Glad you are here reading what we have to offer at Greenleaf Music. I started this company in 2005 with my friend Michael Friedman. It has become in some sense a path forward in this changing landscape for independent artists. I’ve often reflected on how much closer I am to people who listen to my music than I ever was on a “major” label. It’s one of the aspects of this company that I enjoy.
This year we’ve been releasing monthly installments of my recording of Metamorphosis, with Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Fred Frith, Susie Ibarra, Matt Mitchell, and Yasushi Nakamura. It’s a special project I recorded for subscribers and supporters of Greenleaf Music.
You can get this music, both in download form and on CD, by joining us now. I hope you will — it’s one of the ways I believe an independent company like ours can survive. So this is our new release, and you get it by joining us in our ongoing activities creating excellent musical content. Subscribing gives the newsletter, the podcast, and discounts on all the recordings and sheet music releases we do.
So if you like what you hear, please consider joining up this month as we prepare for a couple of excellent new CD releases.
They’ll be playing across Canada and the US throughout June, July and August!
See you out there!
June 27 | Montreal, QC | Upstairs | Details
June 28 | Rochester, NY | Rochester International Jazz Festival | Details
June 29 | Toronto, ON | Toronto Jazz Festival | Details
June 30 | Ottawa, ON | Ottawa Jazz Festival | Details
July 3 | Cochecton, NY | Grange Hall House Concert
July 5 | New York, NY | Jazz Standard | Details
August 12 | Falls Vilalge, CT | Music Mountain Festival | Details
August 13 | Marlboro, NY | The Falcon
August 16 | Selbyville, DE | Freeman Stage at Bayside
Ryan’s new release is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
Featuring his long-time bandmates Camila Meza, Mike Rodriguez, Jorge Roeder and Eric Doob, the group has created album of protest that speaks to the troubled times we are facing.
The record is currently available for pre-order on Bandcamp.
The group will tour the US extensively this summer. Check out the dates here.
Don’t miss your chance to see this group live!
Riverside heads out on the road this summer in support of their new album, The New National Anthem.
See you out there!
June 30 New York, NY | The Stone at the New School | Details
July 1 New York, NY | The Stone at the New School | Details
July 5 Quebec City, QC | Grand Théâtre | Details *
July 6 Montreal, QC | Festival International de Jazz de Montreal | Details *
* Featuring pianist and composer Carla Bley
The new Riverside album, The New National Anthem, will be released on July 16!
The group releases their sophomore album inspired by the pianist and composer Carla Bley. The album features three compositions by Bley, as well as songs by Douglas, Swallow and Doxas.
Thanks for your support!
We’re launching the Bandcamp pre-order for two upcoming releases today!
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis will release their fourth album Find the Common, Shine a Light featuring Camila Meza, Mike Rodriguez, Jorge Roeder and Eric Doob. This is an album of protest, speaking out about the troubled times we face. Ryan has also launched a PledgeMusic campaign. Check out the unique offers there including merchandise and other perks.
And Riverside, the quartet co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Chet Doxas, will release for their sophomore record The New National Anthem. Featuring members Steve Swallow and Jim Doxas, the new record is inspired by and dedicated to the pianist and composer Carla Bley.
Both records will be available worldwide on June 16! Check them out!
And look for tour dates from both groups coming soon!
The two discuss Ryan’s background, his experiences as a bandleader and sideman, the state of the trombone today and his upcoming release!
Listen to the full interview here.
And look for information on Ryan’s new album coming soon!
Dave sat down with tenor saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis in April of 2017 in Bergamo, Italy.
James has received accolades from cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in 2013. Lewis has shared stages with icons such as Benny Golson, Geri Allen, and Dorinda Clark Cole as well as Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, and Jason Hwang, William Parker and Hamiet Bluiett. Lewis attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Music heard in this episode:
Reflection – Moments (2010) with Neil Kogan, guitar; Robert Holliday, piano; Ben Shepherd, bass; John Shebalin, drums & percussion.
Break III – Days of FreeMan (2015) with Jamaladeen Tacuma, bass; Rudy Royston, drums; Hprizm, sound design / beats;
Lament for JLew – Days of FreeMan (2015)
Desensitized – Divine Travels (2014) with William Parker, bass and Gerald Cleaver, drums.
Wading Child in the Motherless Water – Divine Travels (2014)
Raise Up Off Me – No Filter (2017) with Luke Stewart, bass; Warren G Crudup III, drums.
Say What – No Filter (2017)
Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith, and Andrew Cyrille. I am humbled by these masters. This is their interpretation of Eridanus, a constellation that zigs and zags, representing the river no mortal eyes have ever seen. I’m not sure this combination of players had ever performed together before this day last December. Not that I know of in any case. This track is a masterful blend of crafty electric guitar textures, coloristic drumming, and simply brilliant sonic adventurousness from both horn players. Surprising unisons, gorgeous use of space, and an amazing climax in the last minute featuring blazing trumpet work from Wadada. Amazing performance that I am proud to share with subscribers to Greenleaf Music who receive these monthly tracks of Metamorphosis.
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