Dave Douglas Big Band
About this Artist
Two-time Grammy-nominated jazz musician DAVE DOUGLAS is arguably the most prolific and original trumpeter/composer of his generation. From his New York base, where he’s lived since the mid-1980s, Douglas has continued to earn lavish national and international acclaim, including Trumpeter, Composer, and Jazz “Artist of the Year” by such organizations as the New York Jazz Awards, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society. His solo recording career began in 1993 with Parallel Worlds on Soul Note and he has since released nearly 30 recordings. In 2005, after seven critically acclaimed albums for Bluebird/RCA, Douglas launched his own record label, Greenleaf Music. The same year, he was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. On Greenleaf, Douglas has released albums with his long standing Quintet, the electronic sextet Keystone, and the mixed chamber ensemble Nomad. His latest project, Brass Ecstasy, features a brass quintet of trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba and drums and will release Spring 2009.
Douglas is currently the artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Center and the co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which will celebrate its 7th year in 2009. In addition to leading his own groups, Douglas has an important ongoing musical relationship as a member of John Zorn’s Masada and with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Uri Caine, Bill Frisell, Cibo Matto, Mark Dresser, Han Bennink, and Misha Mengelberg. As a composer, Douglas has been commissioned by the Trisha Brown Dance Company, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, the Essen Philharmonie, the Library of Congress, and Stanford University. Recent large-scale works have included Blue Latitudes for chamber orchestra and three improvisers, and Delighted States, for big band with soloists.
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