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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Dave Douglas New Quintet

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Village Vanguard New York City

Take Dave Douglas's Magic Triangle and Leap of Faith quartet, swap Ben Perowsky for Clarence Penn on drums, keep Chris Potter on tenor and James Genus on bass, and add Uri Caine on Fender Rhodes. What have we got? The new Dave Douglas Quintet, which the chameleonic trumpeter/composer featured during his second engagement at the renowned Village Vanguard. Little is known about this new grouping. The music was brand new, so much so ...

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