Workshop at Carnegie Hall

Posted by: Dave Douglas on August 13, 2009 @ 10:06 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Events

As part of Weill Music Institute, Carnegie hosts a workshop in small group composition and improvisation. This is an opening for twelve to fourteen player/composers to work in New York for a week, fully funded, and participate in two final performances. Click the link for application details – the deadline for applicants is September 15, 2009.

It will be a pretty hands-on, intimate forum to create new work. Aside from directing the workshop, I have invited the members of my Quintet to be a part of the workshop and performances: Donny McCaslin, Uri Caine, James Genus, and Clarence Penn will all be there. I’m working on new music of my own that will be workshopped as well. We’re looking for a small group of inspiring musicians to take part – please check it out at the link above.


James Newton on Bobby Bradford

Posted by: Dave Douglas on @ 5:46 am
Filed under: Events, Music

Point of Departure hosts James Newton’s appreciation of Bobby Bradford on the occasion of his 75th birthday. This is really worth a read. Newton sets Bradford’s work in the larger context, and also demonstrates how important a figure Bradford has been — both globally and on the LA scene.

New York’s Festival of New Trumpet Music will host Bobby Bradford and present concerts in his honor from October 1 – 4 at New York’s Jazz Standard. Bobby will be joined by long-time colleagues David Murray, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser, Andrew Cyrille, Baikida Carroll, Benny Powell and others. He will also receive FONT’s Award of Recognition for his decades of creative accomplishment.


New digital formats: CMX and Soundparts

Posted by: jim on August 12, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
Filed under: Culture, Music Business News, Music Technology

Always interested in new formats around here.

CMX was just announced and it looks pretty cool to me, though I haven’t seen any details on sound quality and the like. Here’s what “a label insider” told the Times Online:

“[CMX] will be a file that you click on, it opens and it would have a totally brand-new look, with a launch page and all the different options. When you click on it you’re not just going to get the ten tracks, you’re going to get the artwork, the video and mobile products.”

Here’s hoping that the major labels will start signing bands that can fill up the CMX with 10 good tracks. If not, we’re back at square-one with no one buying albums because there are only 2 tunes they want.

And another new format came to my attention via WFMU’s blog.

Much in the same way itunes dismantled the notion that paying $16 for a cd with 2 good songs on it was a good idea, songparts goes a step further and argues that even $.99 is too much to pay for that one part of a song you really like. Instead why not fork over $.06 for the “Best line in Steely Dan’s ‘Kid Charlemagne’ looped for your convenience” or the “Gluten, gleebun, glauten, globen” intro from Def Leppard.

The majors recently bought a 17% stake in Spotify, the much loved (but Europe only) music subscription service and one can only hope they can get on board with these guys too…. I give the site about a week to live.

Songparts seems like something that won’t catch on, but I’ve been surprised before. I know I wouldn’t want to buy just a piece of a tune. Even if it is the ripping solo from Kid Charlemagne. Wonder how much they’d charge for just the turnaround?


Newport Festival 2009

Posted by: jim on @ 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).



Posted by: jim on August 11, 2009 @ 4:44 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin, Sheet Music, store, tues-2011-sale


Seven digital PDF charts for saxophone, brass ensemble, and band from Donny McCaslin’s album Declaration.

Compositions included: M, Fat Cat, Declaration, Uppercut, Rock Me, 2nd Hour, Late Night Gospel

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Declaration Out Now

Posted by: jim on @ 1:37 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News)

Last week, we brought you a preview of Donny McCaslin’s new record. The title track is streaming on our sidebar player. You can check out that track and another at the album page at Donny’s website, too.

Today is release day. Be sure to grab a copy from Sunnyside’s website.

Congrats on the new record, Donny.


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”


Antipodean Tubes

Posted by: Dave Douglas on August 4, 2009 @ 6:29 am
Filed under: Culture, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Music

Very interesting interview with Australian trumpet genius Scott Tinkler. Get yourself past the rather puzzling intro – Scott has some intriguing musical concepts he’s applying in his music. And he shares many of them here.

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Chicago Creative Music Workshop

Posted by: jim on August 3, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Filed under: Chicago News, Education, Music, Nicole Mitchell (Updates)
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For those of us here in Chicago and for those planning to attend this years Chicago Jazz Fest, The Jazz Institute of Chicago has teamed up with the Chicago Jazz Festival to bring what looks to be a stellar workshop to our fine city. Faculty will include Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Nicole Mitchell, Michael Zerang, Ellen Waterman, Renee Baker and David Boykin. Going to be a great workshop no doubt.

Here’s a link to the CCMW website where you can get more info and fill out the application.

When: September 2nd – 3rd
Cost: $150 – General Public, $100 – Students

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Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy – On Stage (bonus sets)

Posted by: jim on August 1, 2009 @ 12:00 am
Filed under: Subscriber Downloads

Two bonus sets from the Spirit Moves two record release shows at Jazz Standard in June of 2009. Set 1 from June 18th, and Set 2 from June 19th are available for purchase at our webstore.

Brass Ecstasy – June 18th, Set 2

1. Great Awakening
2. Mr. Pitiful
3. Rava
4. Fats
5. Twilight Of The Dogs
6. The View From Blue Mountain
7. Spirit Moves

Brass Ecstasy – June 19th, Set 1

1. This Love Affair
2. Orujo
3. Bird: The Construction Company
4. The Brass Ring
5. Bowie

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