Brass Ecstasy on JazzSet

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on April 7, 2011 @ 3:25 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News)

Featuring cuts from their performance at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival. Listen to the broadcast here. Many thanks to the folks at NPR for their support of this great music.

Pick up a copy of United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport at our store, iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, or your local record shop.


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Dick Buckley’s Record Collection

Posted by: admin on February 15, 2011 @ 8:19 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Culture, Events, Listening

For those who don’t know Mr. Buckley, he was a Chicago radio DJ for the better part of last century up until July 2008. His 3-hr show would accompany the weekend afternoon for me and my old roommate. We’d sip our coffee, and he would spin some of the best jazz we’d ever heard—rarely anything we knew. We always joked that there was no one in the world who knew more about early jazz than he did—“That was from 1943 with Jimmy Bognerfeld on trombone… Hmmm… I didn’t know Jimmy played trombone. He’s a drummer!”

There is still a pretty big void on the weekend since his final show. Still hoping that someone will start releasing them as podcasts—if they got recorded at all.

Dick Buckley's Record Collection

But now, via Chicago Sun Times, I find out that…

His collection of more than 8,000 jazz LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, EPs and homemade mix tapes will be auctioned off Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake. A party with background music is open to the public at 5 tonight. (RSVP by calling 312-280-1212.) Beer and cognac, Buckley’s favorite drinks, will be served.

The collection will be offered in 92 box lots of approximately 100 items each, grouped by style (Dixieland, Kansas City, etc.), artist (“Women of Jazz,” lots of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald), instrument (trombones, trumpet, guitar heavy on Wes Montgomery) and format.

Reading that made my 7AM-eyes open up right quick.

Along with the record collection, there is also, “reel-to-reels of Buckley interviews and bootleg Duke Ellington recordings that are hand-scrawled; “Jan. 20, 1946 — Civic Opera House, Program No. 33; ‘Caravan’, etc.” —thought DD might dig on that.

For those in Chicago that are interested, the auction is at 5PM on Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake.

Thanks to Matt Priest for hipping me to this story.


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Dick Buckley's Record Collection

Posted by: jim on @ 8:19 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Culture, Events, Listening

For those who don’t know Mr. Buckley, he was a Chicago radio DJ for the better part of last century up until July 2008. His 3-hr show would accompany the weekend afternoon for me and my old roommate. We’d sip our coffee, and he would spin some of the best jazz we’d ever heard—rarely anything we knew. We always joked that there was no one in the world who knew more about early jazz than he did—“That was from 1943 with Jimmy Bognerfeld on trombone… Hmmm… I didn’t know Jimmy played trombone. He’s a drummer!”

There is still a pretty big void on the weekend since his final show. Still hoping that someone will start releasing them as podcasts—if they got recorded at all.

Dick Buckley's Record Collection

But now, via Chicago Sun Times, I find out that…

His collection of more than 8,000 jazz LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, EPs and homemade mix tapes will be auctioned off Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake. A party with background music is open to the public at 5 tonight. (RSVP by calling 312-280-1212.) Beer and cognac, Buckley’s favorite drinks, will be served.

The collection will be offered in 92 box lots of approximately 100 items each, grouped by style (Dixieland, Kansas City, etc.), artist (“Women of Jazz,” lots of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald), instrument (trombones, trumpet, guitar heavy on Wes Montgomery) and format.

Reading that made my 7AM-eyes open up right quick.

Along with the record collection, there is also, “reel-to-reels of Buckley interviews and bootleg Duke Ellington recordings that are hand-scrawled; “Jan. 20, 1946 — Civic Opera House, Program No. 33; ‘Caravan’, etc.” —thought DD might dig on that.

For those in Chicago that are interested, the auction is at 5PM on Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake.

Thanks to Matt Priest for hipping me to this story.


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Stream: FONT celebrates Woody Shaw

Posted by: jim on December 22, 2009 @ 11:26 am
Filed under: Events, Listening

This just in…

Woody

 

Festival of New Trumpet Music
Celebrates Woody Shaw (1944-1989)

 
The Woody Shaw Legacy Ensemble: Brass Knights
At the Jazz Standard, New York
 
Sean Jones with Ezana Edwards, Nick Roseboro, trumpets; Mulgrew Miller, piano; Dwayne Burno, bass; musical director Victor Lewis, drums; Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III, Producer
 
MUSIC (all by Shaw)
Joshua C
The Moontrane
Katrina Ballerina
Sweet Love of Mine (Woody Shaw III on drums)
Stepping Stone
 
Stream it on demand at jazzset.npr.org after December 24, the 65th anniversary of Woody Shaw’s birth.


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DDQ: Live at Village Vanguard

Posted by: jim on December 9, 2009 @ 10:11 am
Filed under: A Single Sky, Dave Douglas (News), Events, Listening, Subscriber News

The Quintet continues at the Vanguard tonight. Thanks to all who’ve been and will be there this weekend.

The FLACs of the set from the Vanguard last night are being added to our subscriber downloads database. Those are lossless files that you subscribers can download and sink your ears in to. Thanks to WBGO and NPR for their work. Enjoy.

For non-subscribers, plenty of music to listen to at the NPR Vanguard page. And if you’d like to join our Greenleaf subscriber community, click here to see all the current special offer.

We hope to see you out at the Vanguard. Tickets are available here.

December 11th, 2009

A quick update on those files. We’ve split the set into tracks rather than the one big file up over at NPR Vanguard page. We cut the chatter, too. So it’s as clean as possible.

Also, of the seven tunes played, four have not been released yet. Those tunes and a lot of the new book that the Quintet have been and will play this weekend is scheduled to be recorded and released on the next Quintet studio album tentatively scheduled for late 2010.


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A Call To Arts

Posted by: Dave Douglas on August 20, 2009 @ 8:13 am
Filed under: Culture, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Music, Perennials

From the most recent guest post at NPR’s A Blog Supreme.

A Call To Arts
by Dave Douglas

It’s good to see arts and especially jazz philanthropy back in business, thinking about what to fund and how best to fund it and not so much about how to punishing artists who use government money to smear their bodies in chocolate or worrying about just how in particular they plan to use that crucifix. There’s a new director at the National Endowment for the Arts named Rocco Landesman who is more interested in putting on shows; The Doris Duke Foundation and Mary Flagler Cary are out with innovative initiatives; and the alphabets — MTC, CMA, AMC, NYFA, NYSCA — are all looking at ways of giving jazz and related music a place at the table. All I can say is, Thank You. Finally. At long last, we can sit down and have a decent fight over real pieces of the pie.

Helping artists and communities is more important than cracking down on profanity. I was reminded of this the other day when my drummer Nasheet Waits was sent to overweight/oversize baggage for the third time even though his cymbals are no bigger than most bags (smaller than many!) and weighs easily within the range of your average over-packed summer traveler. (I mean their bags.) The cymbals just look different. Nasheet displayed admirable poise, while I was about to explode with the kind of filth that would make Rahm Emanuel blush. It was probably just a better idea to get the cymbals on their way down through the baggage mill.

Arts are important to people’s lives. Vincent Chancey grew up in a foster home, and when his public school gave him a chance to play music he chose the weirdest looking instrument he could find. A French horn man was born, even though there’s nothing French about that horn, and even Congress wanted to change the name to Freedom Horn a few years back. But with just that smallest push, Vincent developed an idiosyncratic personal style on the horn that led to a career with Sun Ra, Lester Bowie and Diana Krall among many others. Now if we could just get him to put the thing down. Vincent’s son Bahij is headed to Yale in the fall, on a scholarship to study architecture.

In 1990 I wasn’t sure where I fit into a scene polarized by young lions, hardcore downtown avant-garde and a livelihood playing weddings, bar mitzvahs, jingles and brisses. That was the year I received an individual artist grant for composition from the National Endowment for the Arts (funding of individual artists was discontinued in 1996). It meant a lot, even if only that there was a societal value to the creative work that I really wanted to do. My musically inclined but somewhat conservative father was scandalized. (“My tax dollars are going to What?!?!”)

Are the arts controversy-free? Clearly my father didn’t think so. No, the arts aren’t all clean, but neither is life itself. Now there’s the Internet, keeping kids aware of all that’s going on around them in the world if you can get them to look away from the screen for more than a few seconds. If these initiatives have their way, when they do look away they will see arts in addition to schoolwork. It’s not safe looking at a computer screen all day, or perhaps being an artist, but there are other dangers out there, like swine flu, sexting, contaminated vegetables, Octomoms, municipal rackets marketing human kidneys, not to mention Town Hall meetings. A little controversial artwork is the least of our worries.

(more…)


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Newport Festival 2009

Posted by: jim on August 12, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
Filed under: Culture, Events

Patrick Jarenwattananon is updating us with his rundown of the Newport Festival at A Blog Supreme. Two interesting topics to read his thoughts on besides the music — Where Were The Young People At Your Last Concert?, and Can Jazz Be Saved? (Is That A Useful Question?).

In the Where were the Young People…, he writes:

I didn’t think I’d ever see Chicago free jazz at Newport. (More on that act in a later post.) But this band, one of Ken Vandermark’s most approachable, brought distorted, punk-ish backbeats as an anchor. Some younger folks didn’t appreciate it, but there were a lot of heads nodding. Including an old lady standing next to me.

Being that I’m in his hometown I have seen Vandermark play dozens of times with a few of his bands. The majority of those shows haven’t included more than 5 people over 40. I’ve often wondered why that was. Reading this just threw me for a loop. Patrick, come see Powerhouse Sound play in Chicago. You’ll be surprised how many young’n’s are there.

Thanks also for pointing me to the 15 Steps / Take 5 mashup…

More tidbits on the Festival via Jim Macnie’s Lament For A Straight Line (thanks to Accujazz’s Twitter for keeping me updated with hundreds of worthy links to check out).


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Brass Ecstasy on YouTube

Posted by: Rich Johnson on August 6, 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas (News), Greenleaf Music News, Listening, Music

The Brass Ecstasy Tiny Desk Concert made it to the front page on YouTube with now over 85,000 views. With 187 comments posted so far you get a wide variety of opinions on the short set.

Here’s just a few…

“Being a typical modern teenager, I never knew a brass ensemble would ever sound this pleasant to listen to until now. Thanks NPR for posting this :)

“you guys are awesome if you really work on that you be playing pro.”

“Best 17 min and 53 secs i spent ever”

“the trumpet players’ ray bans are sick.”

“man i love that trombone player”

“where is the vocals?”

“Thanks for the political jab at Bush, Douglas. Couldn’t help yourself, right? Twilight of the Dogs. What a clever, dyslexic title. 1-20-09 was such an inspirational day for you. Transfer of power, and all that. Here it is roughly seven months later. R U proud of the job your messiah is doing? So vastly superior to Bush, right? Uh huh. obama and his administration remind me a lot of your music. Cataphonic. Ever hear of separation of music and politics? Try it sometime. It’s nice.”

“they should play ska music, cause we all know the best music involving horns is ska, true story.”

“i agree with chewbacca”


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Brass Ecstasy – Tiny Desk Concert

Posted by: jim on July 20, 2009 @ 8:17 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy

For those who missed seeing DD & Brass Ecstasy play live as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, you can stream that performance at the Tiny Desk Concert Archive.

Setlist: “Spirit Moves”; “This Love Affair”; “Twilight of the Dogs”

The European tour wraps up this week. The last few dates are below. Click here for more details and Dave’s complete tour schedule.


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Brass Ecstasy plays NPR's Tiny Desk Concert – Today @ 3PM

Posted by: jim on June 22, 2009 @ 9:11 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (News), Events, Music

Fresh off the band’s run at the Jazz Standard, Brass Ecstasy head down to DC for a show this evening at Blues Alley. Tickets available here. Before the show, they’ll be stopping by NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert — a live performance on the 5th floor of NPR headquarters. The performance will be video streamed live at 3:30PM EST. Watch it here.


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