A Year Ends, A Year Begins

Posted by: Dave Douglas on December 23, 2016 @ 1:28 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts), Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Perennials

Getting ready to close out a great year for creative music! A challenging year in some other ways, admittedly…

We are aiming to reach a new high in our community of subscribers. If you listen to the music we make — my music, that of Rudy Royston, Ryan Keberle, Linda Oh, Greg Ward, podcasts, special releases, we would really like to hear from you. To make this sustainable, we are looking to gather just a few more subscribers before the year ends. That could be you!

In January, we will release the first tracks of our 2017 Subscription Series, Metamorphosis, featuring myself, Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith, Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell (on modular synth), Yasushi Nakamura, and Andrew Cyrille. It’s a series you are not going to want to miss. The project will play live at Lincoln Center in New York on March 3 and 4.

To further entice you to join us as this year ends, subscribers at Levels 2 and 3 will get Paperback edition CDs of the 2015 Serial Sessions, and the 2016 New Sanctuary.

I hope you’ll join us now — we depend on your support as we move into what will be a very challenging new cycle. We will always keep producing great creative music in response!

Best wishes for the holiday season and beyond.


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Dave Douglas Quintet in the Hartford Courant

Posted by: mark on November 10, 2015 @ 10:22 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)


Thanks to the Hartford Courant for the coverage! The Dave Douglas Quintet will be at the Side Door in Old Lyme on Friday, Nov. 13. Get your tickets here!

Trumpeter Dave Douglas, when he’s on stage with his longtime quintet, sometimes finds himself taking part in a swirl of frenetic energy, a peak moment in a longer improvisation, when the band transcends itself and its surroundings.

Writing music for “Brazen Heart,” his latest quintet recording, Douglas wondered: How can I capture that spark in a three-minute composition? Can lightning, in fact, be bottled?

“So often, when the band gets to that kind of energy, it’s in the middle of a 15-minute piece,” Douglas says. “As a composer, I was like, OK, how can I get us to that place, and get in and say it and get out?”

Several songs on “Brazen Heart” — “Wake Up Claire,” “Inure Phase,” “Ocean Spray,” “Lone Wolf” — embody that strategy. Douglas’ quintet performs some of that music, and more, at the Side Door in Old Lyme on Friday, Nov. 13. (read more at The Hartford Courant)



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Dave Douglas Cover Story in October Issue of JazzTimes

Posted by: mark on October 7, 2015 @ 4:25 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)


Greenleaf cofounder Dave Douglas is the cover story for October’s JazzTimes (article available here). The generation-defining trumpeter and composer talks to Nate Chinen about 10 years of balancing artistic instinct and business sense at the helm of Greenleaf Music.

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Praise for High Risk

Posted by: mark on June 29, 2015 @ 5:02 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Press


HIGH RISK is officially one week old. We appreciate everyone’s support and are shipping out orders as fast as we can. Buy your copy here. Plenty of folks have great things to say about HIGH RISK the album and live performances alike:


I’ve seen Dave Douglas three times in the last few years in Ottawa, each time at the helm of a different band. But only on Friday night did I see Douglas at the beginning of his show, literally jumping on the spot as the music pulsed, seemingly extra excited to get busy and join in with the sounds around him. read more >>>



Among brand-name contemporary jazz musicians, few have embraced change and experimentation like trumpeter Dave Douglas. For years he seemed to form a new group every few months, each with a particular mission or focus—though lately he’s settled down. On this year’s Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note) he flexes the mainstream chops at his core during an excellent set with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and the collective Sound Prints (the recording is the latest in a series celebrating the music of saxophonist Wayne Shorter). His most recent project, however, finds him pushing boundaries again. read more >>>



Play it safe? Dave Douglas wouldn’t dream of it.

Artistically, that is. The 52-year-old New Yorker might well be one of those drivers who never lets his gas drop below a quarter-tank, or a diner who always reserves. But with a trumpet in his hands, and a project in his head, Douglas is definitely a risk-taker.

To start somewhere, let’s take his new band and its debut album, to be released next week. Both are called — what else — High Risk. read more >>>



Dave Douglas is a well-established jazz player who has been an active performer since the mid-’80s and who has recorded with a number of influential ensembles, including John Zorn‘s Masada Quartet and his own Balkan music group, Tiny Bell Trio. Zach Saginaw—who records under his middle name, Shigeto—composes lightly psychedelic instrumental hip-hop and has released a number of records via the label Ghostly International. The pair first met last year, via a Red Bull Music Academy event that paired musicians—Nels Cline, Wadada Leo Smith, Petra Haden, among others—in a series of solo and duet improvisations. And while they aren’t necessarily obvious collaborators, the two hit it off. read more >>>



Nels Cline knows a thing or two. Whether the Wilco guitarist and master improviser had any sort of larger plan in mind when he hooked trumpeter Dave Douglas up with electronic musician Zachary Saginaw is up for debate, but what was initially an impromptu pairing has become a full-blown band—and you can hear that band, High Risk, at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival this weekend. read more >>>



Music via electrodes is nothing new to trumpeter Dave Douglas. He’s blended jazz with electronic music before and the results were about as consistently good as anything else he had recorded. Freak In was especially caustic mix, one that rewarded those who took the plunge and punished those who had not kept up on contemporary jazz (my boss, hearing it come out of my work computer, told me that it wasn’t music). High Risk, Douglas’ collaboration with bassist Jonathan Maron, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electronic musician Shigeto, walks closer to the heels of Douglas’s Keystone project.  read more >>>


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Dave Douglas’ “High Risk” Out Today!

Posted by: mark on June 23, 2015 @ 11:08 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


We’re happy to announce the release of Dave Douglas’ HIGH RISK. You’ve probably heard some tracks either from Pitchfork or from Resident Advisor. Maybe you’ve seen the EPK with footage from the studio. You might have even checked out this review from PopMatters. We’re excited to get this music in your hands and in your ears. Choose from CD’s, Long Play Records or Digital DownloadBuy now! HIGH RISK will be on tour in Canada and the United States for the next two weeks. Check below for their schedule.

“High Risk is about as fresh as music can get.”


High Risk on Tour

6/25/2015 | Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival |Rochester | Buy Tickets

6/26/2015 | TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival | Ottawa | Buy Tickets

6/27/2015 | TD Victoria International Jazz Festival | Victoria | Buy Tickets

6/28/15 | TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival | Vancouver | Buy Tickets

6/29/2015 | Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival | Saskatoon | Buy Tickets

6/30/15 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal | Buy Tickets

7/1-2/15 | Constellation | Chicago | Buy Tickets (7/1), Buy Tickets (7/2)

7/3/2015 | Iowa City Jazz Festival | Iowa City | FREE


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Dave Douglas & High Risk Tour US & Canada This Summer

Posted by: mark on June 8, 2015 @ 11:53 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)


Dave Douglas’ High Risk drops on June 23rd!  Preorder your copy at the Greenleaf Store where you can also preview the track Molten Sunset. You can also stream some tracks from High Risk on Pitchfork and Dave’s SoundCloud profile. Be sure to check out the EPK below. High Risk will tour US and Canada in June and July:

6/25/2015 | Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival |Rochester | Buy Tickets

6/26/2015 | TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival | Ottawa | Buy Tickets

6/27/2015 | TD Victoria International Jazz Festival | Victoria | Buy Tickets

6/28/15 | TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival | Vancouver | Buy Tickets

6/29/2015 | Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival | Saskatoon | Buy Tickets

6/30/15 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal | Buy Tickets

7/1-2/15 | Constellation | Chicago | Buy Tickets (7/1), Buy Tickets (7/2)

7/3/2015 | Iowa City Jazz Festival | Iowa City | FREE

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Pitchfork covers High Risk + streaming track

Posted by: mark on June 5, 2015 @ 11:18 am
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We’re pumped that Pitchfork has taken notice of Dave Douglas’ new release High Risk. Head over there to check an exclusive stream of “First Things First.” Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of High Risk at the GLM Store. We have CD’s, limited edition LP’s, and digital copies available. Buy now.

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High Risk Available for Preorder on iTunes Today!

Posted by: mark on May 19, 2015 @ 2:29 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates)


We are thrilled to announce the iTunes preorder of HIGH RISKthe latest creation from trumpeter/composer/Greenleaf Music founder Dave Douglas. Preorder on iTunes now

Two-time GRAMMY® nominated Dave Douglas continues his relentless musical exploration with a new record probing the possibilities of improvised jazz and electronic music. Featuring an exciting new band of noted players: Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective), on electric and acoustic bass; Mark Guiliana (Beat Music, Heernt) on electric and acoustic drums; and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics.

Recorded by five-time GRAMMY® nominated Geoff Countryman (Dr. Luke, Patti LaBelle, Wu-Tang Clan, Randy Brecker, Gregory Porter, Fred Hersch) and mixed by Steve Wall (Semi Precious Weapons, Matisyahu, Meshell Ndegeocello) the album finds Douglas again walking a musical high wire. High stakes, high reward. HIGH RISK.

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Dave Douglas’ “High Risk” on Tour in Europe!

Posted by: mark on April 18, 2015 @ 10:59 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News)


Don’t miss High Risk in Europe! 10 shows in 11 days.

April 20 – Wroclaw, Poland Jazz Nad Odrą Festival / Impart

April 21 – Paris, France New Morning

April 23 – Prague, Czech Republic Jazz Dock

April 24 – Krakow, Poland Radio Krakow

April 25 – Gexto, Spain Escuela de Música Andrés Isasi de Las Arenas

April 26 – Santiago De Compostela, Spain Teatro Principal de Santiago de Compostela

April 27 – Madrid, Spain Teatro Lara

April 28 – Middelburg, The Netherlands Schuttershofcafe

April 29 – Köln, Germany Stadtgarten

April 30 – Montpellier, France Koa Jazz / Maison pour tous Voltaire


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Dave Douglas Updates: “High Risk,” “Sound Prints,” and “Serial Sessions”

Posted by: mark on April 8, 2015 @ 11:05 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Dave Douglas (News), Dave Douglas (Updates), Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle

2GRE_CD_1042_D3011MGreenleaf co-founder Dave Douglas is rarely never idle. This week might seem jam packed with announcements, but it’s just another week here at Greenleaf Music. We’re proud to announce a new album of Dave’s called High Risk that will be released on June 23rd on Greenleaf. It features the personalities of producer/beat maker SHIGETO, drummer Mark Guiliana, and electric bassist Jonathan Maron exploring electronic improvisations based on compositions from Dave’s pen. Listen to Molten Sunshine and Cardinals below. The mix of interaction, improvisation and post production on High Risk is refreshingly easy to listen to, and delightfully escapes category. Is it electronic music? Jazz music? Trumpet Music? We can’t say, but we can assure you it’s good music.

At the same time, another project Dave has been working on with long time collaborator Joe Lovano called Sound Prints released their very first album as a group on Tuesday named “Live at Monterey Jazz Fest.” This record, available on Blue Note Records, features veteran drummer Joey Baron, bassist (and Greenleaf Artist) Linda Oh and pianist Lawrence Fields. The record is for sale at both iTunes and Amazon, and also available to stream on a variety of services here.


We also can’t forget the Serial Sessions, the 12-track album Dave recorded and produced this year exclusively for Greenleaf Music Subscribers. Each month we release a fresh track from the session to our subscribers (available as an MP3 or hi-res wave download, and on our streaming Cloud Player) and March’s track is called Hypatia. Trombonist Ryan Keberle (who released the knockout record Into the Zone last year) plays beautifully on this track and also weighs in here:

In some ways, writing about this most recent Serial release, “Hypatia,” a tune written by Dave Douglas in homage to Wayne Shorter, is easy for me. There are seemingly endless things to get excited about when talking about Dave Douglas, one of my heroes and living inspirations, whose composition captures everything we as jazz musicians love about the master composer and improvisor, Wayne Shorter. An undeniable melody, an unorthodox chord progression that somehow manages to function in beautiful ways, plus the room for personal improvisatory expression within the framework of a cohesive performance by the band.

If you are a Subscriber feel free to download the Hi-Res WAV track or MP3 version here. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

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