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!
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!
It’s the end of the year, and the time where I roll up my sleeves, sift through my stacks of wax and digital playlists to bring you my Top’s list of the year. Many of you know that I play guitar and write for a rock and roll band—we released a record this year, actually. I have a true passion for improvised music and the music that our artists create, but as the resident rocker here at Greenleaf, my list comes from a different place than most jazz blogs you’ll read. Hope I can turn you on to some good sounds.
Part 2 of Dave Douglas’ sit down with John Zorn recorded on September 12th, 2013 at WNYU Studios. John talks about finding the language of the alto saxophone in the 70′s through an obsessive practice method, his approach to writing for recent pieces that pair through-composed elements with improvisers, and the leadership strategies of Gen. George S. Patton.
Tracks in this episode:
“Nevalah” by John Zorn from “Masada, Vol. 6: Vav”
“Kondo Toshinori” by John Zorn from “The Classic Guide to Strategy”
Risentito by John Zorn from “Aporias – Requia For Piano And Orchestra”
“Val de travers” by John Zorn from “Absinthe”
John Zorn records exclusively for Tzadik.
A Mix of Sounds, Generations and Styles
Craig Taborn, Wayne Shorter and Bill Callahan Achieve
By Nate Chinen
6. Dave Douglas Quintet “Time Travel” (Greenleaf) The trumpeter Dave Douglas formed a smart new quintet last year, and along with a beautiful album of hymns, it created this knockabout winner, capitalizing on the diversity of a roster with the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Rudy Royston.
A heartfelt congratulations to saxophonist and Greenleaf artist Donny McCaslin for being nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo! The aptly-titled “Stadium Jazz” is the opening tune on his “Casting For Gravity” album we released this year, and the one that has garnered this acclaim——it’s also one of our favorite jams on the record. You can stream the track in the Bandcamp player above. Enjoy!
Of course, an outstanding soloist needs outstanding accompaniment, and the personnel on this record is top shelf to say the least. Many thanks to Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre, and producer David Binney for helping make this record all that it is.
Let’s hear it for Donny!
December 5th, 2013
The Side Door • 8:30 PM
85 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371
December 7th, 2013
Narrows Center for the Arts • 8:00 PM
16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA 02721
$25 advance • $28 day of show