Up at the Halifax Jazz Festival Creative Music Workshop

Posted by: Dave Douglas on July 8, 2013 @ 5:38 pm
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Dave Douglas (News), Events

Nice to be in Halifax all this week! Sharing music, playing with the Quintet, running along the waterfront. Thanks to super director Jerry Granelli.

Dave Douglas Quintet at Halifax Jazz Festival
+ The BiCoastal Collective
Friday, July 12 2013 at 8:00pm
The Schooner Showroom, Casino [map]

Personnel: Dave Douglas (trumpet), Linda Oh (bass), Jon Irabagon (tenor saxophone), Uri Caine (piano), Johnathan Blake (drums)

Also check out Greenleaf alum Curtis Macdonald at the HJF.

Curtis Macdonald Trio
July 11th, 8:00pm
Carlton Music Bar & Grill [map]
July 12th, 2:30pm
Main Festival Stage

Personnel: Curtis Macdonald (alto sax), Zack Lober (electric bass), Adam Jackson (drums)

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Curtis Macdonald at KORZO in Brooklyn, tonight.

Posted by: admin on August 28, 2012 @ 4:21 pm
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Events

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[VIDEO] Curtis Macdonald Group – Figmentum I

Posted by: admin on June 18, 2012 @ 4:08 pm
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Video

“Figmentum I” by The Curtis Macdonald Group

Featuring: Bobby Avey, Rhodes; Adam Jackson, Drums; Curtis Macdonald, Sax; Chris Tordini, Bass.
Recorded live on January 23, 2012 at The Breeding Ground NYC.

Video shooting by Andreas Hofweber & Nicole Birch
Video editing by Tobin Del Cuore

Audio recording by Tariq Kahn
Audio mixing & mastering by Tyler McDiarmid

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Curtis Macdonald at Bar 4 – Thursday, March 1st

Posted by: admin on March 1, 2012 @ 6:29 pm
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Events

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

7pm – Noah Garabedian Quartet
Dov Manski – Piano
Craig Weinrib – Drums
Roman Filiu – Sax
Noah Garabedian – Bass

9pm – Curtis Macdonald Quartet
Bobby Avey – Rhodes
Tommy Crane – Drums
Aryeh Kobrinsky – Bass
Curtis Macdonald – Sax

Bar 4, Brooklyn

poster by Syndrome Design

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Curtis Macdonald Group at Korzo, Brooklyn

Posted by: admin on January 24, 2012 @ 4:36 pm
Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Events

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to catch the live video stream of Curtis’ gig last night at the Breeding Ground in Brooklyn, another gig hits tonight at Korzo with Bobby Avey—piano, Chris Tordini—bass, Adam Jackson—drums

  • Date: Tuesday, January 24th
  • Time: 10:30pm
  • City: Curtis Macdonald in Brooklyn
  • Venue: KORZO
  • Address: 667 5th Ave
  • Country: US

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    Dave Douglas & Greenleaf in 2011

    As we sift through our epically full inboxes and move further and further away from vacation daze, we can’t help but get a little nostalgic for 2011—even as it’s just passed. There was a new website, a new music series, new artists, new albums… it seems everything was NEW last year. So before we can move on to all the goings-on we have scheduled this calendar year, a quick recap of some of the music we released in 2011 is necessary for us in this crazy hit-it-and-forget-it internet world we’ve all grown accustomed to.

    Donny McCaslin’s Perpetual Motion

    Donny went from a sparse but blazing tenor trio album Recommended Tools [2008] to the large ensemble Declaration album [released on Sunnyside, 2010] all the way to this electric album filled with angular post-bop, blistering polyphonic funk, backbeat-driven R&B, and delicate, ethereal balladry. And we thank him for it. It’s partly due to this music that the Key Motion Quintet came to be—but we’ll get to that.

    Curtis Macdonald’s Community Immunity

    Curtis’ debut album sounds more like his fourth or fifth. The depth of the compositions and the blowing from everyone on board sold us the second we heard it. As Dave put it early on: “The pieces on this recording are like little puzzles with moving parts that fit together in the strangest ways.” If you didn’t pick this album up, you should, because it burns from start to finish.

    Greenleaf Portable Series, Cloud Player

    As everyone knows, we like to take on at least one bigger project every year, and this was our 2011. And really, what better way to allow Dave to be his compositore prolificano than to record three disparate groups providing the vehicle for his new music. We’re glad that you agreed and supported the series, both as the digital albums, and in the Three Views box set. We hope to do another batch of GPS’s this year, so stay tuned.

    All of that music, and all our music from the past 7 years of operation are housed at our new Cloud Player. Subscribers can access it all for a nominal annual fee. It’s our way of saying that catalog isn’t dead, at least ours. We’ll be making updates including First Listen’s to new albums regularly. Consider joining our community by subscribing.

    Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, GPS1: Rare Metals

    The first of three. New compositions for a band that made it’s recording debut not too long ago—three years might be a long time, but for us, this group is still fresh.

    Orange Afternoons Quintet, GPS2: Orange Afternoons

    Dave with Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, and Marcus Gilmore. ’nuff said.

    Dave Douglas & So Percussion, GPS3: Bad Mango

    This is the one that we were most excited about hearing around the office when we first heard of the possibility. “What would it be like?,” we thought. Well, it sounded like nothing we’d heard out of Dave before, in the best and most exciting way possible. The tunes Dave chose for this ensemble were perfectly matched, some spacey and floating dripping with tinkerings, some unabashedly sharp and driving.

    GPS at Jazz Standard

    Lucky folks in NYC continue to get lucky around the holidays. It seems every year Dave pulls a rabbit out of his hat and throws a shindig at somewhere in town to celebrate the year. 2011 was no different with Dave bringing in not only the three ensembles chronicling the GPS releases, but also a new band co-led by Donny McCaslin called Key Motion. Expect to hear more from that band, and all these shows in the coming months.

    Three Views for charity

    A special thanks to all those who got involved in the charity drive we put on at the end of the year. Thanks to you, we were able to contribute more that we hoped to the charities we listed and that you suggested. We hope the 17-player autographed copy of the Three Views box finds a nice place on your mantle or CD rack—you deserve it. We hope we can do something similar next year. Again, thanks for your generosity.

    What else?

    I’m sure I’m forgetting to write a bunch of things—music or otherwise—that Dave Douglas & Greenleaf were a part of in 2011. But maybe that’s a good thing. As Dylan said, “Don’t Look Back.” We don’t want to push the past too hard, just remind you of it in all it’s glory. And now that we’ve reminded you, onwards and upwards to 2012. Expect good things.

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    Take 25% off all digital products, now through Sunday

    Use coupon code “DIGITAL” during checkout.

    Since physical orders from this week will likely not arrive in time to be stuffed into a stocking, we’re extending one final offer this year: take 25% off any of our digital products from now until Sunday. That includes all of our own brand of yuletide carols in MP3 and FLAC formats, as well as digital sheet music pieces.

    Still want to give a gift? No problem. After you make your digital purchase, send us an email and let us know who you’d like to send the music to, and if you want a special holiday note to accompany the products. Inboxes and hard drives need stuffing, too.

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    Curtis Macdonald in Geneva, CH – This Saturday

    Posted by: admin on December 2, 2011 @ 8:48 pm
    Filed under: Curtis Macdonald (news), Events

    December 3rd, 2011 – AMR Geneva

    Curtis Macdonald: saxophone alto.
    David Virelles: piano.
    Adam Jackson: batterie.
    Chris Tordini: contrebasse.

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    Take 25% off our catalog, today only. Use coupon code “TWENTY5OFF”

    It seems like the holidays come earlier and earlier every year. So today and for one day only, put down your turkey basters because we’re offering our complete catalog* for 25% off. That includes GPS MP3 albums for as little as $3.75, live sets for as little as $5, CDs for as little as $9, Sheet Music for as little as $11, and Subscriptions for as little at $18!

    * The 25% discount is applicable to all products except the Three Views box set, and the educational sheet music packages.

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    Curtis Macdonald, Community Immunity in JazzTimes, Ottawa Citizen

    Posted by: admin on August 26, 2011 @ 5:07 pm
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