall 2013 album will automatically become part of the Subscription Series. If you’re already a Level 2 or Level 3 subscriber, you know how to find it. Enjoy! And if you want to take advantage of all of this special music, please consider joining those who have access.

Subscriptions also include: special updates about Greenleaf Music activities, discounts at the store, the use of our proprietary Cloud Player to stream our entire catalog, as well as the potential for free tickets and backstage visits with the artists. Visit our subscriptions page to find out more.

Please consider joining us and hearing all this music. We appreciate the support.


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Praise for Rudy Royston’s new album 303

Posted by: jim on February 13, 2014 @ 10:27 am
Filed under: Press, Rudy Royston (news)

Rudy’s album entered the SoundScan Current Jazz Chart yesterday and we couldn’t be more excited for him, and the people who are listening. In case you missed it, below is a list of some of the things that are being said about the record. If you don’t already own it, don’t waste any more time. And look for the record to climb even higher in the coming weeks!

“a first-tier talent”
Nate Chinen, The New York Times


“an ambitious and infectious debut”
Frank Alkyer, DownBeat Magazine


“No single mood, idea or direction dominates on 303, and that’s what’s so refreshing. So many albums tend to be created with tunnel vision, but 303 is more of a panoramic construct.”
Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com


“‘Mimi Sunrise,’ … is the drummer-as-bandleader statement that shows Royston’s more nuanced touches, revealing his technique as not really a trick of showmanship or virtuosity, but one of limitless possibilities of texture.”
Nate Patrin, Burning Ambulance.com


“surprisingly soulful”. . . “303 is a solid debut”
Richard Kamins, Step Tempest


“Rudy Royston steps out swinging with an auspicious debut.”
Brent Black, CriticalJazz.com


“a terrifically energetic bandleading debut”
Nate Chinen, The New York Times


Purchase 303 at:

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Composers Workshop Roundup

Posted by: Dave Douglas on February 12, 2014 @ 12:10 pm
Filed under: Workshop

Last Saturday and Sunday 25 people attended my Composers Workshop in Brooklyn. First of all, it is inspiring that so many folks made the sincere effort to come out and share, as one participant put it, “the agony of composition.”

Said one participant, "It was great to get outta my own little composing space (head) and have to work so fearlessly on something to share."

Said one participant, “It was great to get outta my own little composing space (head) and have to work so fearlessly on something to share.”

It takes a lot of guts to write and share one’s work. Especially in such a diverse group, with so many high level participants of widely differing backgrounds.

My job, and one of the reasons I love these workshops, is to guide a discussion about what it is we want to write, and how to go about finding it. I can’t tell anyone to work the way I work, and I can’t tell anyone how their lives have led them to their current work. What we work on is guiding ourselves to a place where we can honestly generate some basic musical material, and take steps to hone it, sharpen it, and turn it into a piece of music we can really call our own and be excited about.

Sometimes that means temporarily stepping out of our composer head. By that I mean that once you have written something, there are times that the best thing you can do is simply forget you are the composer and look at it like a disinterested performer. Like if you were an architect suddenly faced with brick and mortar. Make it real.

Everyone wrote and shared so intimately, everyone played, and we got well along the way with many new works. It was a true pleasure and privilege to witness this process up close. I look forward to more opportunities for these workshops in the future.

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 16: Rudy Royston

Posted by: jim on January 30, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Filed under: Podcast


In this episode Dave and Michael talk with drummer Rudy Royston about his new recording “303” on Greenleaf Music. They also talk about composing, playing in different groups and many other topics. Drummond appears for a call about metal and Periphery. And more.


Tracks in this episode:

Bounze-Rudy Royston “303” (Greenleaf Music)
Good Night Kinyah-Rudy Royston “303” (Greenleaf Music)
Gangs of New York-Rudy Royston “303” (Greenleaf Music)
Middlemarch-Dave Douglas “Be Still” (Greenleaf Music)
Good Night Kinyah-Rudy Royston “303” (Greenleaf Music)
New Groove-Periphery “Icarus” EP (Sumerian Records)
A Noise From the Deep-Dave Douglas “Keystone” (Greenleaf Music)

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New DD Workshop in Composing and Generating Ideas: Feb 8 & 9 in Brooklyn.

Posted by: jim on January 27, 2014 @ 8:17 pm
Filed under: Workshop

A January visit to the Jazz Education Network convention in Dallas, Texas reaffirmed how many different ways there are of thinking about music, and how many different teachers, and students, are taking the bull by the horns to find their own way of doing this.

I was invited to give a class on generating ideas–composing new musical thoughts to provoke new creative output for yourself and for the musicians around you. It’s a way of working that I like because a.) it is so much a part of what I continue to do in my own practice, and b.) it gives me a chance to hear how a wide range of musicians reacts and what ideas they come up with. I am always pleasantly surprised at the music that comes out of these situations. Aside from simple happiness at working on music, these sessions are great because they are about encouraging everyone to get to those ideas that are inside all of us. A small group from Brigham Young University agreed to both write and play–a daunting challenge in front of a live audience, and one they rose to in exciting ways.


February 8 and 9, 2014, I am going to give a workshop on generating and composing ideas independently in Brooklyn, NY. Please come sign up at workshop@greenleafmusic.com.

We will be writing and playing our own new music. We’ll talk about coming up with musical ideas, setting them down for other musicians to play. We’ll talk about incorporating the strengths of the players through interpretation and improvisation. Then we will play them and work towards revising, extending and making finished, presentable pieces. We’ll talk about how to continue this process and how to form and maintain a composers workshop.

RSVP at workshop@greenleafmusic.com

UPDATE: The Workshop has been filled up. Keep your eyes on our blog for information on the next. Thanks!


The sessions are three hours each day, from 1pm to 4pm. Bring music paper and pencils. Bring your computer if you prefer to write in Sibelius or Finale. Bring your instrument. Sessions are $60 each or $100 for both. Best if people come to both as we will be progressing through different phrases. But I realize it is a busy time and am happy to have people come either day.

The sessions will be at The Loove in Williamsburg: 58 North 6th Street. There is a piano, amps, drums, etc.

Thank you.

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Rudy Royston’s “303″ | Preorder now available

Posted by: jim on January 16, 2014 @ 11:40 pm
Filed under: Listening, Releases, Rudy Royston (news)

Rudy Royston by Emra Islek

After a stand-out performance with his Septet at Le Poisson Rouge last Friday, Rudy Royston’s “303″ is now available for preorder both at iTunes and on the Greenleaf Bandcamp network.

Rudy has been playing with Dave Douglas in his Quintet, on Linda Oh’s “Initial Here” album we released, and a whole slew of great bands and players——including one of our favorite guitarists Bill Frisell. “303″ is Rudy’s debut as a leader, and he really pulls out all the stops. We’re proud to have it as the latest addition to our catalog.


A Noise From The Deep Podcast, Episode 15: Greg Osby

Posted by: jim on @ 12:01 am
Filed under: Podcast


Hosts Dave Douglas and Michael Bates continue the podcast with episode 15 in which they chat with saxophonist composer Greg Osby about generating creative ideas, finding new musicians, and more. Announcing a composition workshop on February 8 & 9, 2014, questions for Drummond, and music. Send us your questions and suggestions at podcast@greenleafmusic.com.

Tracks in this episode:

Channel Three-Greg Osby, “Channel Three” (Blue Note Records) 2005
Equalatogram-Greg Osby, “Inner Circle” (Blue Note Records) 1999
Micro-Move-Steve Coleman x Greg Osby Alto Saxophone Duet, “Flashback On M-Base” (JMT) 1994
Entruption-Greg Osby, “Inner Circle” (Blue Note Records) 1999
A Night in Tunisia, Clifford Brown/Max Brown, “The Best of Mercury Years” (Mercury)
Optimism-Greg Osby, “9 Levels” (Inner Circle Music) 2008
A Noise from the Deep-Dave Douglas, “Freak In” (BMG) 2003


Homegoing | Roy Campbell & Amiri Baraka

Posted by: jim on January 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Filed under: Events


Roy Campbell’s Wake
Tuesday, January 14th, 5 to 8pm, Granby’s Funeral Home

4021 White Plains Rd, Bronx. Take the #2 or #5 train to 225 Street

Roy Campbell’s Funeral
Wednesday, 1pm in the north Bronx at St Luke’s Episcopal Church

777 East 222 Street near White Plains Rd. Take the #2 or #5 train to 225 Street

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Amiri was not only a famous poet. He was humble and tirelessly working artist who lived his life dedicated to all his people.

who used words like scalpels to cut out the disease
of our un-kind un-just un-liberated culture
but not only did he write words that cut away falseness to reveal truth or at least make us question
an unhealthy world that we take for granted as normal
but in addition – he was always there
He showed Up where he was needed

Now there is no one to show Up except us all
We must carry on
We must never stop striving’
till We All are Free
till We are All living With Justice and Humanity.

Amiri Baraka’s Wake
Friday, January 17th, Metropolitan Baptist Church, 4pm to 9pm

149 Springfield Avenue, Newark, NJ.

Saturday, January 18th at Newark Symphony Hall at 10am

1020 Broad Street, Newark, NJ

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Dave Douglas Workshop at Jazz Education Network (JEN) Saturday January 11

Posted by: Dave Douglas on January 10, 2014 @ 9:44 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Dave Douglas (News), Events, Workshop

556700_10151318143781206_1342787754_na Join me at Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, January 11th. In addition to coaching, I will be performing at noon with the BYU Synthesis band on the Inspirations stage.

At 4pm in the Pegasus room I am sharing a hands-on composition workshop. Bring a pencil and manuscript paper as we go through some ideas about generating material and overcoming writer’s block. Members of the BYU band will be playing and writing, then demonstrating some of the ideas that emerge. Should be fun and enlightening. Come say hello if you are down there!

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