Artist Update: Greg Ward – Spring 2017

Posted by: mark on March 29, 2017 @ 10:05 pm
Filed under: Artist Update, Artists, Greg Ward

Saxophonist and composer Greg Ward is a busy man. Already in 2017 he’s embarked on a multi-week tour of the US as a sideman, hosted a regular weekly gig in Chicago, toured with his trio and performed with innumerable Chicago musicians in a variety of different groups.

His latest project is touring the US Midwest with a new quintet that features some great Chicago musicians: guitarists Dave Miller and Matt Gold, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin Kirchner. The tour takes starts tonight with shows in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. Full details here.

Before departing, Greg checked in with us and provided some insights on his recent musical activities:

The response to your 2016 Greenleaf release Touch My Beloved’s Thought has been wonderful. Now that it has been out in the world for a while, what was it like for you putting out the record? Any surprises?

The Touch My Beloved’s Thought process has been a real pleasure, from start to finish. The entire band is very happy with how the recording came together and with how the record was received. Releasing this recording took a lot of work and planning, which can be strenuous at times, but very rewarding in the end. We performed 7 concerts in support of the release, three of them with dancers included. Every show was incredible. The people who attended the concerts were all very excited and receptive, which is very encouraging. During these shows, the ensemble grew into something different. We really became a band and found all sorts of new ways to perform this music together. I was surprised at how quickly this growth took place.

Are there any future plans with the project? ( I think I heard you were trying get it Europe?)

I’ll be presenting TMBT at the North Sea Jazz Festival in July. Also, there are some future dates coming together for France, possibly. I’d love to record with this project again and have applied for some funding that I’ll hear about in the summer.

You’ve been back living in Chicago after some time in New York City and you’re really active in the thriving jazz scene there. What makes the culture of Chicago there so amenable to creative music? Who are the musicians around town that are inspiring you?

We moved back to Chicago in 2015 and it’s been wonderful. There is a lot of amazing art being created around town at places like Elastic, Constellation, Hungry Brain, California Clipper, The Green Mill and more. The affordability of concerts in Chicago gives musicians a real opportunity to develop an audience. Lately, I’m inspired by incredible artists like Caleb Willitz, Makaya McCraven, Junius Paul, Matt Ulery, Marvin Tate, Mike Reed, Ben LaMar Gay, Joshua Abrams, Rob Clearfield and many more. There’s too many to name but I had to list a few.

You spent a large portion of the winter on the road playing educational concerts with Jazz Reach around the US. How was that experience? What are your favorite places to visit?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with JazzReach for 9 years and we usually spend January/February on the West Coast. Not bad at all!  Most of what we do is presenting multi-media concerts to children of all ages about various aspects of jazz music. Having the opportunity to travel the country and to share our love of jazz with kids is incredible. Also, Hans Schuman, the founder or JazzReach, always has an amazing band put together. When we are out West, I’m always excited to be in Saratoga, CA, where we perform at the Montalvo Arts Center. That area of California amazes me every year.

You’re heading out on a tour of the US Midwest with your quintet this week. How did this group come together and what can audiences expect at these shows? Is the music all original material?

When I moved back to town, in November 2015, I waited a few months before deciding to put together a project. I received a gig from The Whistler and took that opportunity to write some new music for a double-guitar quintet. The instrumentation sounded very interesting in my mind. Our first gig was a lot of fun. That summer, we ended up participating in a residency at The Whistler where we had the opportunity to perform for a month and to explore and  to develop our sound. Everyone in the band was super excited about pursuing this project so I started putting together a tour, with the help of Big Fish Booking. All but one of the tunes are originals.

The Greg Ward Quintet tours the US Midwest March 30th to April 3rd. Check out all of Greg’s activities at his website.

Touch My Beloved’s Thought is available via iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon.

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Greg Ward Quintet – Spring US Midwest Dates

Posted by: mark on March 22, 2017 @ 2:10 pm
Filed under: Artists, Greg Ward, Matt Ulery

Saxophonist Greg Ward takes his quintet on tour in the US Midwest from March 30th to April 3rd.

The group features guitarists Dave Miller and Matt Gold, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin Kirchner.

Check it out!

Details:

03.30 Appleton, WI | Lawrence University
03.30 De Pere, WI | Luna Cafe and Roastery
03.31 Des Moines, IA | Noce
04.01 Davenport, IA | DayTrotter Session
04.02 Chicago, IL | The Hideout
04.03 Minneapolis, MN | Ice House

Touch My Beloved Thought, Greg’s 2016 Greenleaf release, is available via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

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Winter Jazzfest 2017!

Posted by: mark on January 6, 2017 @ 2:05 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Greg Ward, Kneebody, Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

If you’re heading to NYC Winter Jazzfest, here’s a list of the Greenleaf artists who are performing:

Friday, January 6

New School Glass Box Theater
10:40pm – Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone with Greg Ward

New School 5th Floor Theater
10:00pm – Uri Caine Trio

(Le) Poisson Rouge
7:40pm – Dave Douglas & High Risk with Shigeto
9:00pm – Donny McCaslin Group

Subculture
7:20pm – Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society with Ryan Keberle
11:20pm – Kneebody

Bowery Electric
8:20pm – The Westerlies

Saturday, January 7

(Le) Poisson Rouge
6:20pm – Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Ryan Keberle

Sunday January 8

Littlefield
8:00pm – Thelonious Monk 100th Birthday Improv Show
12 improvisors play Monk’s classic album “Solo Monk” in different configurations from solos to larger ensembles.  Performers include Kris Davis, Linda Oh, David Virelles, Shabaka Hutchings, Sam Newsome, Marc Ribot, Charlie Burnham, Erik Friedlander, Trevor Dunn, Hamid Drake, Andrew Cyrille, and Deva Mahal.

Monday, January 9

(Le) Poisson Rouge
8:00pm – Sam Amidon Extended + Andrew Cyrille Solo
With guests Andrew Cyrille, Shahzad Ismaily, Jeremy Gustin, Marc Ribot, Kris Bowers, Richard Sears, Curtis Fowlkes, Ben Goldberg, Sam Gendel and Linda Oh.

Enjoy the festival!

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Our Year End Sale ends when 2016 ends.

Posted by: mark on December 27, 2016 @ 10:40 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Franke Woeste, Greg Ward, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriptions

As 2016 comes to a close, we’re in the final days of our Year End Sale.

Until December 31st, when you make any purchase from our store, we’ll send the 2016 release of your choice including Ryan Keberle, Greg Ward, Rudy Royston, Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste. And if you join us as a subscriber at level 2 or 3 you’ll receive two CDs available exclusively for subscribers: Serial Session and New Sanctuary.

We hope you’ll join us. Check out all the details:

1) Store Sale:
Buy any album from our bandcamp store (physical product or digital download) and choose a 2016 release for free. Once you make a purchase, you’ll receive an email asking which of the following records you’d like to receive:

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis – Azul Infinito
Dave Douglas & High Risk – Dark Territory
Greg Ward & 10 Tongues – Touch My Beloved’s Thought
Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste – Dada People
Rudy Royston Trio – Rise of Orion

2) Subscription:
Subscribe at level 2 or 3 and receive 2 CDs: Serial Sessions 2015 and New Sanctuary 2016, both of which are new Paperback Series releases available only for subscribers and attendees of live shows.

We thank you for your support!

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Year End Sale starts today.

Posted by: mark on December 5, 2016 @ 12:08 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Franke Woeste, Greg Ward, Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Subscriber News, Subscriptions

year-end-saleAs an independent record company that continually puts out unique creative music, we are proud to inspire our audience with each new release. Our goal is to make each record sound different from the last. This year has been exceptional in this regard, with great albums from Ryan Keberle, Dave Douglas, Greg Ward, Frank Woeste and Rudy Royston.

As we head into December, we would like to thank our many supporters and engage new listeners by offering a Year End Sale.

We’re offering choice of any of our 2016 releases when you make any purchase from our store. And if you join us as a subscriber at level 2 or 3 you’ll receive two CDs exclusively available for subscribers: Serial Session and New Sanctuary.

We hope you’ll join us.

Sale Details:

1) Store Sale:
Buy any album from our bandcamp store (physical product or digital download) and choose a 2016 release for free. Once you make a purchase, you’ll receive an email asking which of the following records you’d like to receive:

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis – Azul Infinito
Dave Douglas & High Risk – Dark Territory
Greg Ward & 10 Tongues – Touch My Beloved’s Thought
Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste – Dada People
Rudy Royston Trio – Rise of Orion

2) Subscription:
Subscribe at level 2 or 3 and receive 2 CDs: Serial Sessions 2015 and New Sanctuary 2016, both of which are new Paperback Series releases available only for subscribers and attendees of live shows.

The sale ends December 31st.

Thanks for supporting what we do!

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Linda Oh leads double quartet at Jazz Gallery November 25-26.

Posted by: mark on November 8, 2016 @ 11:16 am
Filed under: Artists, Greg Ward, Linda Oh

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Bassist Linda Oh is bringing her Aventurine Double Quartet to the Jazz Gallery on November 25 and 26.

Catch Linda with a jazz quartet AND string quartet playing her engaging original compositions with these fine musicians:

Linda Oh – bass
Greg Ward – alto/soprano
Matt Mitchell – piano
Ches Smith – drums
Sara Caswell – violin
Fung Chern Hwei – violin
Benni Von Gutzeit – viola
Jeremy Harman – cello

You can buy tickets for each set in advance by clicking the links below.

November 25 – 7:30pm + 9:30pm
November 26 – 7:30pm + 9:30pm

Check out Linda’s Greenleaf releases Initial Here and Sun Pictures.

And look for a new recording from Linda in early 2017!

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#glm50 contest: Post a photo of your favorite album!

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As part of our 50 releases celebration and sale, we’re holding a contest for our community!

Share a photo of your favorite Greenleaf album on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #GLM50 hashtag for a chance to win a CD copy of the 2106 Greenleaf release of your choice:

We’ll pick five winners after the sale ends November 18th. Winners will get to choose from any of these releases:

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis – Azul Infinito
Dave Douglas High Risk – Dark Territory
Greg Ward & 10 Tongues – Touch My Beloved’s Thought
Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste – DADA PEOPLE
Rudy Royston Trio – Rise of Orion

Explore our entire catalogue to find your preferred album and take your best shot!

And don’t forget our catalogue sale and subscription offer. Take advantage of these great deals.

Happy posting!

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Greenleaf artists added to the 2017 Grammy ballot!

Posted by: mark on October 28, 2016 @ 4:33 pm
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Greg Ward, Ryan Keberle

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Congratulations to Greenleaf artists Dave Douglas, Ryan Keberle and Greg Ward for all receiving nominations in the first round ballot of the 2017 Grammy Awards!

The awards will be given out on February 17, 2017. Here is a complete list of categories on the ballot:

Dave Douglas Quintet – Brazen Heart

1044_brazen-heart-cover-hires_squareBest Improvised Jazz Solo – Dave Douglas, trumpet – “Wake Up Claire”
Best Instrumental Jazz Album
Best Instrumental Composition
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Producer of the Year – Non-Classical

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis  – Azul Infinito
1047_azulinfinito_cover_squareBest Improvised Jazz Solo – Ryan Keberle, trombone – “Eternity of an Instant”
Best Improvised Jazz Solo – Mike Rodriguez, trumpet – “Quintessence”
Best Improvised Jazz Solo –  Jorge Roeder, bass – “Mr. Azul”
Best Instrumental Jazz Album
Best Arrangment, Instrumental or A Cappella
Best Arrangment, Instruments & Vocals

Greg Ward – Touch My Beloved’s Thought
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Best Improvised Jazz Solo – Greg Ward, saxophone – “Daybreak”
Best Improvised Jazz Solo – Dennis Luxton, piano – “Singular Serenade”
Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album
Best Instrumental Composition

Dave Douglas High Risk – Dark Territory
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Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Producer of the Year – Non-Classical

Dave Douglas & Monash Art Ensemble – Fabliaux
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Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance
Best Contemporary Classical Composition

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We’re Celebrating 50 Releases!

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Recently Greenleaf Music reached the milestone of 50 releases!

To celebrate, we’re putting on a big sale featuring all 50 titles. We’re calling it the GLM50 Sale.

And we’re highlighting all of our great artists and collaborators that have contributed to the success of this independent music company since we launched in 2005.

We’re got two great offers:

  1. Buy any album from our store and get all additional purchases at 50% off. *
  2. Join us as a Greenleaf subscriber at Level 2 or 3 and you’ll receive a free copy of DD|50, the 3-CD box set honoring Dave Douglas’ 50th birthday in 2013. The Box includes the quintet and Aoife O’Donovan titles Be Still and Time Travel, as well as Pathways, a full disc of original music never released elsewhere. This is the original suite Dave composed based on the Bach chorale, Es Ist Genug.

Look for features on all 50 titles on our social media channels using the hashtag #GLM50.

Take this opportunity to explore our vast catalogue and help us celebrate 50 releases!

*Please note: Once you make your initial purchase from our store, you’ll receive an email with an exclusive discount code for future purchases. The sale ends November 18.

 

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Greg Ward to play Hyde Park Jazz Festival Sept. 24

Posted by: mark on August 4, 2016 @ 11:39 am
Filed under: Artists, Greg Ward

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In support of their new release, Touch My Beloved’s Thought, Greg Ward & 10 Tongues will play the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago on September 24th. For more information on the event, go here.

You can pick up the new record at Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

Details:

Greg Ward & 10 Tongues
Saturday, September 24, 4:45-5:45pmWest Stage

Personnel:

Greg Ward – saxophone
Tim Halderman – saxophone
Keefe Jackson – saxophone
Norman Palm – trombone
Christopher Davis – trombone
Ben LaMar – cornet
Russ Johnson – trumpet
Dennis Luxion – piano
Matt Ulery – bass
Marcus Evans – drums

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