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Dave Douglas and Keystone: Columbus, February 5, 2011

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Dave Douglas & KeystoneLincoln TheatreColumbus, OhioFebruary 5, 2011 It seemed somehow fitting that composer Dave Douglas' presentation of Spark Of Being (Greenleaf Music, 2010) be held in the aftermath of the blizzard of 2011. The audience for this retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which begins and ends with a sailing ship frozen in the ice of the North Pole, had traveled to the Lincoln Theatre through huge drifting snows, with trees and power lines splintered by a monstrous ice storm. The trumpeter and his electric sextet (minus one) were concluding a ...


Dave Douglas at Zanzibar Blue

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Dave Douglas Quintet Zanzibar Blue Philadelphia, PA January 26-27

As I walked along Broad Street to Zanzibar Blue, I passed the Academy of Music, where some Mummers were tuning up, and went by a huge tent and some media trucks that were set up for the 105th Anniversary celebration of the Academy with special guests Prince Charles and Camilla. I felt miffed that they didn't invite moi, but then I realized that I'd much rather hear some good jazz than put up with all that pomp and circumstance. Dave Douglas and his group ...


The Dave Douglas Quintet at the Jazz Standard, New York, Dec. 7

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Dave Douglas QuintetThe Jazz Standard, New York CityThursday, December 7, 2006Early Show Trumpeter/cornetist Dave Douglas, one of the most prolific bandleaders in the last decade, has embraced rather than cursed technology and used his six-night run at the Jazz Standard as a means of disseminating his music to the broadest possible audience. Both sets for each night were recorded live and are already available at the Greenleaf Music (Douglas' label) site. While on-location jazz recordings are commonplace, a live MP3 album, available practically the following day, is a relatively new development in the world ...


Dave Douglas & Keystone at SFJAZZ

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Dave Douglas & KeystoneThursday, October 26, 2005Palace of Fine Arts, SFDave Douglas and his electrified Keystone band merged past and future on the last stop of their brief American tour, playing for an enthusiastic crowd of hipsters at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts as part of the 23rd annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. The Keystone project is focused on new scores Douglas has written for the silent films of Roscoe “Fatty" Arbuckle, a brilliant comedian whose career was ruined in the 1920s by false accusations of rape and murder.It's a top-notch sextet, featuring Marcus ...


Dave Douglas at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago

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Dave Douglas and Keystone Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago October 8, 2005This has been a great period for trumpeter Dave Douglas. The Infinite, Freak In, Strange Liberation, Mountain Passages--no bandleader this decade has surpassed Douglas in terms of remarkable recorded output.The excellence of the above CDs makes the fact that I like his new Keystone the best of all of them pretty much a matter of subjective taste; we're dealing with an abundance of riches here. The music on Keystone developed as a result of Douglas's fascination with now-obscure silent film comic ...


Dave Douglas Quartet

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Litchfield Jazz Festival Goshen Fairgrounds, CT August 6, 2000

Fresh from his quadruple victory in Downbeat magazine’s 2000 critics’ poll, trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas brought a slightly retooled version of his quartet to Connecticut’s annual Litchfield Jazz Festival. Ben Perowsky remained behind the drum kit, but Brad Jones replaced James Genus on bass. The tenor spot, regularly occupied by the ubiquitous Chris Potter, was given over to the younger and lesser known but equally phenomenal Mark Shim. While Shim has gained recognition as a member of Greg Osby’s New Directions, and as a leader with ...


Dave Douglas Septet

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Dave Douglas conducts a group with his whole body. He nods to the bassist, glances toward the drums, shrugs at the DJ, and raises his brow to the saxophonist all within one swift measure of music. Then he plunges into a trumpet solo that cleanses the senses like dry white wine.Douglas shined as a leader and showman at Tonic, on Tuesday, September 24, as he drove his septet into the unknown. A stunt familiar perhaps to the ensemble, but enchanting to an eager audience, that followed the dramatic, evocative compositions into an amorphous universe.The set started unassumingly enough ...

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