Dave Douglas Quintet

One of Dave’s most popular and enduring projects, the Quintet has been in existence for over eight years. Current members are Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston. With a repertoire of dozens of original tunes, the quintet spans a wide range of contemporary jazz sounds in a lyrical, driving fashion. The quintet released its most recent recording, TIME TRAVEL to great critical acclaim.

Other recordings:

* BE STILL, a ballad-like set that presents a series of hymns and folk songs with an intensely personal connection.
* LIVE AT THE JAZZ STANDARD documented a whole week of music circa 2006 including 44 different compositions in 12 unique sets of music available for download at Greenleaf Music.
* MEANING & MYSTERY (Sheet music is also available for this title) a studio recording from February 1, 2006, consists of original Dave Douglas Quintet compositions.
* STRANGE LIBERATION (2004) featured special guest Bill Frisell on guitar.
* Their first album, THE INFINITE, was nominated for a Grammy as best instrumental jazz album in 2003. The band was launched at the Village Vanguard, NYC, in February 2000, and continues touring around the world.
* Greenleaf Music recently released a 2-CD recording of the Quintet LIVE AT THE BIMHUIS in Amsterdam from 2002 as part of the specially priced Paperback Series.

Please check the Shows page for upcoming performances.

Dave Douglas & Soundprints

A co-led quintet with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano. The all-star ensemble also includes up and coming pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Joey Baron. Performing new original compositions by both Douglas and Lovano as well as brand new Wayne Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with Shorter, the quintet is a unique convergence of three unparalleled trajectories.

Soundprints’ debut recording will be available on Blue Note Records in Fall 2014.

Dave Douglas & Uri Caine Duo

Music for trumpet and piano. Douglas has paired up with longtime collaborator Uri Caine to record their first duo album, PRESENT JOYS. The duo explores a special collection of songs, hymns & improvisations inspired by the Sacred Harp and the shape-note tradition.

Dave Douglas & Riverside

Dedicated to exploring and expounding upon the musical legacy of the late jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre. The quartet, co-led by Douglas, on trumpet, and Chet Doxas, on clarinet and tenor saxophone, has a rhythm section comprised of Steve Swallow (a former member of the Jimmy Giuffre 3) on electric bass and Jim Doxas (Chet’s brother and frequent collaborator) on drums. Riverside blends a love for improvised music, bluegrass, sacred hymns and Appalachian music to create an aesthetic rooted in both Americana and jazz.

RIVERSIDE, the group’s eponymously-titled debut, was released April 2014 on Greenleaf Music.

Dave Douglas & Keystone

Music for electric sextet with trumpet, tenor/soprano sax, rhodes, electric bass, drums, and turntables. Inspired by films, written for films, both new and old.

SPARK OF BEING, the newest release from Douglas’ Grammy-nominated Keystone band, is a collaboration between Douglas and experimental film-maker Bill Morrison. Spark Of Being is a film retelling the Frankenstein myth with accompanying Douglas soundtrack. Further info at Greenleaf Music.

MOONSHINE, released November 2007 on Greenleaf Music, is an album that moves musical genres forward into uncharted territory. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect is that the basis for this recording was a single performance in front of a live studio audience. After this release, Douglas brought this band to the Jazz Standard for 5 nights, and recorded it all as part of Greenleaf Music’s Download-Only Series.

KEYSTONE, the first DD&K studio recording, is available at Greenleaf Music as a two disc package: one CD of just the music, and one DVD containing two 1916 Arbuckle silent films with new musical accompaniment. This package was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. A live recording from Umea, Sweden from October 2005 is also available on Greenleaf Music’s specially priced Paperback Series. The recording captures the band with Gene Lake, Marcus Strickland, Adam Benjamin, Brad Jones, and DJ Olive. The New York City premiere of this project took place at Zankel Hall on February 18, 2006 as part of John Adams’ In Your Ear series.

Please check Shows for upcoming performance dates.

Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, and Drums. Born out of the Festival of New Trumpet Music in 2005, Brass Ecstasy nods to the ever-evolving spirit of brass music through soul-inflected compositions. The debut recording from this band, SPIRIT MOVES, features Dave joined by Vincent Chancey on french horn, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba, and Nasheet Waits on drums and was released on Greenleaf Music, June 16, 2009. As a companion to Spirit Moves, two live download-only sets featuring post-Spirit Moves compositions are available via Greenleaf Music.

2011 brings the release of Brass Ecstasy’s performance at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival. The CD, titled UNITED FRONT: BRASS ECSTASY AT NEWPORT, was recorded by WBGO Jazz 88 and presented as part of NPR’s live concert series.

More new music from Brass Ecstasy is scheduled for release June 2011 marking the launch of the Greenleaf Portable Series.



Douglas and Grammy-winning arranger/conductor Jim McNeely share conducting and arranging duties. First proposed by McNeely who stood as the 2008/2009 artist-in-residence with the Frankfurt Radio Bigband, this project couples three new Douglas compositions from his first large-scale work for bigband, Delighted States, with four past works reimagined by McNeely. The recording of this collaboration, A SINGLE SKY, released October 22nd, 2009 on Greenleaf. New visions of classic and freshly minted Douglas compositions. The lyrical and surprising sounds of Charms of the Night Sky, Tiny Bell Trio, refracted through the prism of kaleidoscopic jazz orchestra writing. Douglas solos on trumpet and Jim McNeely makes a rare appearance at the piano.


Bringing the banjo into modern jazz, this drummer-less trio plays a book of new Douglas tunes that reflect Appalachian and American roots music. Noam Pikelny is the recent winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Banjo and Bluegrass, he’s also a groundbreaking pioneer in his own right and a member of the Punch Brothers. Chamber Music bringing in improvisation and memorable songwriting, which premiered at the 2010 I Sunoi delle Dolomiti in Trento, Italia.


Dave Douglas 3 is a brand new project first appearing in January 2008. The project presents new, drummer-less trio music composed by Dave. There are currently three versions of this project: Strings, Winds, and Keys. In Autumn 2008, Dave Douglas 3 toured Europe with the string group — Mark Feldman on violin, Scott Colley on contrabass and the composer on trumpet. Dave Douglas 3 have also appeared in festivals around the world in 2008 with the Winds group of Donny McCaslin on saxophone and Luis Bonilla on trombone. The Keys group has performed with Uri Caine on piano and Bryan Carrott on vibes.


A special double quartet coming together to perform this seminal 1966 work. Roy Campbell, trumpet, Mixashawn, sax, William Parker, bass, Hamid Drake, drums. Dave Douglas, trumpet, JD Allen, sax, Henry Grimes, bass, Andrew Cyrille, drums.


New arrangements for trumpet, sax/flute, trombone, tuba, electric keyboards, and drums. Well known and lesser known compositions by the American Master.


New Dave Douglas composition for 3 improvising soloists and 14 piece chamber orchestra.


Dave has been the artistic director since 2003, collaborating in performances and master classes with Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, George Lewis, Jason Moran, Mark Turner, Louis Sclavis, The Bad Plus and many others.


Dave is the founder and co-curator of the annual Festival of New Trumpet Music, an original music festival based in New York and dedicated to presenting the broadest possible spectrum of new music being made by and for trumpeters.



With Jim Black (drums) and Brad Shepik (guitar), this is the band that recorded:

Songs for Wandering Souls (1999)
Live in Europe (1998)
Constellations (1996)
Tiny Bell Trio (1994)


With Guy Klucevsek (accordion), Mark Feldman (violin), and Greg Cohen (bass), this is the band that recorded:

A Thousand Evenings (2000)
Charms of the Night Sky (1997)


A group dedicated to celebrating some of the great visionaries of jazz.

Features trumpet, reeds, trombone, piano, bass, drums.

Soul on Soul (for Mary Lou Williams) (2000)
Stargazer (for Wayne Shorter) (1997)
In Our Lifetime (for Booker Little) (1994)


Original tunes for trumpet, tenor sax, bass, and drums.

Leap of Faith (2000)
Magic Triangle (1996)


Also known as The String Group.

Originals and arrangements for trumpet, violin, cello, bass, and drums.

Convergence (1998)
Five (1996)
Parallel Worlds (1994)


The double quartet that recorded the two 60 minute suites comprising the piece Sanctuary.

2 trumpet, 2 samplers, 2 basses, tenor sax and drums.

Sanctuary (1997)


Four in One (2001)


El Trilogy(2000)