New Artist: Greg Ward to Release Touch My Beloved’s Thought!

Posted by: mark on May 10, 2016 @ 10:32 am
Filed under: Greg Ward, Releases

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We’re excited to announce that Greg Ward is joining Greenleaf Music!

A multi-faceted saxophonist and composer based in Chicago, Greg has instigated a number of his own creative projects and worked with artists such as Andrew D’Angelo, Lupe Fiasco, William Parker, Mike Reed and Tortoise.

Ward was commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago to create an expansive work paying homage to Charles Mingus’ album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. The resulting piece features a large ensemble of first call Chicago improvisers along with a dance troupe choreographer by Onye Ozuzu.

The piece was premiered at the Chicago Jazz Festival in August 2015. Read the Chicago Tribune review here.

The live recording from that concert, which captures the immediacy and energy of the music, will be released as Touch My Beloved’s Thought on Greenleaf Music on July 8!


The album will be available for preorder on June 1 from our store and iTunes.

Stay tuned for more information, including details on album release shows in Chicago and New York.

Welcome Greg!

For upcoming show details, click here.

You can check out Greg’s website here.


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The New Yorker and New York Times Preview High Risk at Roulette!

Posted by: mark on May 6, 2016 @ 11:04 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events, High Risk, Press

Saturday’s Dave Douglas High Risk show at Roulette is the New York debut for this electronic-inspired group. So it is fitting that both the New Yorker and New York Times published gig previews:


This ravenously adventurous trumpeter and composer is no stranger to electronica. With High Risk, alongside the drummer Mark Guiliana, the bassist Jonathan Maron, and the beats master Shigeto, Douglas fearlessly follows his muse farther down the rabbit hole, to a place where jazz improvisation collides with contemporary sonics.”
-Steve Futterman, The New Yorker


Mr. Douglas, the trumpeter and composer, renewed his smartly probing engagement with electronic music on “High Risk,” an album featuring Shigeto, a beat-minded producer, along with Jonathan Maron on electric bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. The same coalition just released an engaging sequel, “Dark Territory,” and will perform at Roulette, expanding on its designs with spontaneous interplay.”
-Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Details about the Roulette show can be found here.

Learn more about Dark Territory record here.

You can download the digital music from our store


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New Sanctuary | Maggio

Posted by: russell on May 4, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads


A note from Dave:

So exciting to play with my good friends Marc Ribot and Susie Ibarra. They play with such fire and passion! Enjoy this new track for the New Sanctuary Series: Maggio.

When I first moved to New York in 1984, I used to rehearse and practice at a space that was next to Ronald Shannon Jackson’s studio. It was during prime Decoding Society. Those guys were so incredible! I played with Shannon a few times in the studio. He had an amazing trumpet player named Henry Scott in the band. Serious chops. Those guys could play ferocious.

The energy on this track reminds me of those days in a way. Can’t wait to do some live shows with this band. Thanks for listening.

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Dark Territory Available Now!

Posted by: mark on April 15, 2016 @ 11:19 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, High Risk


Dark Territory, the new recording from Dave Douglas’ electronic-inspired High Risk project, is out today!

This Limited Edition LP is available on 180 gram vinyl and includes a complete digital audio download.

Regarding the album

Regarding the album’s title, Dave says:

“Dark Territory was inspired by the author Fred Kaplan and his new book about the history of cyberwar. Fred suggested the title Dark Territory for the second High Risk album, and I think it is fitting because of the murky and mysterious terrain between improvisation, composition and technology. The players on this album, Shigeto, Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana, definitely employed some devious tactics in making this recording. Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyberwar is also the title of Fred’s new book for Simon & Schuster. The new LP should make happy listening for readers of Fred’s great book.”

Here’s how to get it:

– in North America, visit your local Record Store Day indie shop to pick it up.
– if you’re outside North America, Greenleaf can arrange to get you the LP. Respond to this email and let us know you want it!
– anyone can purchase the digital music from our store
– both LPs and CDs will be available worldwide on July 8

Dave will be signing records at Woodstock Music Shop today in Woodstock, NY from 11am to noon. Drop by and say hi!

Don’t miss the band’s US release shows at Regattabar in Cambridge, MA on Friday, May 6 and Roulette in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, May 7.


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High Risk US Dates Announced!

Posted by: mark on April 5, 2016 @ 3:46 pm
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In support of their upcoming release Dark Territory, Dave Douglas‘ High Risk featuring Shigeto, Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana will perform select US dates in May.

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They’ll be at Boston’s Regattabar on Friday, May 6 and Brooklyn’s Roulette on Saturday, May y. Both of these are debut performances in both cities!

Get your tickets now, pick up a copy of the record, and here this great group live!

Tour Dates:

Friday, May 6 – Regattabar – Cambridge, MA Buy Tickets
Saturday, May 7 – Roulette – Brooklyn, NY Buy Tickets

Dark Territory, the group’s latest release,  will be available exclusively on 180 Gram vinyl beginning Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16.

We’ll be announcing dates for an extensive European tour in the summer! Stay tuned and see you out there!

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5 Star Review of Fabliaux in the Australian!

Posted by: mark on April 4, 2016 @ 3:43 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Press

Fabliaux by Dave Douglas & Monash Art Ensemble has received a five star review from The Australian:

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“…a highly unusual suite of jazz-influenced interpretations of medieval music, played superbly…”
-John McBeath, The Australian

“Douglas, on trumpet, leads 15 members of the Monash Art Ensemble, comprising four woodwinds, three brass, four strings and four percussion, including electronics. They open with the stately ensemble fanfares of Forbidden Flags, traversing it via Marty Holoubek’s contrabass and Craig Beard’s pitched percussion to Douglas’s triumphantly soaring solo.

Frieze begins with a subdued ensemble passage of Rob Burke’s clarinet, Mirko Guerrini on bass clarinet and Lauchlan Davidson’s soprano sax, gradually evolving atonally into an out-of-tempo high-treble wild spree. Strings come to the fore in rolling, calming sequences for Wagon Wheels, and then as guitar and bass provide a travelling foundation and tempo slides away, pizzicato violin leads into the theme to close.

Unlike most of these tracks, Tower of the Winds commences with a rhythmic beat as clarinet, flute and Jordan Murray’s trombone weave around Douglas’s invigorated trumpet ahead of ensemble marching chord stabs, powered by Kieran Rafferty’s speedy drumming, all dissolving into an extended, improvised piano solo of building intensity by Grabowsky.”

Read the entire review here.

Learn more about the album here.

Purchase: Bandcamp | iTunes | Amazon

If you’re in Australia, you can order the album from our wonderful partner label Jazzhead.


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New Sanctuary | Aprile

Posted by: russell on April 1, 2016 @ 7:42 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads


A note from Dave:

Listeners to the original Sanctuary will hear references to that work in the piece Aprile, from the New Sanctuary project. The arrival of spring is always an exciting time, and a recent week spent in Bergamo, Italy, reminded me how far back that history goes. The image here is from the street calendar in the old square of Bergamo’s upper city, dating back hundreds of years. The fragments of melody in Aprile are drawn from architectural  planning and thought, design in music having so much in common with planning and construction of physical objects. Marc Ribot is a brilliant harmonist, and Susie Ibarra makes deft use of her microtonally pitch kulintang bells on this piece.

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Dave Douglas Signing Event on Record Store Day!

Posted by: mark on @ 9:09 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Events


For Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16, Dave Douglas will be signing records at Woodstock Music Shop in Woodstock, New York!

He’ll be signing Dark Territory, the brand recording from the High Risk project with Shigeto, Jonathan Maron and Mark Guiliana. The album is an official Record Store Day Special Release available only on Limited Edition 12″ 180 Gram vinyl.

So drop by the store between 11am and noon to meet Dave and get your record signed!

And if you can’t make it to Woodstock, contact your local record shop to make sure they plan to have it! A list of participating stores can be found here.


Dave Douglas Signing Event
Saturday, April 16, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Woodstock Music Shop
6 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498
April 16 hours: 9am-6pm

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Ryan Keberle Azul Infinito Tour Continues This Week!

Posted by: mark on March 28, 2016 @ 12:37 pm
Filed under: Ryan Keberle



Having just returned from very successful run of dates in Europe, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis continue their CD release tour for Azul Infinito with performances in the US this week. Don’t miss your chance to hear this band in person!

Wednesday, March 30, Twins Jazz, Washington, DC Details here.
Thursday, March 31, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC Details here.
Friday, April 1, Carolina Theater, Durham, NC Details here.

Check out all of Ryan’s upcoming shows here:


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A Noise From The Deep Podcast Episode 35: Jonathan Finlayson

Posted by: russell on March 25, 2016 @ 9:04 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Photo by: Everett McCourt, 2013

Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as “…an incisive and often surprising trumpeter,” who is “…fascinated with composition.” Born in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, Finlayson began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. He came under the tutelage of Bay Area legend Robert Porter, a veteran trumpeter from the bebop era who took Finlayson under his wing; he was often seen accompanying Porter on his gigs about town and sitting in on the popular Sunday nights jam session at the Bird Cage. He subsequently attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied with Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater.

Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. Finlayson has performed and recorded in groups led by Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.



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