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


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!


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


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
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
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Producer of the Year – Non-Classical

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

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We’re Celebrating 50 Releases!


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.


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


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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Release Day for Greg Ward and Dave Douglas!

Posted by: mark on July 8, 2016 @ 1:52 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Greg Ward, Releases


Today we’re releasing CDs by Greg Ward and Dave Douglas!

Greg, who was recently called “a strong narrative improviser with a keening tone” by the New York Times, presents his 10 Tongues ensemble on Touch My Beloved’s Thought. The album, inspired by Mingus’ Black Saint and the Sinner Lady and composed for musicians and dancers, and was recorded live in Chicago in 2015.

The album can be purchased on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

You can hear this music live at release shows in New York on July 8 (tonight!) and in Chicago on July 29th and 30th.

Dark Territory, the second release from Dave’s electronic-inspired High Risk project featuring Shigeto, Jonathan Maron, and Mark Guiliana, was originally released on vinyl in April. This new album, which recieved a five star review in the Irish times, is also being premiered on Billboard for a limited time.

You can pick up a copy of the CD from Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon. Vinyl is also available from our store.

The group tours Europe July 20-22 featuring drummer Ian Chang from Son Lux,

Enjoy all this new music!



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Artist Update: Greg Ward

Posted by: mark on July 7, 2016 @ 12:40 pm
Filed under: Artist Update, Artists, Greg Ward, Releases

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Saxophonist and composer Greg Ward is set to release Touch My Beloved’s Thought, his debut album for Greenleaf Music. The record is receiving some great press and Greg is getting ready for a New York City album release show on July 8 at the Jazz Gallery.

For this artist update, Greg discusses the making of the album, Friday’s album release show, and lessons learned from band leading.

This is your third album as a leader and with a ten piece band and fifteen dancers, this project has been a large undertaking. How was the process of making this record different than previous albums?

There are two important factors that made this project different from other recordings I’ve made. First, Touch My Beloved’s Thought began as a commission from the city of Chicago’s Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz series, which was facilitated by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Mike Reed approached me with the idea of creating a piece that would be inspired by Mingus’ Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, which would incorporate dance. Second, I was paired with an amazing choreographer, Onye Ozuzu. Together we created an artistic voice that bridged dance and music equally. Throughout the entire process we had about six months to work through different ideas. Onye would make videos of herself and her colleagues dancing to excerpts of Mingus’ music or to my original music. This process continued and the piece came together quickly. Usually, composing is such a solitary thing and that’s why this was so exciting for me.

You’ve done performances with and without dancers. What does the dance element bring to the performances? And with those experiences, what do you notice when you perform the material without dancers?

Well, this will actually be the first performance without dancers, besides a radio performance we did in Chicago. The dancers become a part of the music and I feel that when you see their bodies moving with the different melodies and rhythms that something new is created. For example, in an orchestra, when two instruments play a melody in unison and blend their timbres perfectly, a new instrument is created. That was our goal from the beginning. We will miss the dancers on the performance but I’m confident that the music will still be very exciting.

Friday’s album release show will feature some of the musicians who played on the album, as well as some New York musicians. Can you tell us a bit about the musicians in this ensemble and what we can expect at the Jazz Gallery performance?

The band on the recording features a cast of super-creative musicians that I’ve had the pleasure of playing with for years. For example bassist Jason Roebke and tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman have been long-collaborators in Mike Reed’s People Places and Things. This is one of the rare playing situations that I’ve been in for over a decade and the rapport we have from all of the tours, recordings, and hangs is very special. Likewise, for drummer, Marcus Evans, and trombonist, Norman Palm. Both of these musicians have been in my early bands in Chicago and we’ve known each other for almost 20 years. In 2012, I had the pleasure of touring Africa with pianist Dennis Luxion, who is incredible in whatever situation you put him in.

I did get to include a few musicians that I haven’t played with but was eager to create a situation for us to make music together including trumpeter Russ Johnson, cornetist Ben LaMar Gay, bass trombonist Christopher Davis, and saxophonist Keefe Jackson. All of these folks have added so much to this project.

For the NYC show, tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino, trombonist Willie Applewhite, bass trombonist Max Seigel, and drummer Kenneth Salters, will join us. I’ve had the pleasure of making music with most all of these musicians in other settings during my stay in NYC and I’m looking forward to what happens on the stage on Friday.

You are busy with various projects as a performer and educator. How does your work as a leader impact your work in other situations?

When you lead a project it’s important to have the clearest idea of what you’re trying to create so you can relay this information to your collaborators easily. From this, I always try to understand what other bandleaders are trying to execute so that I can be the best teammate. The same goes for education; meeting students where they are and helping them reach their goals is very important to me.

You’ve recently made the move back to Chicago after spending some time living in New York City. What is like to be part of the thriving Chicago music scene?

Being back in Chicago is really amazing. Since I left in 2009, the scene has developed quite a bit. There are new clubs, a lot of new amazing musicians and new music. I’m excited to be apart of a scene that has so many interesting voices. Folks are trying things and this is inspiring!

Greg Ward & 10 Tongues play the Jazz Gallery on Friday, July 8th with sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Tickets can be reserved online in advance or purchased at the door.

You can pre-order the album at Bandcamp and iTunes.

The Chicago album release shows will take place on July 29 and 30 at the Green Mill. More details here.

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Press Roundup for Touch My Beloved’s Thought

Posted by: mark on June 30, 2016 @ 2:36 pm
Filed under: Greg Ward, Releases

The reviews for Greg Ward‘s Touch My Beloved ‘s Thought are starting to come in. Here’s a selection:

Ben Ratliff laud’s the album in his recent piece on the Chicago jazz scene:


“…Mr. Ward’s album, a six-part suite for 11 musicians, is a reckoning with Charles Mingus’s 1963 album “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady.” “Touch” was written to accompany a dance piece by the choreographer Onye Ozuzu, and it extrapolates from parts of the old work; Mr. Ward, a strong narrative improviser with a keening tone, leads the ensemble through sweeping melodies.”
-Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

NYC Jazz Record

Ward isn’t just inspired by the earlier work, he’s also created a piece imbued with the Mingus aesthetic, full of such tropes and gestures as dynamic and tempo acceleration; multiple lines creating polyphony; solos building and being supported by growingly insistent, muscular ensemble backgrounds; and the controlled cacophony of ‘free’ group improvisation.”
-George Kanzler, The New York City Jazz Record

Read the entire review here.

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One can marvel at the arrangements, how the composer/arranger shares the melody among the participants, how the solos naturally rise out of the music, how each musician’s voice counts, and how the ensemble gels in front of a live audience…”
-Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

Read the entire review here.

You can pre-order the album at Bandcamp and iTunes ahead of the July 8 release.

And don’t miss the album release shows in New York (July 8) and Chicago (July 29-30).


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Greg Ward’s Chicago Release Shows – July 29-30

Posted by: mark on @ 12:09 pm
Filed under: Artists, Greg Ward, Releases


The Chicago album release shows for Greg Ward & 10 Tongues’ Touch My Beloved ‘s Thought will take place at the Green Mill in Chicago on July 29th and 30th.


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

Here is the schedule:

Friday, July 29, 9:00pm-1:00am Details here.
Saturday, July 30, 8:00pm-12:00am Details here.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

You can pre-order the album at Bandcamp and iTunes.

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Greg Ward’s New York Release Show – July 8

Posted by: mark on June 24, 2016 @ 3:37 pm
Filed under: Artists, Greg Ward, Releases


To celebrate the worldwide release of Touch My Beloved ‘s Thought, Greg Ward & 10 Tongues will perform their New York album release show at Jazz Gallery on July 8th. The band will feature a great mix of Chicago and New York players presenting this music!


Greg Ward – alto saxophone/composition
Lucas Pino – tenor saxophone
Keefe Jackson – tenor/baritone saxophones
Russ Johnson – trumpet
Ben LaMar Gay – cornet
Willie Applewhite – trombone
Christopher Davis – bass trombone
Dennis Luxion – piano
Jason Roebke – bass
Kenneth Salters – drums

There will be sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm and CDs will be available for sale. Tickets can be reserved online in advance or purchased at the door.

Don’t miss this chance to hear this great music in one of the city’s best jazz rooms.

You can pre-order the album at Bandcamp and iTunes.

See you out there!

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