Dave Douglas Quintet; Monday, September 16, 2013
Dave Douglas Quintet
Monday, September 16
“… one of the most exciting and versatile musicians in jazz.” – Stereophile.com
Trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas is one of the most prolific musicians of the last two decades. Constantly on the move, he often initiates new projects simultaneously as he follows his explorations through diverse genres and cultures with starkly different extremes of expression. As a result, his compositions reflect the richness of those varied cultures, keeping his creativity fresh through collaborations with all kinds of performers in jazz, classical, folk, dance, film, and poetry, he avidly pushes the envelope in all types of ensembles, from small to large. Time Travel is the name of his latest CD.
Born in New York City, in 1963, Douglas (nee David Dewel) became interested in jazz during his high school years, while studying abroad. After graduation, he enrolled at the Berklee School of Music and the New England Conservatory in Boston. He transferred to New York University to complete his BA, and gained performing experience playing music in the streets for spare change. His first major gig was going out on tour with hard bop piano legend Horace Silver. Although he continued to freelance as a sideman, Douglas had his sights set on leading his own ensembles to feature his own music. As can be heard in his recordings, Douglas’ influences are more eclectic than most composers. His career has been defined by a whirlwind of music projects that utilize varied lineups of musicians and instrumentation from around the world, all of it imbued with a jazz sensibility.
And it can seem as if Douglas has worked with just about everyone in every genre, from the cutting-edge of the avant-garde to those in the zeitgeist of pop music. His distinctive trumpet work can be heard on recordings with John Zorn’s group, Masada; Don Byron; Sean Lennon; Uri Caine; Anthony Braxton, and Han Bennink. His own groups and projects fill a small book: Charms of the Night Sky; Tiny Bell Trio, Dave Douglas String Group; Dave Douglas Sextet; Sanctuary; and the Hindi-influenced Satya. Dave’s latest recording project , Time Travelers, was inspired by David Toomey’s science fiction novel The New Time Travelers. Douglas’ touring band consists of the same line-up featured on his brand new CD: Jon Irabagon – saxophone; Matt Mitchell – piano; Linda Oh – bass; and Rudy Royston – drums.
Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer in new music marketing and delivery methods for the jazz world and among artist-run labels. Check out the Greenleaf Music podcasts at: http://www.greenleafmusic.com .
2013 marks the 50th birthday year for Dave Douglas, “the unassuming king of independent jazz” (DownBeat), and on that note, Douglas is setting his sights on reaching all 50 U.S. states in person, with his horn. His 50 States project, or DD50, was born from a want to perform in unlikely and outdoors locations for people who might not otherwise have the same kind of access to live, improvised music as those in larger cities. His next outdoor, hike concert is a benefit for the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18th. More music, hike events in celebration of the trumpeter’s 50th birthday at: 50.davedouglas.com .
Dave Douglas Quintet
DATE: Monday, September 16, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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