Donny McCaslin at the Green Mill 10/23 & 10/24

Posted by: russell on October 19, 2015 @ 4:11 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Events

Donny McCaslin Green Mill

Donny McCaslin will be playing music from his 2015 release Fast Future at the Green Mill this weekend. Don’t miss this chance to see this group live! Listen to samples and see details below

Donny McCaslin Group
Green Mill, Chicago
Donny McCaslin, tenor saxophone · Jason Lindner, keyboards
Matt Clohesy, bass · Zach Danziger, drums
October 23rd
9:00pm – 1:00am
October 24th
8:00pm – midnight
   Green Mill Jazz Club
4802 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
773 878. 5552

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Brazen Heart in the Press

Posted by: russell on October 12, 2015 @ 9:14 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Press

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“Brazen Heart” clears a high bar for chemistry.
-Nate Chinen, The New York Times

A few years ago the trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas released “Be Still,” a beautifully poignant album made in response to the loss of his mother. The album also formally unveiled his new band, a young quintet with the creative resources to hit the ground running. “Brazen Heart,” Mr. Douglas’s assured new release, showcases the same group at a more advanced stage in its evolution, as he again tries to transcend grief with art. (read more at NYTimes)



The third album by Dave Douglas’s road-tested new-generation quintet is a fine balance of freedom and control.
-Mike Hobart, The Financial Times



Douglas seeks to give his bandmates maximum freedom within his compositions, so ideas appear and bloom unexpectedly.
-James Hale, Soundstage Network

Looking back over his incredibly prolific 22-year recording career, which has generated close to 40 albums under his leadership, you may find it difficult to remember that trumpeter Dave Douglas was something of a late bloomer. Born in 1963, he was a week away from turning 30 when he went into Sear Sound in midtown Manhattan to record Parallel Worlds, his debut on the Soul Note label. That noted, the New Jersey native was anything but a musical neophyte when he made that recording; he had been honing his sound since he was nine, including almost a decade on New York City’s downtown music scene. (read more at Soundstage Experience)


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Dave Douglas Cover Story in October Issue of JazzTimes

Posted by: russell on October 7, 2015 @ 4:25 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)


Greenleaf cofounder Dave Douglas is the cover story for October’s JazzTimes (article available here). The generation-defining trumpeter and composer talks to Nate Chinen about 10 years of balancing artistic instinct and business sense at the helm of Greenleaf Music.

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Brazen Heart Out Today!

Posted by: russell on October 2, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas Quintet, Linda Oh, Video

We’re happy to announce that Brazen Heart is officially released today! Check out the live footage from the studio of the tune Wake Up Claire featuring solos from everyone in the band. The quintet will tour Europe this month promoting the record. Check out dates below.


MON 12 OCT Jazzclub Fasching / Stockholm, SE Buy Tickets
WED 14 OCT Teatro Donizetti / Bergamo, IT Buy Tickets
THU 15 OCT Jazz Club / Singen, DE Buy Tickets
FRI 16 OCT Flagey – Studio 4 / Brussels, BE Buy Tickets
SAT 17 OCT Hugo Wolf Saal / Leibnitz, AT Buy Tickets
SUN 18 OCT Kinoteatr Rialto / Katowice, PL Buy Tickets
WED 21 OCT Babylon / Istanbul, TR Buy Tickets
THU 22 OCT Conservatorio Mantova / Mantova, IT
FRI 23 OCT Muze / Heusden-Zolder, BE Buy Tickets
SAT 24 OCT Het Spoor / Harelbeke, BE
SUN 25 OCT Grillo Theater / Essen, DE Buy Tickets

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The Serial Sessions: From Thin Air

Posted by: russell on October 1, 2015 @ 1:05 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads


The ninth track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is From Thin Air. Dave Douglas comments below:

Dedicated to Kenny Wheeler: In honor of the closing of 2015 Festival Of New Trumpet Music, Greenleaf releases the single track ‘From Thin Air’ a new composition I wrote in memory of Kenny Wheeler. It features Ryan Keberle, Chet Doxas, Frank Woeste, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston.

This piece joins the other tracks on the Serial Sessions – tracks released once a month for subscribers and supporters of Greenleaf Music. I am grateful for your support. And I am very proud of this recording and want you to hear it! A few more to come this year.

If you are a subscriber, download your mp3 or hi-res wav below. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

This content is for members only.
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Trumpet Music Days and Nights

Posted by: russell on September 23, 2015 @ 11:27 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

New Trumpet Music is something I’ve been involved in for a long time. Roy Campbell, Jr. and I decided, in 2002, to organize a group to support new music and musicians involved with the instrument. I’ve been president of this all volunteer, musician-run organization since that time.

This week, from September 24 through 29, FONT Music will present 6 days and nights of music in New York. Aside from all the normal great music in New York, this festival adds:
– A night of cross-genre new music with Asphalt Orchestra and yMusic at Rockwood on the 24th;
– Thomas Bergeron’s arrangements of Messiaen in “Sacred Feast” 25th;
– Marquis Hill’s “Signatures in Brass” with 5 other top players on the 26th;
– Two experimental nights at Downtown Music Gallery curated by Nate Wooley and Aaron Shragge, 27 & 28;
– Celebration of Dr. Eddie Henderson on September 29 at The New School.

All information and tickets can be found at

FONT Music is a group whose mission is dear to me. There’s no stylistic boundary to the music. No boundary in terms of community, gender, age, ambition. It’s all music, all varieties, supporting the players and composers.

Thank you for reading and listening. I hope to see you at some of these events. Please say hello, I will be there with open ears.

Dave Douglas

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Brazen Heart Available for Preorder at the GLM Store!

Posted by: russell on September 21, 2015 @ 11:18 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas


We’re happy to announce that Brazen Heart is now available for preorder from the Greenleaf Music Store. Preorder your copy now! The album will officially drop on October 2.

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The Serial Sessions: Mission Creep

Posted by: russell on September 20, 2015 @ 12:15 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber Downloads


The eighth track for the Subscriber Series Serial Sessions is Mission Creep. This track features solos from all of the horn players (Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas and Ryan Keberle) and pianist and Frank Woeste.

If you are a subscriber, download your mp3 or hi-res wav below. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

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Dave Douglas Downbeat Q&A

Posted by: russell on September 17, 2015 @ 2:56 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Press


Taken from Downbeat:

Trumpeter Dave Douglas is one of jazz’s most adventurous minds, leading a stunning array of diverse projects.

In 2015 he’s released two very different CDs: High Risk, a richly textured collaboration with electronica producer Shigeto (aka Zachary Saginaw), and Brazen Heart, the third album by his stellar quintet with saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston.

That’s in addition to several more accomplishments: celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Greenleaf Music label; hosting a podcast featuring interviews with the likes of Henry Threadgill, John Zorn and Marc Ribot; and directing the annual Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), which will take place in New York City on Sept. 24–29 and will honor Eddie Henderson.

DownBeat caught up with Douglas via Skype a few days after the quintet performed together for the first time in six months at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

DownBeat: The quintet sounds like it’s really evolved over the last few years.

Dave Douglas: I feel like every time you play it’s an opportunity to grow and find some new areas to play in. With this band in particular, the way everyone plays keeps me on my toes as a composer. It has to do with how you construct the conversation and how people take part in that conversation.

How do you open the door enough for everyone to say what they have to say, and discover and explore what they want to explore, and still have the music retain a shape and have a distinctive voice?

Of course, Miles Davis was the great master of that, but Wayne Shorter is my great guiding star in the music. His views on freedom and his current approach to process in an improvising jazz group are revolutionary in the sense that they throw away a lot of the accepted conventions of the way we normally do things. And that’s an overarching philosophy for him—I think. I don’t want to pretend that I understand Wayne. (read more at

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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 33: Amir El Saffar

Posted by: russell on September 15, 2015 @ 7:51 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Amir-ElSaffar-Press-Landing-2-682x1024Amir El Saffar is playing with Two Rivers at Symphony Space on September 17. Other dates in the current tour can be found at

Festival of New Trumpet Music, from September 24 to 29 in New York, can be found at

All music excerpts are from Amir’s new recording on Pi Recordings, Crisis.

Amir El Saffar – trumpet, vocal, santur
Carlo DeRosa – bass
Nasheet Waits – drums
Ole Mathisen – tenor and soprano sax
Tareq Abboushi – buzuq
Zafer Tawil – oud, percussion

Love Poem
Taqsim Saba
The Great Dictator
all composed by Amir El Saffar

Musicians mentioned:

Samy El Bably, Trumpeter from Egypt.

Hamid Al Saadi, Iraqi maqam vocalist.

Ziad Rahbani, Lebanese pianist and composer.

Amir also mentions the poet Ibn Arabi, one of the great Sufi mystics.
Info on him at Wikipedia and Ibn ‘Arabi Society.

The translation of Love Poem is:

The loved ones of my heart, where are they?
By God, tell me, where are they?
As you saw their illusion,
will you show to me their reality?
How long, how long was I seeking them,
and how often did I beg to be united with them,
Until I had no fear of being parted from them,
and yet I feared to be amongst them.
Perhaps my happy star will hinder
their going afar from me,
That my eye may be blest with them,
and that I may not ask, ‘Where are they?’


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