Posted by: jim on September 30, 2008 @ 3:08 pm
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Dave looking somewhat French on the cover of Jazzman

This is a special issue for which he was the guest editor. It contains great pictures and coverage of Greenleaf artists and many others, as well as Dave’s choice of twelve all time great jazz tracks and a selection of Francis Wolff photos of Dave’s favorite trumpeters.

If you are visiting us from France for the first time, Bonjour et bienvenue!

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Jazz Standard

Posted by: jim on @ 10:59 am
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I heard quite a bit about the FONT finale on Sunday night at the Jazz Standard — a Woody Shaw remembrance show with Dave Douglas, Randy Brecker, Josh Evans, Uri Caine, Matt Penman, and Clarence Penn. With a group like that, how could it have not been amazing?

And continuing with Greenleaf-related shows, Donny McCaslin brings his trio to the Standard tonight (Sept. 30th). A slightly different lineup as his previous performances in NYC, Donny brings Ricky Rodriguez (bass) and Ted Poor (drums) to the stage playing his Trio material. 2 performances are schedule: 7:30 & 9:30. For info and tix, click HERE.

With all this great music happening in NYC, I find myself wishing once again that I could be in two places at once. That way I could have seen My Bloody Valentine (one of the loudest concerts in history), and all the great events last week and this week. But with Donny coming out to Chicago on the 10th and 11th of October, I can wait patiently.

Shana tova.

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My life became Louis

Posted by: Dave Douglas on September 29, 2008 @ 11:04 am
Filed under: Culture, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

Jack Bradley’s photo of Louis Armstrong in his garden in Queens. 1960.

Louis Armstrong

Great New York Times article on Jack Bradley’s obsessive collection of Armstrong materials, and their transit to Queens College and the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Mr. Bradley met Armstrong in the early 1950s, after a mesmerizing performance at the American Legion Hall in nearby Hyannis. He recalls approaching the jazz legend in his dressing room and receiving an autographed photograph and a packet of Swiss Kriss, an herbal laxative that Armstrong endorsed. “My life was never the same; my life became Louis,” he said.

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Clark Terry

Posted by: Dave Douglas on @ 9:22 am
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Something short and sweet for your Monday:

Clark Terry, with Bob Brookmeyer looking on appreciatively.

After all that trumpet last night (and for the past two weeks), this is just one more kick. Kudos to Randy Brecker and Josh Evans. It was a blast playing with them. And thanks to all the folks who came out.

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Blackberry Jam

Posted by: Dave Douglas on @ 9:19 am
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Blackberry Jam: A people traffic jam that occurs in subway tunnels and bus stations. Caused by inconsiderate workaholics walking too slow while their noses are glued to their Blackberry device.
As in: I was late for work because there was a Blackberry Jam getting out of the A train.

For more, visit Urban Dictionary.

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More from the road….

Posted by: Michael Bates on September 27, 2008 @ 7:06 am
Filed under: Michael Bates (Artist Thoughts)

Just got to Nuernberg, Germany and checked in the hotel….finally a short drive from the gig in Munich! Last night was a great show with lots of people who were very into the music. We played at the Unterfarht and the folks putting on the show are just so incredibly nice…a stark contrast from the night before :-/ ….oh well…

The music has been evolving more and more with each gig and I’m just amazed at how much Russ, Quinsin and Jeff throw down every night. We’re pretty exhausted from all the travel and my music demands a lot of focus and physical energy with little break in the sets. These guys take it to the edge every gig and are truly inspiring. I love these musicians..

…A little funny road story:

First day of the tour: We got to Brussels and the vehicle I rented was NOT AT ALL what I requested…and much smaller. Once we loaded in the instruments (double bass included) plus luggage and four guys, there was one suitcase that, no matter what we did, could not fit: mine. So in a desparate move, I found a plastic bag, threw all my clothes into it, stuffed it in the back and ditched the suitcase. So now I’m walking into all these hotels with a white plastic bag under my arm….nice. It’s pretty funny….

Cheers. More when we get to Austria….

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Chemical Brothers / Google Earth

Posted by: jim on September 26, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
Filed under: Music, Music Technology

Quite a cool thing Chemical Brothers did for their new single, Midnight Madness. The video for the single is user-generated with clips uploaded at midnight from fans around the world. The idea, of course, is that you can see what Chemical Brothers fans are doing across the globe. Of course, Google Earth is an amazing system in and of itself — the amount of wandering around that you can do on this application is unprecedented. Certainly check it out if you haven’t already.

Now… off to the Standard!

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Horace Silver

Posted by: Dave Douglas on @ 8:56 am
Filed under: Culture, Events

Señor Blues. Slick.

Horace Silver with Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook in 1959.

While we wait to see if Senator McCain will deign to debate(He’s going to do it) this evening in Mississippi, here’s some sanity for your ears. Trumpeters Brian Lynch, Paolo Fresu, and Terrell Stafford will definitely show up to play in homage to Woody Shaw this evening at the Jazz Standard. Last night Ingrid Jensen, Tim Hagans, and Eric Vloeimans ruled. Don’t sleep on this series if you can avoid it. (And tivo the debate).

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Posted by: Dave Douglas on September 25, 2008 @ 12:33 pm
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Cool stuff:

Denver 24/1 – The State of Things by Ligorano/Reese from LigoranoReese on Vimeo.

Friends of Greenleaf Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese created this ice piece and have been extensively “written up” for their incendiary works.

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Posted by: Dave Douglas on @ 11:24 am
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Courtesy of Shorpy, The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog.


The Great Gesticulator. September 1, 1924. “Robert M. La Follette, first radio campaign speech.” Republican senator from Wisconsin and Progressive Party presidential candidate “Fighting Bob” La Follette, who died less than a year after this picture was taken. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Thanks to cousin Bond for sending me to this site and highlighting the Jazz Cats from 1925.

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