Listen to ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ now!

Posted by: mark on February 23, 2018 @ 11:28 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Uncategorized

The second single from the upcoming Sound Prints album Scandal is available now!

Listen to the group’s rendition of Fee Fi Fo Fum, composed by the great Wayne Shorter and arranged by Dave Douglas.

Stream it via Spotify and preview via iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

The group is co-led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter  Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, and includes pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron.

Pre-order the album now on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp and you’ll receive ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’ and ‘Dream State’ instantly!

And watch for tour dates to be announced soon!

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Dave Douglas on Monk and Dizzy

Posted by: mark on February 21, 2018 @ 5:06 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Uncategorized

Ahead of this weekend’s Dizzy Atmosphere shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center, we’re sharing a piece that Dave Douglas wrote on the musical legacies of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk which appeared in the Swiss magazine Jazz N More.

One Hundred Years of Hiptitude: Monk and Dizzy

I like to hear the voices of musicians talking about the how and why of the music. After spending so much time listening to Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, I feel particularly lucky to have Dizzy’s memoir, To Be Or Not…To Bop. It’s a profound source about his life and work, as well as the words of his friends, family and many of the musicians. Monk left no such memoir that I know of, and seemed to be man of few words. But his interview in Art Taylor’s Notes and Tones, as well as the biography by Robin D.G. Kelley and the film ’Straight no Chaser,’ give a sense of the relationship of his work to his life, and one thing is very clear. These were really different guys. As a young musician, only familiar with their music, this would have surprised me.

The way the musicians tell it, Monk and Dizzy landed independently on a new conception of harmony in the mid to late 1930s. They did it in very different ways. Both born in the Carolinas in October 1917, they converged with their solutions in New York by the early 1940s.

Dizzy, an acolyte of Roy Eldridge who emerged with an original sound under multiple swing era band leaders says, “Our influence on one another’s music is so closely related that Monk doesn’t actually know what I showed him. But I do know some of the things he showed me.” Monk’s approach developed outside any specific system of training or pedagogy, on tour with vaudeville acts and religious tent shows. He was undocumented on record until 1944, and so seemed to emerge fully formed. By 1947 he was ready to record the bulk of his wildly inventive original compositions for Blue Note.

Both acknowledged Charlie Parker as a third pillar in the evolution of this new harmonic approach. Both also mentioned the drummer Kenny Clark as a crucial catalyst in changing the rhythmic feel of the new music. Of course there are many others who played important roles. And the music also had its detractors. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In high school (age 15 or so) I attempted to write an essay proving that Parker was sole true originator. It was an absolute nonsense idea that ended unceremoniously in a failing grade. Pointless. But it did lead me to a lot of music, and both Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie as composers and improvisers have been pole stars for me ever since. And not just their music, but their influence on generations of musicians who have come after, influencing me. There is something about the music of both men that contains the nuts and bolts of learning to improvise, that’s about learning a distinctive compositional language, about learning to think, and live, like a creative artist.

I often thought of Monk as primarily a composer and Dizzy primarily as a performer. That idea is also wrong.

For me, learning the Monk songbook, the core 70 compositions, was what lead me to a greater appreciation of him as a player. I think of the Monk works as analogous to the collection of Bach’s Chorales. Each one takes a simple text and proposes a sophisticated solution, worked over ingeniously throughout the piece. Each one uses the foundational principles of melody, harmony and rhythm to define a new, richly lived musical space that often defies the standard uses of melodic intervals, phrase lengths, harmonic resolutions, and rhythmic flow. To me, the pieces are so convincingly whole because you can play them over and over and find new details each time. Monk did. He paraphrased the melody in almost every moment of his solos. It’s one of the things that makes him a such a powerful and recognizable player.

For me, the overwhelming virtuosity of Dizzy’s improvisations carry daunting lessons (still do). But maybe it is his use of melody to ’spell’ harmony (thus opening the door to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane and generations up to this very day) that led me to reexamine his work as a composer, arranger and band leader. With Dizzy, there’s a warmth of spirit pervading every performance, a generous welcoming of alternative sources of music, and an almost perverse sense of humor used to disarm the squares and the unsuspecting.

The one thing they found at the same time — changing jazz through its use — was the tritone. My feeling is that Dizzy Gillespie arrived at the ‘flatted fifth’ though melodic variation, whereas Monk got to the ‘raised fourth’ though harmonic invention. They both found ways to re-harmonize popular song forms using harmonies based on the use of the flatted fifth / raised fourth. Tritone substitutions became one of the hallmarks of the new sound, and many of their signature compositions used this device in various ways.

In his book, Dizzy mentions that Monk showed him the minor flat five chord. He referred to it as a minor triad with the sixth in the bass. So that would be like Eb minor over C, essentially creating a minor seventh chord with a flatted fifth. When followed by an F7b9 chord, this created an important advance in harmonic voice leading in jazz. Dizzy used this device early on to compose ‘Algo Bueno’ (also known as ‘Woody ’N You’) and ‘Manteca.’ Monk used it in one of his earliest and best known pieces, written with Cootie Williams, ‘Round Midnight.’

For explicit use of the interval itself, just look at the first bars of Dizzy’s ‘Salt Peanuts’ or the melody of Monk’s well-titled ‘Raise Four.’

I was riding in the car a few days ago, listening to a collection of Dizzy’s music I put together. ‘In The Land Of Oo-Bla-Dee,’ the song Mary Lou Williams wrote for Dizzy’s 1949 band, came on. One of my friends said, almost to himself, “That’s the most bebop thing I’ve ever heard.” There it is, the tritone hard at work!

Whether it’s ‘Crepuscule With Nellie’ or ‘A Night In Tunisia,’ Dizzy and Monk define a time and transcend it. Their profound reinvention of form, of rhythm, harmony and melody put them in the pantheon of great creators. I feel like without them, it would be difficult, maybe impossible, to learn to play song-based improvised music. I am grateful to have them in my life.

And I wish Misha Mengelberg, profound Monk devotee, were still around because he would disagree with everything I have said here, including this sentence.

Dave Douglas, New York, October 2017.

The world premiere of Dizzy Atmosphere takes place in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 23 and 24. Dave Douglas will be joined by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron.

There are 7:00pm and 9:30pm sets both nights. Tickets are available here.

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Dave Douglas premieres Dizzy Atmosphere at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted by: mark on February 7, 2018 @ 2:22 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas is premiering a new project dedicated to the great Dizzy Gillespie at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February 23 and 24.

Joining Dave for this engagement is an ensemble of outstanding artists: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer (and Gillespie alum) Joey Baron.

As Dave says,  “I can’t say enough how happy I am to have been able to create this band. I think they are uniquely suited to taking the traditional elements and setting out on a new musical journey with them,” Douglas said of the musicians he assembled for this program. “I called Ambrose Akinmusire first because, in addition to loving his work and playing, I knew we would see eye to eye about the challenges of taking up Dizzy.  Bill Frisell, Gerald Clayton, Linda May Han Oh, Joey Baron — this is a dream rhythm section, and especially as we take more traditional repertoire into new territory, each one of them has unique experiences that make this possible. I am thrilled to take a walk in zero gravity with all of these champions.”

The group will play two shows nightly using Gillespie repertoire as a starting point for improvisation and exploration.

Regarding Gillespie, Dave notes: “Dizzy Gillespie was always a peace maker, always the one advancing the music in profound new ways, through understanding and curiosity. In so many different areas, Dizzy was there first it seems – bebop, Afro-Cuban Jazz, hiring young John Coltrane, and global ambassadorship in many guises. And he ran for president in 1964. This is my first tribute to a United States presidential candidate.

Don’t miss the world premiere of this new project. See you there!

Details:

Friday, February 23, 7:00pm and 9:30pm
Saturday, February 24, 7:00pm and 9:30pm

Jazz At Lincoln Center – Appel Room
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10023, USA
www.jazz.org
Tickets

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet
Bill Frisell, guitar
Gerald Clayton, piano
Linda May Han Oh, bass
Joey Baron, drums

Press release available here.

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New Sound Prints album to be released April 6!

Posted by: mark on February 2, 2018 @ 9:23 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Releases, Sound Prints

We’re excited to announce that the new Sound Prints album Scandal will be released on April 6.

Co-led by Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, Sound Prints is a passionately adventurous band that features pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron. Inspired by the music of iconic saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, the quintet continually explores swinging, heartfelt and sophisticated new territory.

The new album, which follows the group’s live debut in 2015, features nine originals by Lovano and Douglas, as well as new treatments of two classic Shorter compositions.

Check out the album’s lead track, Dream State, on Spotify.

Pre-order the album now on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp and you’ll receive the lead track instantly!

And watch for tour dates to be announced soon!

Enjoy the music!

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UPLIFT | Two: Lift All Boats

Posted by: robyn on February 1, 2018 @ 1:11 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads, Subscriber News, UPLIFT

Lift All Boats

This month’s piece is dedicated to the movement for wealth equality and fairness. This is a huge issue with many moving pieces. Certainly, we need to urge our political leaders to consider economic fairness for all. There are many approaches to the problem, but it seems first we need to elect leaders who are interested in finding the solutions. This musical piece is a plea for thought and action towards wealth equality. There are many wonderful people and groups working on this; I look forward to continuing to learn how we can help support all of our brothers and sisters. And meanwhile hope you’ll join me in supporting these organizations:

National Committee On Pay Equity
My Brothers Keeper Alliance
New York Common Pantry

I have found that Charity Navigator is a good way to find more information about causes and organizations.
– Dave
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If you’re a Greenleaf Subscriber and you haven’t already redeemed your Bandcamp code for this series, go here.

Click here to learn more about the UPLIFT Subscriber Series. Program notes can be found here.

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ANFTD #48: Ingrid Jensen

Posted by: robyn on January 25, 2018 @ 1:50 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

The great trumpeter and composer Ingrid Jensen joined Dave Douglas for an afternoon chat.

Check out her site for lots of great information and details. Here is the music that plays during this episode:

Steve Treseler Group featuring Ingrid Jensen
Center Song, CMA records, 2013
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Steve Treseler, saxophones
Dawn Clement, piano
Jon Hamer, bass
Steve Korn, drums

Ingrid & Christine Jensen
Infinitude, Whirlwind Recordings, 2016
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Christine Jensen, alto saxophone
Ben Monder, guitar
Fraser Hollins, bass
Jon Wikan, drums

Ingrid Jensen
At Sea, Artist Share, 2006
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Geoffrey Keezer, piano, keyboards
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drums
From At Sea, 2005

David’s Angels with special guest Ingrid Jensen
Traces, Kopasetic Productions 2017
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Sofie Norling: vocals
Maggi Olin: rhodes/piano
David Carlsson: electric bass
Michala Østergaard-Nielsen: drums/percussion

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Stream a free track from our UPLIFT Subscribers Series

Posted by: mark on January 22, 2018 @ 11:22 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Subscriber News, UPLIFT

Listen the first song from our new Subscriber Series!

You can hear “The Power of the Vote” from UPLIFT, composed by Dave Douglas and featuring Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson, Julian Lage, Bill Laswell and Ian Chang

The series – Twelve pieces for positive action in 2018 – includes new monthly tracks each devoted to a major issue of concern for this world and its people

Click here to learn more about the UPLIFT Subscriber Series.

Join us a subscriber to gain access to the entire series as well as more exclusive content and our entire catalogue.

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UPLIFT | One: The Power Of The Vote – Take One

Posted by: mark on @ 9:37 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads, Subscriber News, UPLIFT

The Power Of The Vote – Take One

This is a very different take on the tune than we released as part of the UPLIFT series. I really love the way everyone played here — it’s the first thing we did that day, and everyone feels relaxed and like they are taking time to dig in. I’m grateful for the players’ vision and trust—also for their faith in me making this statement about activism regarding our country.

The Power Of The Vote — the take we released in the album package — we wanted everyone to be able to hear that. So I made this special track exclusively for you subscribers—I’m confident you will enjoy! Put on those headphones. Happy listening!
– Dave
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Greenleaf Subscribers can stream and download all of the tracks from the UPLIFT series on Bandcamp.

If you’re a Greenleaf Subscriber and you haven’t already redeemed your Bandcamp code for this series, go here.

Click here to learn more about the UPLIFT Subscriber Series. Program notes can be found here.

If you’d like to join us a subscriber, visit our Bandcamp subscription page here.

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Dave Douglas Quintet February European Tour

Posted by: mark on January 17, 2018 @ 12:36 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

The Dave Douglas Quintet will tour Europe in February, with shows in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

The tour, which takes place February 7-11, Dave’s long-standing group that features saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Rudy Royston.

See you out there!

Details:

02.07 Mulhouse, France | La Filature – Scène Nationale | Details
02.08 Munich, Germany | Unterfahrt Jazzclub | Details
02.09 Rome, Italy | Auditorium Parco della Musica | Details
02.10 Geneva, Switzerland | AMR – Sud des Alpes | Details

And check out the group’s recorded catalogue including Be Still, Time Travel, Brazen Heart, and Brazen Heart Live at Jazz Standard.

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis 2018 Winter Midwest Tour

Posted by: mark on January 15, 2018 @ 9:12 pm
Filed under: Artists, Ryan Keberle

Catch trombonist, composer and bandleader Ryan Keberle on tour with his Catharsis in the Midwest this winter!

The band will feature vocalist / guitarist Camila Meza, tenor saxophonist John Ellis, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Eric Doob.

They will be performing music from Ryan’s most recent release, Find the Common, Shine a Light, as well as new music for his next Catharsis release.

Details:

01.26 Evansville, IN | University of Evansville | Details
01.27 Bloomington, IN | Indiana University | Details
01.28 St Louis, MO | The Dark Room | Details
01.31 Kansas City, MO | Green Lady Lounge | Details
02.02 Stevens Point, WI | University of Wisconsin | Details

You can purchase the Ryan’s latest release on Bandcamp and iTunes.

Check Ryan’s website for more information and updates.

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