Trumpeter Dave Douglas leads conversations with significant jazz artists on music, composition, improvisation, and concerts. Guests include Henry Threadgill, Miles Okazaki, and John Zorn, among others. Presented by Douglas’ record label Greenleaf Music.

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Episode 1
Henry Threadgill

A talk with Henry Threadgill about composition and touring; Interesting concert venues; and The Lagond School of Music is a nonprofit based in Elmsford, NY.

Episode 2
Matt Mitchell

Composer and pianist Matt Mitchell talks about his etudes, Ches Smith, his work with Tim Berne, and more. Dave gets nerdy about firewood, Michael gets nerdy about practicing scales.

Episode 3
Dezron Douglas

Dave & Michael talk with bassist Dezron Douglas about his music and the jazz scene in Hartford Connecticut. And Dave answers a letter from one of our listeners.

Episode 4
Miles Okazaki

American guitarist Miles Okazaki talks about how nature informs structure in his music, Dave talks about his Greenleaf Music record label, and the music of Herbie Nichols is spotlighted.

Episode 5
Jon Irabagon

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon talks his latest recording, winning the Monk Competition, and drawing equal inspiration from Wayne Shorter and Parker Posey.

Episode 6
Revenge of the Nerds

This episode sets aside the interview format as Dave delves into the music on “Time Travel” and Michael talks about spinning Shostakovich into his latest album “Acrobat.”

Episode 7
JD Allen

Episode 7 features JD Allen, a profound saxophonist and composer whose work touches on free jazz and improvisation with a deep sense of spirituality and grace.

Episode 8
Myra Melford

Myra Melford discusses her music including a new solo piano album, being inspired by nonmusical art forms, and collaborations in improvisational music and food.

Episode 9
Steve Byram

Artist Steve Bryam joins Dave and Michael for a talk about his process and his works including album art for Tim Berne’s Screwgun Records, the Beastie Boys, Slayer, and many more.

Episode 10
John O’Gallagher

Saxophonist and composer John O’Gallagher joins the ANFTD team to discuss his recent Anton Webern Project release, and a new book he authored on Twelve-Tone Improvisation: A Method For Using Tone Rows in Jazz.

Episode 11:
John McNeil

As the Festival of New Trumpet Music begins this week in NYC, the ANFTD team welcomes trumpeter/composer and Dave Douglas teacher John McNeil for a trumpet geekfest.

Episode 12:
Miguel Zenon

Miguel Zenon and Dave Douglas talk about Miguel’s music including his latest self-released album “Oye!!! Live In Puerto Rico,” as well as his recent travels. And co-host Michael Bates revisits Jackie Mclean.

Episode 13:
John Zorn (part 1)

Dave Douglas sits down with John Zorn for a conversation. Part 1 (of 2) covers Game Pieces, Band Leading, Composing, and hints at leadership strategies of Gen. George S. Patton.

Episode 14:
John Zorn (part 2)

John talks about finding the language of the alto saxophone, his approach to recent pieces that pair through-composed elements with improvisers, and the leadership strategies of Gen. George S. Patton.

Episode 15:
Greg Osby

Hosts Dave Douglas and Michael Bates continue the podcast with episode 15 in which they chat with saxophonist composer Greg Osby about generating creative ideas, finding new musicians, and more.

Episode 16:
Rudy Royston

In this episode Dave and Michael talk with drummer Rudy Royston about his new recording “303” on Greenleaf Music. They also talk about composing, playing in different groups and many other topics. Drummond appears for a call about metal and Periphery.

Episode 17:
Apurva Narechania

Invertabrate Zoologist, Apurva Narechania joins Dave and Michael to play science related music and talk about some really smart stuff: emergence properties, dinosaurs, DNA as mass storage, exoplanets and the possibility of life on other planets.

Episode 18:
Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser, a singular double bassist and composer, joins the ANFTD team to talk about his many projects: Telematics, his solo CD/DVD GUTS, playing with Anthony Braxton and Gerry Hemingway, and many other topics.

Episode 19:
Geoff Countryman 

A man of many extraordinary talents, Geoff Countryman joins Dave and Michael to play his music and talk about touring with Dave’s Keystone band, working at SNL, composing for his own groups and sundry projects, and the current state of the notation software, Sibelius.

Episode 20:
Steph Richards

Trumpeter and composer Steph Richards gets deep with the ANTD team and talks composition, improvisation, music w/ theatrical elements. There’s certainly some trumpet nerd out stuff too.

Episode 21:
Lenny Pickett

Saxophonist Lenny Pickett joins ANFTD to talk about his very extraordinary career in music.  He and Dave talk about how he developed his language on the saxophone and thoughts on composition, electronics, life on the road with Tower of Power and some behind the scenes stories at Saturday Night Live.

Episode 22:
Ingrid Laubrock

Ingrid’s latest CD on Intakt is “The Zürich Concert” with Ted Reichman (accordion), Ben Davis (cello), Tom Arthurs (trumpet), Liam Noble (piano), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor + soprano saxophones), Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums + xylophone).

Episode 23:
Mark Turner

Saxophonist, Composer, and ECM recording artist Mark Turner joins Dave Douglas, Michael Bates, and Levi, for a wide ranging discussion interspersed with musical examples of Mark’s solo work as well as pieces with the trio, Fly. Topics include Harold Land, James Clay, Horace Silver, Billy Hart, Paul Motian, and Kurt Rosenwinkle.

Episode 24:
Mary Halvorson

Intrepid award-winning and somewhat professional podcasters Dave Douglas and Michael Bates interview Mary Halvorson to see how she comes up with her astoundingly original music for various ensembles. Spoiler alert, Mary doesn’t have a plan. As usual, Jon Irabagon takes it on the chin. Michael quizzes Dave on a tune from Stargazer. Eric Dolphy makes a brief appearance.

Episode 25:
FONT 2014

Festival of New Trumpet Music 2014 September 17 to 28.

Dave Douglas talks with Brandon Peckman of WNYU about upcoming events in the trumpet festival. Meet Dave Douglas at any of the events found on above web site.

Episode 26: 
Kirk Knuffke

The ANFTD team often gets nerdy about music but here they go truly deep into the world of brass geekdom with cornetist/composer Kirk Knuffke.  Funny stories of Louis Armstrong, Bill Goodwin, Jim McNeely and Enrico Rava as Dave and Michael ask Kirk about his approach to playing and composing music.

Episode 27:
Joey Baron

This episode of ANFTD features legendary drummer Joey Baron and was recorded while on tour with Dave Douglas and Sound Prints. His long and varied career features performances and recordings with some of the most notable musicians of our time.

Episode 28:
Michael Bates

We’re back! ANFTD’s first episode of 2015!  Dave interviews Michael Bates about his new trio recording, Northern Spy.  They cover topics including playing very slow, the influence of the blues and Michael’s work with Quinsin Nachoff.  Dave reflects on 2014 and talks about George Clinton’s autobiography.

Episode 29:
Donny McCaslin

It’s always a big event when virtuoso saxophonist Donny McCaslin releases a new recording. His new, David Binney produced CD, Fast Future, is out on Greenleaf Music (release on 3/31! Pre-order here) and Donny joins co-hosts Dave Douglas and Michael Bates to talk details.

Episode 30:
The Care & Feeding of a Music Co.

Join us May 27, 2015 at Subculture in Manhattan for a special celebration. Donny McCaslin,Linda Oh, and Ryan Keberle groups perform Live! Get your tickets here! In our special 10 anniversary edition of ANFTD, Dave Douglas talks with Michael Bates about the history and the music of Greenleaf Music.

Episode 31:
I Suoni Delle Dolomiti, Mario Brunello, Cello4Ever, & Edmar Castaneda

Special Edition of the podcast features Dave’s journey to Trentino to play a sunrise concert with cello soloist Mario Brunello and the four cellists of Cello4Ever. Thanks to festival I Suoni Delle Dolomiti for producing and hosting these events!

Episode 33
Amir El Saffar

Amir El Saffar is playing with Two Rivers at Symphony Space on September 17. Other dates in the current tour can be found at

Episode 34:
Becca Stevens

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

Episode 35:
Jonathan Finlayson

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.

Episode 36:
Soweto Kinch

Award 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.

Episode 37:
Marietta Drummond

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.

Episode 38:
Laurie Frink

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

Episode 39:
Kris Davis

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.

Episode 40:
Roswell Rudd

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.

Episode 41:
Joe Lovano

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 Motion, and improvisation, and about the spiritual aspect and the spirits in his music. Great thoughts from a great musician.

Episode 42:
James Brandon Lewis

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

Episode 43:
Dave Douglas on WKCR (1/3)

On May 24, 2017 Dave was invited as a guest on the WKCR Musician Show with host Matt Landes. It was a three hour broadcast, which A Noise From The Deep is splitting into three episodes of approximately one hour each. Episode 1 of 3.

Episode 44:
Dave Douglas on WKCR (2/3)

On May 24, 2017 Dave was invited as a guest on the WKCR Musician Show with host Matt Landes. It was a three hour broadcast, which A Noise From The Deep is splitting into three episodes of approximately one hour each. Episode 2 of 3.

Episode 45:
Dave Douglas on WKCR (3/3)

On May 24, 2017 Dave was invited as a guest on the WKCR Musician Show with host Matt Landes. It was a three hour broadcast, which A Noise From The Deep is splitting into three episodes of approximately one hour each. Episode 3 of 3.

Episode 46: Carla Bley and Steve Swallow

Dave travels north to visit Carla Bley and Steve Swallow in their home, where countless gigantic recordings were made. Carla is joining Riverside this season for new music and actual tour dates. Check your local listings. Topics discussed include: Hiring weirdos for the band, Jail time for Steve, Mutinous bandmates, Finding your own sound by actually working on it every day of your life, The Beauty of broken pump organs, And The Sullen good looks of a certain Mr. Andy Sheppard (why Carla added Andy to the Duo). Musical excerpts span their 50 year history together.

Episode 47: Charles Tolliver, Keyon Harrold, Meghan Stabile

Panel discussion led by Dave Douglas with Charles Tolliver (FONT Award Winner), Keyon Harrold (The Mugician), and Meghan Stabile (Revive Music). Held during the 15th Festival of New Trumpet Music. Topics include Charles’s founding and maintaining of the record label Strata East in the early 1970s, his interactions with Blue Note, as well as new paths in self determination for creative artists then and now. Keyon and Meghan speak powerfully on redefining current music and empowering oneself to take ownership of its presentation. Thanks FONT Music for sponsoring this event. See a photo of Charles’s award at the website.

Episode 48: Ingrid Jensen

The great trumpeter and composer Ingrid Jensen joined Dave Douglas for an afternoon chat.

Episode 49: Evan Parker

A Noise From The Deep, the Greenleaf Music Podcast, is proud to present this conversation with Evan Parker, one of the most important saxophonists, composers, and musical thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Evan talks about his early musical experiences in, and out of, botany school, as well as his development of solo performance and his compositions for large ensembles of improvisers.