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Dave Douglas LITTLE GIANT STILL LIFE with The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Twelve brand new Dave Douglas compositions and arrangements for five brass players and drums.
A broad range of vibrations and strategies

Inspired By Politically Engaged Visual Artist Stuart Davis,
Music Written During 2016 Presidential Campaign Season


Little Giant Still Life is an exciting new meeting between the acclaimed emerging talents of The Westerlies–known for their work with Fleet Foxes, their repertoire of original compositions, and interpretations of the music of Wayne Horvitz –and the young Philadelphia-based drummer Anwar Marshall (Fresh Cut Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel), all under the compositional vision of Dave Douglas. The music contained herein is grooving, swinging, lyrical, and something distinct in Douglas’ over 50 recordings as a leader of original music, and as director of Greenleaf Music.

Much of the music on Little Giant Still Life was inspired by the American painter Stuart Davis, and the music explodes with the same bright colors and excitement that characterize much of Davis’s works. Elaborating on the influence, Douglas quips: “I like the explosive nature of Davis’ work — bright colors, big shapes, images bouncing off each other. Also, the fact that jazz inspired so much of his own work was meaningful for me. Swing Landscape is a good example of Davis refracting what he is hearing in the music for visual use. It’s only natural for musicians to see the work and refract right back!”

While Davis’ mark is heavily felt throughout the album, Douglas’ fledgling relationship with his collaborators are of equal weight. Douglas met The Westerlies – trumpeters Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trombonists Willem de Koch and Andy Clausen – at a Chamber Music America event a few years ago. The five of them first played together when The Westerlies opened for Douglas’ quintet at Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival. The band sat in on the tune “Barbara Allen” and realized that a more serious collaboration was bound to happen. Mulherkar reflects: “Dave started writing tune after tune for us and him to play together, and when we finally got together again everything came together pretty quickly.”

With the addition of Marshall, the ensemble was complete. Douglas notes, “The Westerlies are dream players for a composer. They really get inside the music and internalize it. They are also great ensemble improvisers — that is, their tendency is to solo all together, rather than one by one. I love that about them. Anwar has a deep groove and real feel for the big landscape of the music; he understands peaks and valleys, and plays with superb empathy. It has made him the perfect player for this project.”


Dave Douglas is back with another High Risk collaboration!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Record Store Day Exclusive Vinyl Release April 16th,
Simultaneous with Digital Release By Greenleaf Music (Bandcamp only)

In Wide Digital & CD Release via iTunes/Amazon/Brick & Mortar, July 8th

With the 2015 release of High Risk, Dave Douglas, Shigeto, Mark Guiliana and Jonathan Maron proved they could produce an album where avant-jazz and electronic music met in a spacey atmospheric middle ground, delivering something new in the world of genre. Melding traditional instrumentation and modern electronic music production challenges the ideals of both the traditional term “jazz” as well as the modern term “electronic music.” Pitchfork described it as, “Simultaneously chill and surprising, it’s the sound of a group discovering a valid language, and then proceeding to push the limits of that new aesthetic.”

We now have a second installment to look forward to. All Music declared High Risk, “A hallucinatory and surprisingly organic collaboration.” The quartet, created by veteran trumpeter, composer and bandleader Dave Douglas, will be released on Douglas’ imprint, Greenleaf Music, exclusively on vinyl as a Record Store Day 2016 Exclusive.

Tracked in the same set of sessions as High Risk, Dark Territory was recorded once again by Geoff Countryman at The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY in October 2014, with mixing by Steve Wall, mastering by Mark Wilder and production by Dave Douglas.

“The biggest element in this meeting of the worlds [is] an openness and willingness to put everything at risk,” says Douglas. “I wanted to create a situation where we really were at risk, we were on a high wire, where the exigencies of being in the moment and creating with your wits – from one second to the next – was what it was about.”

Douglas continues, “Dark Territory follows up on this area of risk, going into new, as yet unexplored musical spaces. The title was suggested by the writer Fred Kaplan, whose new book Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, talks about the similarly mysterious, murky waters of underground activity. In a way, we’re playing through a similar territory without rules where the dangers and challenges of technology are much greater than normal. I love that Zach, Jon, and Mark are so willing to go that place!” (more…)

Fully Altered’s Forthcoming 2015 Summer and Fall Release Schedule

Friday, July 24th, 2015

We are excited to share our schedule for the Summer/Fall of 2015. You may click the album covers to visit the artist websites or find more information. You can also visit our website for photos, links, album covers and the like.

Stream tracks from the following records on our Soundcloud!

Late Summer Releases
August 2015

jpegLouie Belogenis’ Blue Buddha – Blue Buddha (Tzadik) – Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today–Dave Douglas,Bill Laswell and Tyshawn Sorey –this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual. Out August 21. 

jpeg-1Painting – Gravity EP (Self-Released) – A production duo of keyboardist Emanuel Ruffler who has worked with Brazilian Girls, Meshell N’degeocello and others on the groove/Nublu scene and jazz drummer cum hip-hop emcee Kassa Overall made a very cool record that sounds like a live DJ mix but is completely made acoustically. Out August 28. 

jpeg-2Waiting For The Angel – Music with Words By David Hajdu (Miranda Music) – After years of writing about songs in acclaimed books and essays, David Hajdu has taken up writing them. Over the past five years, Hajdu has been working with several esteemed composers of jazz, pop and theater music: the pianists Fred Hersch & Renee Rosnes, the alternative-folk singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, and the veteran Broadway composer Michael (Mickey) Leonard. The result is Waiting for the Angel, a collection of quirkily artful songs that defy easy categorization. Out August 28th. 

Fall Releases:
September 2015

jpeg-4Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things – A New Kind of Dance (482 Music) – The formidable Chicago drummer and composer Mike Reed has been a catalyst and architect for new music in Chicago since the early 2000s. Still freshly anointed as chairperson for the Chicago Jazz Festival and founder of the performing arts venue Constellation, Reed takes time to offer the sixth release by his long running quartet, People Places & Things. By combining Reed’s penchant for playful melodies and a love of deep swing, People Places & Things steps forward, while firmly rooted in Chicago’s jazz lineage.  Additionally, guest pianist Matthew Shipp and guest trumpeter Marquis Hill offer plenty of space to keep the quartet (Greg Ward, alto sax; Tim Haldeman, tenor sax; Jason Roebke, bass) on their toes. Out September 25th.

October 2015

jpeg-5Miho Hazama & m_unit (Sunnyside) – Oct 2 – Originally from Japan, New York-based jazz composer Miho Hazama is a brilliant, award-winning bandleader, who just five years ago arrived in New York City and has since begun to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with. With her second Sunnyside Records release, she further makes her case as an important emerging voice in the large ensemble arena. Her jazz chamber orchestra “m_unit” draws on myriad musical sources, arriving at a highly distinctive and original sound. Out October 2nd.

jpeg-6Dave Douglas Quintet Brazen Heart (Greenleaf) – Dave’s longstanding quintet, one of the best bands working in jazz today, featuring Jon Irabagon (saxophones), Matt Mitchell (piano), Linda Oh (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums). Brazen Heart is a heart-felt remembrance of Douglas’ brother, featuring a batch of great new original compositions, as well as two spirituals, “Deep River” and “There Is A Balm In Gilead”. This new material grew out of the band’s extensive travels around the United State and Europe in Douglas’ 50th birthday year. Out October 2nd.

jpeg-7Erik Friedlander Oscalypso(Skipstone) – Erik Friedlander has long been recognized as a pioneer of the cello in jazz, improvised and chamber musics. For his latest project, Oscalypso, Friedlander pays tribute to the work of his idol and jazz-cello pioneer Oscar Pettiford, with his all-star band of saxophonist Michael Blake, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Michael SarinOut October 9th.






Paul HemmingsBlues and the Abstract Uke (Leading Tone Records)
A former guitarist, Paul Hemmings has mastered the uncommon and highly compelling art of jazz ukulele. On The Blues and the Abstract Uke, Hemmings reveals a richness of harmony, a bell-like tone and a deep, unforced sense of swing that many will not expect from the small four-stringed instrument. In Hemmings’ hands, and with the unfaltering musical support of bassist Gaku Takanashi and drummer Rudy Royston, and guests Greg Tardy and Curtis Fowlkes the ukulele bursts forth in the mix, full of warmth, expression and technical depth. Out October 9th.

jpeg-8Mike Sopko Sopko, Laswell, Pridgen(Self-Released) – Guitarist Mike Sopko, a fixture in the Bay Area who’s just returned to his native Cleveland presents a ferocious studio document which captures his rapport with drummer Thomas Pridgen (formerly of The Mars Volta) and bassist Bill Laswell, a musical hero to many including Sopko himself. Balancing free improvisation, collective composition and inventive post-production, the trio encounter proves to be as uninhibited and rhythmically charged as it is focused and refined. Out October 16th.

jpeg-9Bill MacKay’s Darts And ArrowsAltamira (ears&eyes records) – Chicago-based guitarist Bill MacKay helms the group Darts & Arrows, one of the most promising bands on Chicago’s experimental rock and new music scene. The quartet consists of Bill MacKay on guitar, Quin Kirchner on drums, Kyle Hernandez on bass, and Ben Boye on keys. Darts & Arrows’ album guests some of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians: alto-saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, AACM violist Renee Baker and drummer Frank Rosaly. Altamira is the quartet’s most fully realized effort, retaining the edgy vitality of their improvised work while painting beautifully textured sonic pictures on a series of through-composed pieces. Out October 16th.

jpeg-10Jacob GarchikYe Olde (Self-Released) – Trombonist Jacob Garchik embarks upon a bold conceptual adventure through a Brooklyn that never was, replete with imagined castles and gargoyles coming alive. He envisions his sidemen as a band of heroes, navigating this fictional universe he’s created. Ye Olde features guitarists Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, andJonathan Goldberger along with drummerVinnie Sperrazza and the leader on trombone. Out October 23rd.

jpeg-11Scott JeppesenWonders (Self-Released)- In musical explorations of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, saxophonist and composer Scott Jeppesenreleases Wonders, an adventurous set of original works conjuring imagery of grandeur. No less grand is the supporting cast featuring guitarist Larry Koonse, pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Dave Robaire, drummerDan Schnelle, and saxophonist/producerBob Sheppard. Out October 23rd.

jpeg-12Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed TrioArtifacts (482 Music) – After 15 years of music collaborations in a variety of ensemble contexts, the all-star trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reedhave come together to celebrate their long-term relationship and their common cultural and aesthetic threads. All are members of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and served on the organization’s executive board from 2009 to 2011 (holding the positions of Chairperson, Treasurer and Vice Chairperson, respectively). It’s more than appropriate that the trio would also celebrate some of the music composed by AACM members over the past 50 years: Its forthcoming record dips into the fathomless well of the AACM’s musical history, and furthers the organization’s motto of “Ancient to the Future.”Out October 30th.

November 2015

jpeg-3Robin Eubanks’ Mass Line Big Band(ArtistShare)- Trombonist Robin Eubanks, known for his longstanding place in the bands of Dave Holland and more recently the SF Jazz Collective, takes the leap into big band writing and arranging. In 2013, Eubanks received research status from the Oberlin College Conservatory, where he has taught for 17 years, allowing him to work toward adapting his past compositions for these groups plus new and old originals for a full big band. The band features the late legend Lew Soloff on trumpet, plus Duane Eubanks and Alex Sipiagin, altoist Antonio Hart(also an alumnus of Holland and SF Jazz), trombonists Jason Jackson and Douglas Purviance, drummer Nate Smith, bassist Boris Kozlov and newcomer Glenn Zaleski on piano. Out November 6th.

jpeg-4Adegoke Steve Colson – Tones For (Silver Sphinx Records)
Veteran AACM pianist Adegoke Steve Colson releases his first solo piano record (2 CDs) of his 40 year career, which began in Chicago at Northwestern University as a classical pianist and has continued for the last three decades in the New York area as an guest lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University. Over the last 30+ years, he has collaborated extensively with his wife, Iqua Colson, saxophonist David Murray, drummer Andrew Cyrille, the late poet Amiri Baraka and countless others. One of the second wave of AACM musicians, his original Colson Unity Troupe included bassist Reggie Willis, percussionist Dushun Mosley, multireedist Wallace McMillan and wife Iqua on vocals. Out November 19th.

Already Released Summer Albums

jpeg-5Chris Dingman – The Subliminal And The Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative)  w/ Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Loren Stillman (alto saxophone), Fabian Almazan (piano), Ryan Ferreira (guitar), Linda Oh, Justin Brown (drums) – Following up on his acclaimed debut Waking Dreams, imaginative vibraphonist Chris Dingman releases his new suite, The Subliminal And The Sublime, inspired by transcendental experiences that Dingman had in the American West. This will be the first release on his new imprint, Inner Arts Initiative.
Out June 16th.

jpeg-6Zubatto Syndicate 2Batto! (self-released) – Futuristic big band Zubatto Syndicate led by Seattle-based guitarist and composer Andrew Boscardin returns to the studio to record its second album, fusing together jazz, rock, hip-hop and more, with covers of Beyonce & Metallica. Out June 9 2015 

jpeg-7Dave Douglas & High Risk (Greenleaf Music) – featuring Dave Douglas (trumpet), Shigeto (electronics),Jonathan Maron (bass), Mark Guiliana(drums) – Extending his experimentation with electronics from the mid-aughts, trumpeter and conceptualist Dave Douglas releases High Risk,which pairs his precocious talents alongside those of an equally virtuosic talent, electronic musician Shigeto. The quartet is rounded out by two other expansive musical minds: drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Jonathan Maron. Out June 23, 2015 

jpeg-8John Hollenbeck & Frankfurt Radio Bigband Songs We Like A Lot(Sunnyside Records) – featuring Theo Bleckmann & Kate McGarry (vocals); Uri Caine (piano/keyboards), John Hollenbeck (mallet percussion). Following up on his record Songs I Like A Lot, Hollenbeck releases his second record with The Frankfurt Radio Bigband, Songs We Like A Lot: a series of covers of Cyndi Lauper, Daft Punk, Burt Bacharach & More. June 23rd, 2015 

jpeg-9The Xanadu Master Edition Series (Elemental Music)- Elemental Music is set to re-issue 25 classic records all produced by the legendary producer Don Schlliten. The first six of these albums, which will be released on June 30th, are by Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Al Cohn, Sam Most, Xanadu All-Stars, and Albert Heath. June 30th, 2015 (The series continues October 30 with new reissues by Joe Farrell, Kenny Barron, Dolo Coker, Teddy Edwards, Ronnie Cuber, Dexter Gordon & Al Cohn, Kenny Drew, Charles McPherson & More).

Our First Jazz Fiction Project!

Doubleday is proud to present THE JAZZ PALACE from critically acclaimed novelist Mary Morris. Written over two decades, Morris has crafted a true tour-de-force, the most important novel of her career.

jpeg-10It’s a tale of family, race, gangsters, disaster, love, betrayal, and, of course, jazz. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans, who run a small hat factory, lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas, who run a saloon, lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. His true passion is piano – especially jazz.

At night he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play. One of them, the trumpeter, a black man named Napoleon, becomes Benny’s close friend and musical collaborator, and their adventures together take Benny far from the life he knew as a delivery boy. Pearl Chimbrova recognizes their talent and invites them to start playing at her family’s saloon – dubbed The Jazz Palace. But Napoleon’s main gig is at a mob establishment, which doesn’t take too kindly to freelancing. And as the roaring ’20s come to a close and the bubble of prosperity collapses, Benny, Napoleon, and Pearl must all make hard choices between financial survival and the music they love.

August and September Gig Calendar

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

July Shows Chronologically: (Band – Venue – Location)

July 30

Julian Lage – Music Hall of Williamsburg // Opening for Blake Mills – Brooklyn, NY – 9 PM show; Julian Lage – solo guitar


August Shows Chronologically: (Band – Venue – Location)

Aug. 3

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – New York, NY – 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM; Mike Rodriguez – trumpet; Camila Meza – vocals; Jorge Roeder – bass; Eric Doob – drums

Aug. 4

Franklin Kiermyer Quartet – Korzo – Brooklyn, NY – 9:00 PM; Franklin Kiermyer – drums; Lawrence Clark – tenor sax, Davis Whitfield – piano, Nimrod Speaks – bass

Aug. 7-9

Ches Smith We All Break Residency – IBeam – Brooklyn, NY – 8:30 PM; Ches Smith – drums, percussion; Matt Mitchell – piano; Daniel Brevil & Markus Schwartz, Traditional Haitian percussion

Aug. 10

Musette Explosion The Chautauqua Institute – Chautauqua, NY; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Aug. 11

Musette Explosion – The Bop Shop – Rochester, NY; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Ches Smith We All Break Residency – Korzo – Brooklyn, NY – 10:30 PM; Ches Smith – drums, percussion; Matt Mitchell – piano; Daniel Brevil & Markus Schwartz, Traditional Haitian percussion

Aug. 13

Painting Shapeshifter Lab – New York, NY – Set at 8:15 PM – Gravity EP pre-release Show; Emanuel Ruffler – piano; Kassa Overall – drums/electronics

Aug. 14-15

Paul Hemmings – Gold Pan Ukulele Festival – Auburn, CA

Aug. 23

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret – Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Tompkins Square Park – Sometime between 3:00–7:00 PM – New York, NY w/ Ron Miles – trumpet; Liberty Ellman – guitar; Stomu Takeishi – acoustic bass guitar; Tyshawn Sorey – drums

Aug. 27

Musette Explosion – The Towers –  Narragansett, RI; Will Holshouser – accordion; Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo; Marcus Rojas – tuba


Aug. 28

Chris Dingman Subliminal Trio –  Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY; Chris Dingman – vibraphone; Fabian Almazan – piano/electronics; Ryan Ferreira – guitar

Aug. 30

Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band – Birdland – New York, NY – feat. Antonio Hart, Alex Cummings, Marcus Strickland, Bobby LaVell, Lauren Sevian – saxophones; Alex Sipiagin, Duane Eubanks, Aaron Janik – trumpets; Jason Jackson, James Burton, Jennifer Wharton, Douglas Purviance, Robin Eubanks – trombones; Glenn Zaleski – piano; Mike King – organ; Boris Kozlov, double bass/electric bass; Nate Smith, drums; David Silliman, percussion


September Shows Chronologically:

Sept. 2

David Hajdu – Rockwood Stage 2 – New York, NY;  Jo Lawry, Karen Oberlin, Michael Winther – rotating vocals; Fred Hersch, Renee Rosnes, Tedd Firth, David Hajdu – rotating pianists;  Sean Smith, drums; Carl Allen – drums; Steve Wilson, saxophones

Lucia & Hank Roberts – Living Room Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NYC; Lucia Roberts – guitar/vocals, Hank Roberts – cello

Sept. 4

John Hollenbeck Chicago Jazz Fest, Arrangement for Billy Strayhorn Centennial – Chicago, IL

Sept. 5

John Hollenbeck – Chicago Jazz Fest, Claudia Quintet +1 with Theo Bleckmann and Very Special Guest – Chicago, IL

Sept. 8

David Ullmann Sextet – Cornelia Street Cafe – New York, NY – 9:00 PM; w/ David Ullmann – guitar; Karel Ruzicka – saxophones; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Gary Wang, double bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

Sept. 12

Musette Explosion Int’l Accordion Festival – San Antonio, TX; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 13

Erik Friedlander & Mike Nicholas – The Stone / John Zorn’s Bagatelles – 3:00 PM; Erik Friedlander, Mike Nicholas – cellos

Sept. 18

Vijay Iyer – North Shore Center for The Performing Arts – Skokie, IL; Vijay Iyer – piano; Stephan Crump – double bass, Marcus Gilmore – drums

Musette Explosion Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA; Will Holshouser – accordion; Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo; Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 19

Musette Explosion – Red Poppy Art House – San Francisco, CA; Will Holshouser – accordion; Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo; Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 20

Musette Explosion – Arcata Playhouse – Arcata, CA; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 23

Musette Explosion – Siskiyou Music Project – Ashland, OR; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Sept. 24

Musette Explosion Djangofest Northwest – Whidbey Island Bay, WA; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Festival of New Trumpet Music Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 – NYC; Stephanie Richards and CJ Camereri – curators

Sept. 25

Musette Explosion – The Old Church – Portland, OR; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Festival of New Trumpet MusicThe Dimenna Center for Classical Music – New York, NY; Dave Douglas- Curator, Thomas Bergeron Ensemble plays Messiaen featuring Becca Stevens

Sept. 26

Musette Explosion – Kay Meek Center – Vancouver, BC; Will Holshouser – accordion, Matt Munisteri – guitar/banjo, Marcus Rojas – tuba

Festival of New Trumpet Music The Jazz Gallery – New York, NY – 8:30 PM – Marquis Hill – Curator; Phillip Dizack, Keyon Harrold, Billy Buss, Josh Evans, Ingrid Jensen – Trumpet; Theo Hill – piano, Eric Wheeler – bass, Obed Calvaire – drums, Kendall Moore – Commissioned Composer

Sept. 27

Festival of New Trumpet Music Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Brooklyn, NY – 12:00 PM – Blast of Brass – children from all over NYC

Festival of New Trumpet MusicDowntown Music Gallery – New York, NY Aaron Shragge – Curator; Solo Trumpet Sets: Chad McCullough (7:00 PM), John Blevins (8:00 PM), Leo Hardman-Hill (9:00 PM)

Festival of New Trumpet Music – The Blue Note / Brunch – New York, NY;  The Jonathan Powell Latin Jazz Sextet
2 sets @ 11:30AM and 1:30 PM;
 Benje Daneman – Curator; Jonathan Powell – trumpet & flugelhorn; Louis Fouché – alto sax; Manuel Valera – piano and keys; Ricky Rodriguez – bass; Henry Cole – drums; TBA – percussion

Sept. 28

Festival of New Trumpet Music The New School: Jazz Performance Space, 4th Floor – New York, NYMaster Class at New School with Eddie Henderson

Festival of New Trumpet Music – Downtown Music Gallery  – New York, NYNate Wooley – Curator, Solo Trumpet Sets: Jaimie Branch (7:00 PM), Joe Moffett (8:00 PM), Brandon Lewis (9:00 PM), trumpets

Sept. 29

Festival of New Trumpet Music The New School: Hirshorn Suite, 2nd Floor – New York, NYEddie Henderson Panel

Festival of New Trumpet Music The New School: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 2nd Floor – New York, NYEddie Henderson Concert

2015 Fully Altered Media APAP & Winter Jazz Fest Showcase Information

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

2015 Fully Altered Client APAP Showcases


Fully Altered Media Client Showcase, Winter JazzFest

Friday, Jan 9th: Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures at SubCulture – 45 Bleccker St, 7:15 PM –
Linda Oh – Bass, Ben Wendel – saxophone, Matt Stevens – guitar, Rudy Royston – drumsFriday, Jan 9th: DaveDouglas Quintet at Judson Church

 – 55 Washington Sq Park South, 9:15 PM – Dave Douglas- trumpet, Troy Roberts – tenor saxophone, Matt Mitchell – piano, Linda Oh – bass, Rudy Royston – drums

Friday, Jan 9th: Kris Davis’ Infrasound at SubCulture – 45 Bleecker St, 11:00 PM – Kris Davis – Piano, Gary Vercase – organ, Nate Radley – guitar, Ches Smith – drums, Andrew Bishop, Ben Goldberg, Joachim Badenhorst and Oscar Noriega – bass clarinets

Friday, Jan 9: Anthony Pirog Trio at Carroll Place – 157 Bleecker St, 12:45 AM
(w/ Michael Formanek- Bass, Ches Smith – Drums)

Saturday, Jan 10th: The Cellar & Point at The Player’s Theater – 115 MacDougal St, 1:15 AM-
(w/ Joe Bergen – vibraphone, Christopher Otto -violin, Kevin McFarland – cello, Terrence McManus – electric guitar, Christopher Botta – acoustic guitar and banjo, Greg Chudzik – bass, Joseph Branciforte – drums
(Also performing , 1/10 at 1 PM, Apple Store, SoHo as part of iTunes Live:
103 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012)

Saturday, Jan 10th: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis at SubCulture – 45 Bleecker St, 6:00 PM-
Ryan Keberle – trombone, Mike Rodriguez – trumpet, Jorge Roeder – bass, Kenny Wolleson – drums, Camila Meza – voice

Saturday, Jan 10th: Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret at Zinc Bar – 82 W 3rd St, 6:30 PM-
Myra Melford – piano, Liberty Ellman – guitar, Stomu Takeishi – bass, Tyshawn Sorey – drums, Ben Goldberg – bass clarinet

Saturday, Jan 10th: Theo Bleckmann at Judson Church – 55 Washington Sq Park South, 6:45 PM
Theo Bleckmann – voice, composition, Gary Vercase – piano, Chris Tordini – bass, John Hollenbeck- drums, percussion, w/ special guest Ambrose Akinmusire

Also Appearing at WJF:
Aaron Parks’ Little/Big (Friday, 1/9, 1:30 AM at SubCulture)
Uri Caine/Han Bennink (Friday, 1/9, 12:15 AM at SubCulture)
John Raymond Roots Trio (Saturday, 1/9, 1:30 AM at SubCulture)

Also note:
Thursday Jan. 8, 6-10 PM
Ben Wendel Quartet, Jamie Baum & Short Stories, Michael Blake’s Tiddy Boom, Joel Harrison 4
46 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-4770 $10, free with APAP badge Or JazzConnect Registration

Jan 15-18, 2015 – Jazz Standard
Aaron Goldberg Trio at Jazz Standard – CD Release for “The Now” (Sunnyside Records)
(w/ Eric Harland – drums, Reuben Rogers- bass) – 116 E 27th St. New York, NY 10016

Dave Douglas & Uri Caine Release “Present Joys” July 16th on Greenleaf Music

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Longtime Collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine,
Record First Duo Album, Present Joys,
A Special Collection of Songs, Hymns & Improvisations
Inspired by The Sacred Harp & The Shape Note Tradition


The tradition of shape-note singing has been passed down for centuries in tunebooks like The Sacred Harp and Ye Olde New England Psalm-Tunes, allowing groups of untrained and unrehearsed singers to participate in gorgeous four-part harmonies. A uniquely American art form that’s deceptively simple, emotionally moving, and profoundly communal; it’s no wonder these songs were so attractive as the source for a duo project by longtime friends and collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine(more…)

Winter & Spring 2014 – Fully Altered Release Schedule

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Winter & Spring 2014 Fully Altered Release Schedule

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Edward Simon & Ensemble Venezuela
Venezuelan Suite (Sunnyside)
Out January 21, 2014

Edward Simon‘s Venezuelan Suite (Sunnyside) represents the pianist and composer’s first full-fledged foray combining his love for jazz composition, contemporary classical composition and rhythms and textures of his native Venezuela. Known for years as a journeyman pianist for the likes of Bobby Watson’s Horizon, Terence Blanchard, Herbie Mann, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Hutcherson, Paquito D’Rivera and as a member of theSF Jazz Collective and Ninety Miles Band. Simon’s Ensemble Venezuela is a chamber music group; a mixture of Venezuelan players such as cuatro player Jorge Glem, bassist Roberto Koch, flutist Marco Granados and New York jazz musicians such as saxophonist Mark Turner and bass clarinetist John Ellis, harpist Edmar Castañeda, as well as drummer Adam Cruz.

Center Song Cover

Steve Treseler Group feat. Ingrid Jensen
Center Song (self-released)
Out January 21, 2014

The Steve Treseler Group featuring Ingrid Jensen releases Center Song today. Steve is a Seattle-based saxophonist and educator who recently self-published a book on jazz improvisation and harmony entitled, The Living Jazz Tradition (which has been used in jazz improvisation classes at Berklee College of Music, The University of Idaho, and Central Washington University) and is a regular at Seattle’s Royal Room, where he debuted this music live at the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival.  Steve just began a masters program at University of Washington, where he is graduate student assistant to trumpeter-composer Cuong Vu, head of Jazz Studies. Steve is currently studying with Vu, guitarist Bill Frisell and Visiting Artist Ted Poor, among others.

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Doug Wieselman
From Water (88 Records)
Out January 21, 2014

Doug Wieselman is a New York institution, though perhaps a soft-spoken and too often behind-the-scenes one. Active in the New York music scene since 1987, Wieselman has seamlessly infiltrated the singer-songwriter, rock, jazz, experimental, theater and even television music worlds forging long-term relationships with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Antony & The Johnsons, Jolie Holland, Cibo Matto, Marianne Faithfull, Hal Willner, Marc Ribot, Guy Klucevsek, Anthony Coleman and playwrights Robert Wilson and Athol Fugard, among countless others. Wieselman co-wrote all the music to Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans (TM) with former Lounge Lizard Evan Lurie. From Water is a solo clarinet record with electronic loops showcasing the sounds Wieselman has heard or been inspired by, when listening to bodies of water. Following two NYC solo shows, he will tour the West Coast in March.


Nils Wogram & Root 70
Riomar (NWOG)
Out January 28, 2014

There aren’t all too many bands today in jazz that have worked consistently over many years. Root 70 is, however, such a group. From album to album, one can follow how trombonist Nils Wogram, saxophonist Hayden Chisholm, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jochen Rückert have not only founded a dynamic group identity and diligently merged into a unit over many years. One can also hear how these musicians have set new focal points in their work together, again and again, far beyond the sum of their individual parts. On Riomar, they transcend the quartet context for the first time and expand their structure by three string instruments.

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Pete Robbins
Pyramid (Hate Laugh Music)
Out January 28, 2014

With Pyramid, saxophonist Pete Robbins explores a different sort of standard – classic rock and pop tracks that were formative for him as a youth: Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine,” Nirvana’s “Lithium,” Stevie Wonder’s “Too High,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by way of Jeff Buckley, even Glenn Campbell’s Jimmy Webb-penned hit “Wichita Lineman.” The Brooklyn-based Robbins turns these tunes inside out with a quartet featuring some of New York’s most abundantly talented musicians: pianist Vijay Iyer, double-bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Robbins and company not only re-invent classic songs in an utterly individual and jazz-wise way; they dig into a batch of the saxophonist’s originals, playing with the pithy, catchy spirit of the covers in mind. Pyramid is the saxophonist’s seventh album as a leader.


Zara McFarlane
If You Knew Her 
(Brownswood Recordings)
Out Feb. 11, 2014

It’s a tough task for music critics to write about a singer that genuinely knocks their socks off.  Zara McFarlane is the London based singer, who, in 2011 released Until Tomorrow, a debut album that had many critics in a spin.  Praise came thick and fast. They spoke of a voice of sparkling clarity, a voice that was warm and powerful, and of a singer who sang with equal parts childlike innocence and womanly assertiveness.  But perhaps what critics missed amongst the hail of praise, is something altogether different – the arrival of an original songwriter and performer of true stature. For McFarlane, it’s about her point of difference.  What sets her apart isn’t her voice, distinctive as it is, but what she has to say as, and how she says it.


Ben Flocks
Battle Mountain (self-released)
Out February 11, 2014

Melody-driven, distinctively reflective, and one of the most eclectic jazz outings of the new year, Battle Mountain stands as New York-based saxophonist Ben Flocks’ auspicious debut. In a quintet setting, Flocks traverses over a wide musical terrain with an 11-song collection of lyrical and deep-grooved originals, time-honored standards rendered in fresh arrangements, a twist on the Bob Dylan “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” pop gem, a re-imagined, romantic version of the Buena Vista Social Club tune “Murmullo,” and sublime and true-to-the-melody renderings of two tunes from the country/folk repertoire: “Shenandoah” and “Tennessee Waltz.” Firmly grounded in the jazz tradition, Flocks also infuses his music with touches of Americana, country and blues. As such, Battle Mountain—which he says is “dedicated to the wonder and mystery of California”—promises surprises around every bend.

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Vijay Iyer
Mutations (ECM)
Out March 4, 2014

Mutations is Vijay Iyer’s first album as a leader for ECM Records, and a recording that will widen perceptions of the pianist-composer’s work. Through thematic interactivity, the interweaving of acoustic and electronic sound-textures, and some decisive improvisational interventions in notated music, Vijay Iyer has created a multi-faceted suite whose very subject is change.


Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar Multiplicity
Leave The Door Open (Whirlwind)
Out March 11, 2014

Leave the Door Open is the debut album from Multiplicity, a multi-cultural, genre-defying collaboration between Guggenheim Fellow and world-renowned American guitarist Joel Harrison and North Indian-native, virtuoso classical sarodist and composer Anupam Shobhakar. The album beams with an amalgamation of styles influenced from the worlds of Indian Classical, jazz, blues and roots music, featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest contemporary creative musicians in the world: Gary Versace (piano, B-3 organ, accordion), Dan Weiss (drums and tables), Hans Glawischnig (acoustic & electric bass), as well as special guests David Binney (alto saxophone), Todd Isler (percussion), Bonnie Chakraborty and Chandrashekar Vase (vocals).

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Eric Revis
In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed Records)
Out March 25, 2014

For bassist Eric Revis, differentiations between what is considered “mainstream” and “avant-garde” in jazz means next to nothing. With his new and astonishing CD, In Memory of Things Yet Seen, Revis puts into practice his own wider vision of jazz. The title “In Memory of Things Yet Seen” suggests from the start that the tradition and the invention of the future aren’t mutually exclusive. Joining Revis, in his third release on Clean Feed Records, are like-minded musicians who keep looking back to see more clearly what is in front of them. Namely Darius Jones, the alto sax player who understood that hip-hop, funk, soul and rock are parts of the same tree in which jazz blossoms; Bill McHenry, the saxophonist molded in Paul Motian’s projects who crossed ways with Jamie Saft, keyboardist in John Zorn’s schizophrenic world; and Chad Taylor, a fundamental part of the Chicago Underground ensembles, always trying to invent new grammars with already established ones.


Scott Feiner and Pandeiro Jazz
A View From Below (Self-released)
Out March 25, 2014

A View From Below, Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz‘s fourth album, marks an exciting turning point for Feiner, as it’s the first recording solely featuring his engaging original compositions. It’s also a stylistic departure due to the unique format featuring the Brazilian pandeiro, guitar and keyboards – a surprising new take on the concept of a “power trio.” Feiner is joined by two Brazilian musicians on A View From Below: pianist Rafael Vernet (Joyce, Hermeto Pascoal, Toniñho Horta) on vintage Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards, and former New York-based guitarist Guilherme Monteiro (Ron Carter, Anat Cohen, Eliane Elias, Forró in the Dark). Feiner’s compositions tend to have simple, memorable melodies, and strong rhythmic statements that result in a sort of “signature sound.” But for sure, certain influences can be heard, such as touches of Steely Dan, elements of Charles Mingus and Weather Report and on certain tunes the trio has been likened to Medeski, Martin & Wood and John Scofield’s Überjam.

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Rachel Eckroth
Let Go (Virgo Sun Records)
Out April 15, 2014

Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to give an artist a fresh perspective. Rachel Eckroth moved from New York back home to Phoenix, Arizona in 2008 as an experienced piano player who had played in New York for years but hadn’t sung since she was 18. She emerges five years later as a mature singer/songwriter whose new album, Let Go, is a powerful look at love and relationships. Eckroth moved back to Brooklyn in 2013 and worked on the album with pianist and composer Jesse Fischer. Fischer produced and engineered most of Let Go, and also co­wrote two of the songs, “A Million Dreams” and “More Beautiful Than That.” The album comes out April 15, 2014, on Virgo Sun Records.


Shadow Theater (Sunnyside)
Out April 15, 2014

Ever since the very beginning, Tigran has seemed possessed by the idea of making the spectrum of his music as broad as possible. With Shadow Theater, the pianist has continued to pursue his enterprise of massive construction. After exploring the universe of Armenia’s fables, he’s turned to another tradition for inspiration, this time more visual than oral. His personal Shadow Theater, which gives the record its name, should be seen as an invitation to pass over to the other side of the mirror, into an imaginary, dreamlike world which owes as much to Tim Burton as it does to real shadow theatre: an art that it simple in appearance, and where silhouettes come to life.   Shadow Theater brims over with dozens of the figurines which inhabit the pianist’s head, from Madlib to Sigur Rós to Steve Reich. With this record, the young Armenian is still exploring new trails, both sonic and electronic; and it also asserts his claim as a hair-raising songwriter/singer whose voice has the timbre of fragility.


Riverside (Dave Douglas, Chet Doxas, Steve Swallow, Jim Doxas)
Riverside (Greenleaf Music)
Out April, 15 2014

The quartet, co-led by Dave Douglas, on trumpet, and Chet Doxas, on clarinet and tenor saxophone, has a rhythm section comprised of Steve Swallow 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. The quartet aims to show their appreciation and respect for the late reedsman and composer, but rather than being just a tribute band and simply performing Jimmy Giuffre‘s repertoire, Douglas and Doxas have composed new music that highlights their inspiration. The piano-less configuration allows for harmonic freedom and gives the group the ability to emphasize the original compositions as well.

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Nels Cline Singers
Macroscope (Mack Avenue Records)
Out April 29, 2014

MACROSCOPE, the fifth album and Mack Avenue debut by Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline‘s adventurous trio, Nels Cline Singers, provides a measure of the group’s staggering range. Captivating and continually surprising, the album finds the instrumental trio veering in one off-kilter direction only to suddenly be overwhelmed by another drastic stylistic shift, often within the space of a single tune. Serrated psychedelia becomes consumed by soulful Brasiliana, blissed-out electronica overwhelmed by garage-rock skronk. A howling Hendrix-inspired solo suddenly erupts in the middle of a slick lounge-jazz number, unleashing Cline’s inner George Benson. With the Singers, Cline has assembled a vehicle that he can steer in any and all of these deviating directions. Cline and founding Singers drummer Scott Amendola are joined by new bassist Trevor Dunn.  The trio also expands with special guests: keyboardist Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto, Yoko Ono), percussionists Cyro Baptista (John Zorn, Trey Anastasio) and Josh Jones (Tupac, Don Cherry), and harpist Zeena Parkins (Bjork, Fred Frith).

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Bobby Avey Quintet
Authority Melts From Me (Whirlwind Recordings)
Out May 6, 2014

Authority Melts from Me is the fascinating new album and immense artistic statement from Bobby Avey, praised by the New Yorker magazine as “A young pianist of invention and refinement.” Winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition for Composition, Avey also received the 2011 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Grant, which enabled Avey to travel to Haiti to record a Vodou Ceremony in the small village of Soukri and subsequently create an hour-long suite grounded in rhythms found in Haitian Vodou drumming. This compelling suite of new music, entitled Authority Melts From Me, pays homage to the Haitian Revolution and features the immense talents of Miguel Zenón, Ben Monder, Thomson Kneeland, and Jordan Perlson.

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Ideal Bread
Beating The Teens (Cuneiform Records)
Out May 13, 2014

For the first time in almost four years, the erstwhile Steve Lacy repertory band, Ideal Bread, has a new book of tunes ready to be released (again on Cuneiform Records), Beating the Teens.  This book of compositions is a departure from Ideal Bread’s typical approach of faithful adaptation of the works of Lacy. It represents a series of “recompositions.” Leader and baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton specifically chose the music that lacy recorded for the French Saravah label from 1971-1977, which was reissued as the box set entitled Scratching the Seventies/Dreams. In this large and expansive take on the tradition of small-ensemble creative music, Sinton has written arrangements that take their cues from the worlds of Anthony Braxton, Wynton Marsalis, John Cage, Iggy Pop and Mos Def, among others.


The Westerlies
Wish The Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz (Songlines)
Out May 13, 2014

The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle, Washington. Avid explorers of cross-genre territory, the Westerlies are a collectively run ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. The Westerlies have premiered over 40 original works for brass quartet since their inception in 2012, and have collaborated with Wayne Horvitz, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Juilliard Dance, and Mason Jar Music to present chamber music as an organic and dynamic means of artistic expression in the 21st Century. Members of The Westerlies currently study at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

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Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge
Nighthawks (Skipstone)
Out May 20, 2014

The title Nighthawks comes from one of Edward Hopper’s most famous paintings depicting four people in a diner late at night. A lot of what Hopper evoked: the mystery and solitude, was familiar to cellist Erik Friedlander. This is the second release for Friedlander’s Bonebridge band and he continues to be fueled by the unlikely cello/slide-guitar combination. In September of 2012 New York City, and much of the Eastern US, was hit by Hurricane Sandy. It quickly became quite serious. Downtown Manhattan was plunged into darkness and without power for several days. Friedlander had set aside the time to work on Nighthawks and he quickly got used to life without power. Following the sun, he was up early and when the sun set, he worked by candlelight. “My neighborhood was eerie and dark, and there were no streetlights, traffic signals or any stores or restaurants open. About every 10 or 15 minutes or so a police car would make an appearance, driving through the black with its emergency lights spinning, but no siren. It was in this odd environment of quiet and solitude that I wrote Nighthawks.” Nighthawks featured Doug Wamble on slide guitar, Trevor Dunn on double bass and Michael Sarin on drums.

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Andy Biskin’s IBID
Act Necessary (Strudelmedia)
Out May 20, 2014

Clarinetist-composer Andy Biskin is up to his old tricks again on Act Necessary (strudelmedia), the debut release by his new quartet, Ibid. Mashing up everything from polkas and New Orleans jazz to funk and Tin Pan Alley, Biskin shoehorns sophisticated compositional elements into epic miniature tunes. His all-star quartet, featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke, trombonist Brian Drye, and drummer Jeff Davis, handles each musical hairpin turn with infectious enthusiasm and deep insight into the music’s many subtleties.

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Joel Harrison
Mother Stump (Cuneiform Records)
Out May 27, 2014

For a long time guitarist Joel Harrison claimed he had no roots. He grew up in Washington D.C., a place whose identity and values are always in drift, a place where there is an endless mortgage to what is real. Harrison was convinced he had to go out into the world with a shovel and plant something of his own. D.C. was more of a blue-collar town when he was growing up. On any given night there might be a redneck band from Southern Maryland, a hillbilly band from nearby West Virginia, or an infusion of urban blues and Philly soul. For Harrison, it all began and ended with Danny Gatton. “If I ever had an idol, it was he. I remember driving out to his repair shop in Southern Maryland for the first time with my friend. He had a pet raccoon crawling around on his shoulder, and the shop was part mad-scientist laboratory, part boys’ club. They would sit there in the basement drinking cans of beer and drilling holes in ’50s Telecasters all day long!” Unlike most of Harrison’s CDs, the focus here is on his playing and not his writing and arranging. It’s a mixture of Luther Vandross, Buddy Miller, George Russell, a traditional spiritual, Paul Motian, Leonard Cohen, and a couple of my pieces, a nod to those formative years, with six old guitars and two old amps. “It’s a lot of history that I’m trying to make new.” Mother Stump features Glenn Patscha on keyboards, Michael Bates on double bass, Jeremy “Bean” Clemons on drums.

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Ty Citerman
Bop Kabbalah
Out May 27, 2014

Bop Kab­balah fea­tures Adam D Gold (drums), Ben Holmes (trum­pet), Ken Thom­son (bass clar­inet) and Ty Citerman (gui­tars). This quar­tet is Citerman’s take on Jewish-themed composition-meets–impro­vi­sa­tion. The band plays rhyth­mic, dynamic and lyri­cal music takes some of the lan­guage of klezmer, modal Hebrew nig­gu­nim (chants), jazz, and 21st cen­tury con­cert music and then twists and recon­tex­tu­al­izes it. It’s not really what you’d hear in most syn­a­gogues or Jewish wed­dings, but of course, those aren’t the only places to hear Jew­ish music! The group does how­ever draw on Citerman’s Jew­ish life and his years of expe­ri­ence playing sec­u­lar and reli­gious music. Citerman’s long-overdue debut record­ing is due in late May 2014 on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records (Rad­i­cal Jew­ish Cul­ture Series).

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Alon Nechushtan
Venture Bound (Enja)
Out June 10, 2014

The pianist/composer assembles an an international, all-star band for his sixth release as a leader. Donny McCaslin, John Ellis, Duane Eubanks, Chris Lightcap, Adam Cruz, Rogério Boccato, and Brahim Fribgane contribute to making Nechushtan’s farthest-reaching record to date. Alon brings his various interests under one roof on Venture Bound. Born in Tel Aviv with familial roots in Russia, Hungary, Transylvania and Uzbekistan, he employs the pluralism of jazz to bring together a wealth of musical heritage.


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Darren Barrett
Energy in Motion: The Music of the Bee Gees (dB Productions)
Out June 17, 2014

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Darren Barrett & dB Quintet
Live And Direct 2014 (dB  Productions)
Out June 17, 2014

Exclusive Video Premiere: Dave Douglas Quintet, “Time Travel (Alt. Take)” on

Monday, October 21st, 2013
DD|50: Special Edition 50th Birthday Recordings Box Set Out Tomorrow
Via Greenleaf Music
“Today we’re premiering an exclusive video: “Time Travel (Alt. Take),” from trumpeter Dave Douglas‘s new DD|50 box. It’s an alternate version of the title track from one of the three albums included in the box, performed by his new quintet featuring saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Rudy Royston. They’re featured on two of the three albums, Time Travel and Be Still. On the latter disc, they’re joined by vocalist Aoife O’Donovan. Those two albums were initially released separately; the third disc in the box, Pathways, is entirely new, and showcases a whole other band: Greg Tardy on clarinet and tenor sax, Joshua Roseman on trombone, Uri Caine on piano, and Clarence Penn on drums, with Oh and O’Donovan returning on bass and vocals, respectively.” (more…)

Renowned Trumpeter and Composer Dave Douglas To Release Special Edition Box Set DD|50

Monday, September 9th, 2013

DD50_Cover50th Birthday Recordings Include Critically-Acclaimed Quintet Albums Be Still (2012) and Time Travel (2013), Plus New Sextet Album Pathways.
Package to Include DVD with Performance Videos & Previously Unreleased Music Videos Directed by Christoph Green, Plus Unreleased Tracks & Outtakes.

Out October 22, 2013 on Greenleaf Music

Even in his 50th year Dave Douglas shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, this milestone proves to be a focal point in a reexamination driven by many events in his life: musical, personal, spiritual and emotional. Three releases show that process, 2012’s intimate, reflective and intensely personal Be Still, 2013’s hard-driving, straight-ahead Time Travel, and his newest work, Pathways, written for sextet as a farewell soliloquy to his beloved ten-year tenure as director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Taken together, these three albums represent a snapshot of the trumpeter and composer’s 50th year, in some ways summing up his journey thus far and in other ways only hinting at future paths he will soon embark upon.


FONT PREVIEW WEEK: Q&A with FONT Co-Founder, Director and Co-Curator Dave Douglas

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) Preview Week

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Dave Douglas

Q&A with Dave Douglas,
Co-Founder & Director of FONT 2013;
Curator of St. Peter’s Church Programming

Denver-Based Trumpeter Hugh Ragin Makes Rare NYC Appearance
Sept. 22 Leading Jazz Vespers at St. Peter’s Church
Featuring Trumpeters Lew Soloff, James Zollar, Nate Wooley

Douglas’ Own Sextet Sept. 23, Featuring Jon Irabagon, Josh Roseman,
Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston & Special Guest Vocalist Heather Masse,
Celebrating Release of New Sextet CD, Pathways, Part of DD|50 Box

Check Out Exclusive FONT Interview with 2013 FONT Honoree
Marcus Belgrave, Conducted by Trumpeter Greg Glassman

Q: How did you become a trumpet player? Did you play other instruments before the trumpet?

DD: Even though trumpet was one of my earliest instruments after piano and trombone, I always naturally thought of myself as a musician. It didn’t occur to me that I was a trumpet player until it was way too late, which is one of the reasons for this festival. It’s to celebrate the trumpet as a piece of equipment in the hands of musicians of every variety, to counter the idea of the trumpeter as a music jock, a sort of athlete of the high notes and proponent of the showiest, brassiest sounds regardless of what the music calls for. We celebrate the Music first. Then the Trumpet, then the New. This is a Festival for music and musicians involved in some of the most compelling, expressive, protean, challenging, and fun music around.

Q: Were there recordings in the beginning and even years into learning the instrument that drew you into the trumpet’s sound and possibilities?

DD: When I finally realized and accepted that I was a trumpeter I was drawn to unique sounding players like Miles Davis, Thad Jones, Lester Bowie, Woody Shaw, Herb Robertson, and of course all the other giant spirits of jazz. I also listened to great classical players like Gerard Schwarz and Raymond Mase, more recently Alison Balsam and Hakan Hardenberger. But I am really a sucker for Macedonian and Mexican brass bands. When the trumpet itself makes people dance how can you not smile?

Q: People often talk about how the trumpet is the hardest instrument to play. Do you feel this is true? What doesn’t the general public understand about playing the trumpet that you wish people would realize?

DD: They say the trumpet is the hardest instrument to play. I’m not sure I agree — they are probably all equally hard. But the trumpet is exposed and personal, like the human voice. You have to figure out how to get a part of your body to effortlessly vibrate at extremely high velocities. This is why trumpet sounds range from the most vulnerable to the most brazen and powerful.

Q: If you had to identify with one or two gurus, trumpeters or otherwise, who had the greatest impact on your musical journey to date, whom would they be?

DD: Aside from all those trumpeters I’ve loved, John McNeil, Carmine Caruso, and Laurie Frink have had the biggest impact on my life as a musician-trumpeter. No question, without them I would not be where I am today. We would likely not be doing this festival. I met co-founder Roy Campbell when I first came to New York in 1984 and at that time I was studying with Carmine. Roy and I heard each other a lot around that time. In starting this festival we both had the same sense that a booster organization for creative trumpeter/composers was an essential job that needed to be done.

Q: How did you select the people you wanted to showcase in your particular curation? Were these people you felt were deserving of wider recognition? Were they people you felt shared a similar working aesthetic as you or came from someplace completely different?

DD: Every year we try to cast as broad a net as we can. We try to support recent arrivals to the scene. We try to celebrate creative pioneers who have pointed the way. And yet, no matter how broad the net, we are always discovering new players and new sounds. We always leave people out, unintentionally! This is one of the richest periods ever as far as new music goes.

Q: Who is your favorite trumpeter today (as in today, the day you are writing this email) and what recorded song available to the public best exemplifies why this trumpeter is so badass?

DD: I practiced a lot today, so if you ask me who is my favorite trumpeter today I am going to say that I am my favorite trumpeter today. How about that? We are all out here practicing to make music and life better. And we all doing it together one note at a time. I love so many players these days and the Festival of New Trumpet Music is a way of celebrating that.

Q: Talk a bit about the venue you chose to curate in? Why is it special to you? Why do you want people to experience that particular venue? Or was it the most hospitable venue available for what you wanted to do?

DD: For the past few years I have been involved in music and spirituality, through recording hymns and spirituals, and through exploring the essence of making music in the moment. Hugh Ragin is a trumpeter who shares that pursuit. When the concert hall at St. Peter’s Church became available for this festival I knew right away that I wanted to present my suite Pathways there. And I knew I would try to get Hugh Ragin to do something. He surpassed my wildest imagination by creating music for the vespers service itself! I cannot wait to hear it.

Q: Can you all share an anecdote about this year’s honoree Marcus Belgrave and what bearing, if any, he has had on your life as a listener, trumpet player, student, or appreciator of creative music?

DD: As I listen to this year’s honoree Marcus Belgrave what amazes me most is how he pulls notes out from all around the horn, the embouchure, and the room. Watching him play is like watching popcorn pop — you never know where the next movement is going to come from. He has one of the most amazing techniques I have ever seen. We are proud to bring him to New York with his own group to honor him with our Award of Recognition.

Q: What event besides the events you curated are you most looking forward to checking out live?

DD: The Henry Brant Flight Over A Global Map for 52 trumpets!!! and percussion is our pièce de resistance this season. I’ve never been involved in anything like this. So many great trumpeters are coming forward to play. It has been a supreme piece of work to organize and I know it is going to be an amazing thrill that will not be repeated any time soon.

Q: Any other thoughts about this year’s festival?

DD: Festival of New Trumpet Music enters its 11th season stronger than ever. New board members, new players, new venues. As a 501(c)3 public nonprofit we appreciate all the support we have had and encourage interested parties to visit our site and consider donating. Thank you.


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