ANFTD #42: James Brandon Lewis

Posted by: russell on May 6, 2017 @ 9:12 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

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:

ReflectionMoments (2010) with Neil Kogan, guitar; Robert Holliday, piano; Ben Shepherd, bass; John Shebalin, drums & percussion.

Break IIIDays of FreeMan (2015) with Jamaladeen Tacuma, bass; Rudy Royston, drums; Hprizm, sound design / beats;
Supernatural, rapper.

Lament for JLewDays of FreeMan (2015)

DesensitizedDivine Travels (2014) with William Parker, bass and Gerald Cleaver, drums.

Wading Child in the Motherless WaterDivine Travels (2014)

Raise Up Off MeNo Filter (2017) with Luke Stewart, bass; Warren G Crudup III, drums.

Say WhatNo Filter (2017)

Subscribe to A Noise From The Deep on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or your own favorite service using our RSS Feed.



No Comments

ANFTD #41: Joe Lovano

Posted by: Dave Douglas on March 21, 2017 @ 11:50 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas

Joe Lovano talks about his long-time home and session pad in the loft at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in New York. He also talks about Hank Jones, Paul Motian, and improvisation, and about the spiritual aspect and the spirits in his music. Great thoughts from a great musician.

Music heard in this episode:

Bird’s Eye View – Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, George Mraz, Lewis Nash

Journey Within – Joe Lovano, Lionel Loueke, Otis Brown III, Francisco Mela

Cool, Streams of Expression Pt. 2 – Joe Lovano, Tim Hagans, Barry Ries, Larry Farrell, Steve Slagle, George Garzone, Ralph Lalama, Gary Smulyan, John Hicks, Dennis Irwin, Lewis Nash

Amber – Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser

It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago – Paul Motian Trio: Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian

Subscribe to A Noise From The Deep on iTunes, Stitcher, or your own favorite service using our RSS Feed.



No Comments

We’ve launched our 40th podcast!

Posted by: mark on February 17, 2017 @ 3:58 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast, Rudy Royston

With the launch of our latest A Noise From The Deep podcast featuring trombonist Roswell Rudd, we’re celebrating our 40th podcast!

Since it’s debut in 2013 with Henry Threadgill, the series has included a broad range of musicians and personalities discussing their creative process with Dave Douglas.

All of the podcasts are available on our website as well as iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

We’re honored to provide our community with the opportunity to learn more about these great artists and their work.

Thanks to all of our supporters for listening. We hope you’ll continue to explore the work of these great artists.

Listen and enjoy!

No Comments

ANFTD #40: Roswell Rudd

Posted by: Dave Douglas on February 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Trombonist and composer Roswell Rudd has been a force in American music for over 60 years. Emerging from the brass and Dixieland bands of New England colleges in the mid-1950s, Rudd went on to New York to join fellow-seekers Steve Lacy, Herbie Nichols, Archie Shepp, Milford Graves, Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden and many others. An important aspect of Rudd’s work came about in doing research for Alan Lomax, categorizing and analyzing hundreds of hours of musical field recordings from around the globe over a span of several decades. He credits this work with deepening his understanding of musical systems, giving him the ability to travel anywhere in the world and fit into disparate musical traditions and practices.

Rudd and his partner, producer Verna Gillis, have traveled the world since 2001, producing ground-breaking collaborations with musicians from Mali, Mongolia, China and Siberia. Roswell Rudd conducts master classes and workshops, as well as continuing to perform. His most recent recording is a collaboration with the vocalist Heather Masse entitled August Love Song.

THE OLDERS, Roswell Rudd and Verna Gillis, are ready to release their new song/video AWESOME & GRUESOME.

We’d like to give a special THANK YOU to Verna Gillis for her help in creating this episode. Podcast is edited by Geoff Countryman.

Subscribe to A Noise From The Deep on iTunes, Stitcher, or your own favorite service using our RSS Feed.



No Comments

ANFTD #39: Kris Davis

Posted by: russell on January 6, 2017 @ 10:11 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

photo by Peter Gannushkin –

Pianist-composer Kris Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “Over the past couple years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” Reviewing one of the series of striking albums Davis has released over the past half-decade, the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions.

Long favored by her peers and jazz fans in the know, Davis has earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.”

Subscribe to A Noise From The Deep on iTunes, Stitcher, or your own favorite service using our RSS Feed.



No Comments

ANFTD #38: Laurie Frink

Posted by: russell on November 30, 2016 @ 1:45 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast
Laurie Frink with Dizzy Gillespie

Laurie Frink with Dizzy Gillespie

In this episode four great trumpeters: Nadje Noordhuis, Michael Rodriguez, Dave Ballou and Keyon Harrold, along with myself, discuss their experiences and practices of studying with Laurie Frink!

The discussion was recorded at the Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC on September 25 in front of a live audience. It also includes recordings of Laurie herself playing and talking. This was a great tribute to a great teacher, but also a living demonstration that Laurie’s lessons live on with all of us!

Whether you are a trumpeter or not, there is plenty to learn from in here. It’s a pleasure to share this wisdom on the feed of A Noise From The Deep.


laurie-frink-photo-by-takashi-yashimaANNOUNCING THE LAURIE FRINK BRASS SUMMIT #6, to be held on Monday December 5th from 2-4pm in Laurie’s studio. An opportunity for brass players to get together and chat about Laurie’s teaching methods, swap notes, and have some light refreshments. Tony Kadleck will be our esteemed speaker. Entry is a suggested $20 donation, which will go towards the Laurie Frink Career Grant fund. PLACES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED – YOU MUST RSVP to to attend. Don’t miss out!

If the player below doesn’t work for you go to the bottom of this post for Soundcloud embed!


L-R: Keyon Harrold, Dave Douglas, Nadje Noordhuis, Dave Ballou, Mike Rodriguez.

No Comments

ANFTD #37: Marietta Drummond

Posted by: russell on September 30, 2016 @ 4:41 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Dreams, Old, New and Otherwise Edition.

In this episode of A Noise From the Deep we talk about the musical scene in New York in the 1980s with Marietta Drummond. Marietta is a pianist and longtime listener and lover of music. She booked and managed Old and New Dreams, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, and Liberation Music Orchestra for a time during this period. Marietta was also the musical curator for programs at Cathedral St. John The Divine. She has a lot of great things to say about these musicians, as well as Don Pullen, Carlos Ward, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hank Jones, Mary Lou Williams and others.

Subscribe at iTunes or listen right here at Greenleaf Music.

Please send us a note at and help spread the word by rating and reviewing.



No Comments

ANFTD #36: Soweto Kinch

Posted by: russell on August 24, 2016 @ 11:50 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Soweto14Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B.

Kinch’s projects also extend beyond recorded albums. Writing the score for Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist (2010), and Sampad’s In The Further Soil (2010), a dance-theatre. Kinch also wrote and acted in the latter piece, which toured throughout India for a month.

Most recently, he has collaborated with the BBC and Drum and Bass producer Goldie. By Royal Appointment is 3-part prime time reality music show, following Goldie, Soweto, Guy Chamber and Ms Dynamite as they discover and coach a group of 12 vulnerable young mentees towards their first live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace. Kinch, describe how the programme (due for transmission on the 23rd February, 2011) really allowed him to extended his work as an curator and mentor, “it was a radically fresh approach to discovering and nurturing new talent, and an antedote to the usual pop formulae and manufactured music.”

The Flyover Show is Soweto’s flagship project. Currently in its 5th year, this groundbreaking daylong, music and arts festival takes place in its unusual setting beneath a motorway flyover in Birmingham. 2011’s years event continued a theme from 2010, celebrating black male icons who’ve been influential in successful in redefining Britishness. Featuring artists as divergent as Goldie, Akala and Omar the festival continues to build on its reputation, bringing world class rostra to an often neglected corner of inner city Birmingham – its previous guests having included Bashy, Ms Dynamite, Janet Kay, Ty, Speech Debelle and Jonzi D to name a few.

Following on from links made during his time in India and South Africa, Soweto is preparing to extend the The Flyover Show concept, globally: taking breakout performances abroad and working with artists from the Dharavi slum of Mumbai and in Johannesburg. The vision and impact of this idea continues to grow, transforming derelict and abandoned spaces into exciting creative spaces, and presenting a new model of urban renewal.

Kinch also continues to curate seasons of The Live Box, a Birmingham based jam session and showcase that has been run from venues across Birmingham for over 9 years. Moreover, he was invited as a special guest curator at the Harrogate Festival 2011.

Soweto’s 2010 release The New Emancipation drew its inspiration from 19th century work songs and early blues, exploring the modern resonances of the emancipation story. From debt/wage slavery, to creative oppression in the music industry and ideas of race in a post-Obama age it combined this rich musical inheritance and revisited it with stellar jazz ensemble and modern hip hop production. Number one on the Rise Best Albums of 2010, the album featured a prestigious international lineup, including Byron Wallen, Justin Brown (US), Eska Mtungwazi, Femi Temowo, Shabaka Hutchings and Harry Brown among others.

The ‘Legend of Mike Smith’ tour sees Soweto Kinch presenting all new material in anticipation of a new album of the same name. The performance draws on Dante and The Seven Deadly sins, telling the tale of a young MC caught in a very modern world of temptation. Featuring a core trio including Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Shaney Forbes on Drums the subject matter allows Kinch to explore the full breadth of human emotion in Hip Hop and jazz form. It will be touring extensively from February 2013 onwards.

‘I’m really excited about these shows, the stripped trio format allows me more harmonic freedom and space to deliver lyrics. Moreover, I’m excited about integrating new things into the show, such as tenor sax and live looping’ – Soweto Kinch

‘A real tour de force – a contemporary take on The Seven Deadly Sins’. John Fordham – The Guardian ****



No Comments

ANFTD #35: Jonathan Finlayson

Posted by: russell on March 25, 2016 @ 9:04 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Photo by: Everett McCourt, 2013

Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as “…an incisive and often surprising trumpeter,” who is “…fascinated with composition.” Born in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, Finlayson began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. He came under the tutelage of Bay Area legend Robert Porter, a veteran trumpeter from the bebop era who took Finlayson under his wing; he was often seen accompanying Porter on his gigs about town and sitting in on the popular Sunday nights jam session at the Bird Cage. He subsequently attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied with Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater.

Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. Finlayson has performed and recorded in groups led by Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.



1 Comment

ANFTD #34: Becca Stevens

Posted by: russell on October 29, 2015 @ 12:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Becca_Stevens_Portait_-_by_Tom_Kershaw_-_reduced_res-1363110361With music from “Perfect Animal” (Universal Music Classics) featuring The Becca Stevens Band with Liam Robinson, Chris Tordini, and Jordan Perlson.

I Asked (Becca Stevens)
Be Still (Becca Stevens)
Tillery (Becca Stevens)

The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Ambrose Akinmusire (Blue Note)
Our Basement (Ed) (Becca Stevens)
While You Were Sleeping Jose James (Blue Note)
Dragon (Becca Stevens)

Learn more about Becca at her website.


No Comments

Older Posts →