Greenleaf Artists at Winter Jazz Fest 2015!

Posted by: Russell on December 30, 2014 @ 8:59 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Events, Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

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Greenleaf is proud to announce performances from three of our artists at Winter Jazz Fest. For the uninitiated, WJF is a three-day festival packed to the gills with performances all over downtown Manhattan. See the WJF page for tickets and a map to all venues. See below for Greenleaf Artist schedules! See you there?

Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures
SubCulture
Friday, January 9
7:15 PM

Dave Douglas Quintet
Jusdson Church
Friday, January 9
9:15 PM

Ryan Keberle + Catharsis
SubCulture
Saturday, January 10
6:00 PM


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Year End thoughts from Dave Douglas: 2014

Posted by: Russell on December 29, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Perennials

dd1My gosh, so many challenges this year. The world scene is so complex, it’s hard to know where to begin. Better to think about 2015! Much new music was created in 2014 that will emerge in the new year:

Music for 16 musicians, in four groups of four, based on 14th century ars nova musical thinking, entitled “Fabliaux”. Had the pleasure and honor to collaborate with Paul Grabowsky and the Monash Art Ensemble in Melbourne, Australia on the performance and recording. Will emerge in the Fall.

Whole handful of new quintet pieces for Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston. Can’t wait to begin touring these in 2015.

Music for and by Wayne Shorter with the Sound Prints ensemble, co-led by myself and Joe Lovano. With Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, Joey Baron. A lot of you saw us on the road. The record comes out in April 2015 on Blue Note Records. We’ll play at Lincoln Center in May.

New Band! High Risk with Shigeto on electronics, Mark Guiliana on drums and electronics, and Jonathan Maron on bass and mini-moog bass. I play trumpet. We have already recorded and the record will come out in the first half of 2015. I am working feverishly on it right now. Very excited to premiere this new vision of improvised music and electronics.

Greenleaf continues to expand our catalog and offerings. Look for a new Donny McCaslin electric recording early in the year! Can’t wait. Also, more special offerings for subscribers. The Greenleaf Podcast, A Noise From The Deep will continue!

Festival of New Trumpet Music will be back with a new season in September 2015. More info and nonprofit donation information at www.fontmusic.org.

Also, thanks to the French American Jazz Exchange, I will be working in collaboration with French composer and pianist Frank Woeste in January. We are creating a new work around the life and work of surrealist Man Ray. Matt Brewer and Clarence Penn will join us in the ensemble. Looking forward to more new things!

Thank you and have a great holiday!

Dave


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 27: Joey Baron

Posted by: Russell on December 18, 2014 @ 12:10 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast
Photo by John Rogers for NPR.

Photo by John Rogers for NPR.

This episode of ANFTD features legendary drummer Joey Baron and was recorded while on tour with Dave Douglas and Sound Prints. His long and varied career features performances and recordings with some of the most notable musicians of our time. See from Wikipedia below:

Joey Baron (born June 26, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia)[1] is an American avant-garde jazz drummer probably best known for his work with Bill FrisellStan GetzSteve Kuhn, and John Zorn. He has also performed with the Los Angeles PhilharmonicDavid BowieTony BennettCarmen McRaeLaurie AndersonJohn ScofieldAl JarreauMichael JacksonJim HallEric VloeimansDizzy GillespieArt PepperJohn AbercrombieTim BernePat Martino and Eliane Elias. His own groups he has led include the Down Home Group, BarondownKiller Joey.

 

Music played in this episode:

“Little Boy” by Joey Baron from Down Home (Intuition)
Arthur Blythe, alto sax
Ron Carter, bass
Bill Frisell, guitar
Joey Baron, drums

“Bennie’s Bugle” by Bennie Goodman from Just Listen
Bill Frisell, Guitar
Joey Baron, drums

“Old Folks” by Dedette Lee Hill / Willard Robison from At the Great American Music Hall, 1976
Carmen McRae, voice
Marshall Otwell, piano
Ed Bennet, bass
Joey Baron, drums

“What” by Joey Baron from Down Home (Intuition)
Arthur Blythe, alto sax
Ron Carter, bass
Bill Frisell, guitar
Joey Baron, drums

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Dave Douglas with The Westerlies

Posted by: Russell on December 16, 2014 @ 10:23 am
Filed under: Subscriber Downloads

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This months subscriber track features Dave Douglas in a live performance with the brass quartet, The Westerlies.  We hope you enjoy!

 

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Dave Douglas Workshop Wrap-up

Posted by: Russell on December 8, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

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The Dave Douglas Workshop took place at the Michiko Stage Room yesterday. Thanks to all who attended!

We had a nice balance of instruments and instrumentalists. We played through one of my pieces and 7 pieces that were brought by participants. Everything sounded great–each piece presented a different set of challenges and opportunities. We discussed in depth: different approaches to writing for improvisers, different approaches to rehearsal, and clarity of notation and communication between the composer and the player.

I learned a lot, as I always do in these situations. Clarity, above all, seems to be the key thing. Clarity, even if it is your intention to be unclear, do it with clarity! What is your idea, how is it expressed, and how do you communicate it to a community of players, all with their own differing backgrounds and expectations? How do you unite that community in order to express that idea? It’s funny that each piece presents its own responses to these questions. Each piece demands its own answers. And yet we seemed to always come back to clarity as a key to expression. How we feel, how we think, how we speak, all comes through in the music.

I’m grateful to be able to offer these independent workshops, and I am thankful to the musicians who show up and share their music and their thoughts. We plan another workshop some time in the spring. Stay tuned to this channel for more information.


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Sound Prints European Tour Wrap-up

Posted by: Russell on December 5, 2014 @ 9:45 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)
photo: Lorenzo Duaso

photo: Lorenzo Duaso

Greenleaf owner and operator Dave Douglas comments on his recent European tour with Sound Prints. Check the player on the bottom for a preview of the upcoming album on Blue Note records.

Sound Prints toured throughout Europe in November. I think it was 12 cities in 14 days. Something like that. I never took so many urgent naps, and rarely have I had so much joy playing music every night. The touring party was myself, Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, Linda May Han Oh, and Joey Baron. Many readers of this post saw us on this tour and heard the new directions the music took night after night right on stage. Those listeners will know that the band veered into some radical new territory, fresh conversations taking place in the music, and new spirits being conjured in real time. The relationship of playing with Joe Lovano is one of the deepest and most challenging and fulfilling of my musical life. I feel privileged to be a part of this band.

Sound Prints will reconvene in May 2015 on the release of our album on Blue Note Records. The album was recorded on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2013. The new music we have been playing by Wayne Shorter was commissioned by the festival and premiered there. We also recorded two pieces by Joe and two by myself, music dedicated to the project and to celebrating the vision, music, and inspiration of Mr. Shorter. Since that time there have been many more new pieces brought into the band, and I look forward to continuing these explorations in sound and dialogue.


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The Big Sale

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THE BIG SALE

For a limited time get 30% off any item from the Greenleaf Music Online Store. That includes CD’sLP’sSheet Music… you get the idea. Just enter coupon code “bigsale” at checkout. Sale ends December 2nd!


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Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste Chosen for French-American Exchange Program

Posted by: Russell on November 19, 2014 @ 5:54 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Events

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Dave Douglas and French pianist Frank Woeste are 1 of 5 selected duos to take part in the French-American Jazz exchange program. The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States. A partnership of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, music concepts, and professional relationships.

French pianist Frank Woeste will collaborate with trumpeter Dave Douglas to create a new repertoire for a jazz quartet comprised of trumpet, bass, piano, and drums based on the work of Man Ray, the influential American modern artist who was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th Century. Influenced by Ray’s works known as “readymades,” which were pieces created out of ordinary, everyday objects, the project, entitled, “The Art of Reinvention,” will include time for composition and rehearsals followed by a recording session in New York.

Here are some words about the program from Greenleaf Music Chief Officer, Dave Douglas:

The French American Jazz Exchange is the kind of crazy idea that miraculously erupts in crazy new music! I am so grateful to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the other organizations involved in making these musical dreams a reality. This is a project that should occur across all sorts of boundaries geographical, political, and human.

Look at the projects this year alone: Nicole Mitchell with Sylvan Kassap, Steve Lehman with Maciek Lasserre, Somi with Herve Samb, and Yosvany Terry with Baptiste Trotignon. My project this year will be a new collaboration with French pianist Frank Woeste. Our project will be in dedication to French American surrealist, Man Ray. We will produce new music for a quartet including Matt Brewer, bass, and Clarence Penn, drums. I met Frank when I was introduced to him in another French-sponsored project, a collaboration with Ibrahim Maalouf.

We are both writing music now. Man Ray is a rich font of inspiration, and the cross-cultural aspects of his program speak to both Frank and myself.


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Dave Douglas & Uri Caine at SubCulture December 16

Posted by: Russell on November 17, 2014 @ 10:53 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events

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We’re happy to announce that Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas will be performing with pianist Uri Caine at SubCulture on December 16th. They’ll be performing music from their 2014 release Present Joys. Don’t miss this rare New York City appearance by this fantastic duo! Get your tickets here.


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Dave Douglas Quintet: Be Still My Soul

Posted by: Russell on November 14, 2014 @ 1:24 pm
Filed under: Subscriber Downloads

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November’s Subscriber Track comes from a live performance by the Dave Douglas Quintet. Enjoy!

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