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Dave Douglas’ Freakin’ Year

It looks to be a monster year for the man Stanley Crouch loves to tool on. In addition to turning 40, trumpeter Dave Douglas will celebrate the release of his fantastic new CD, Freak In (RCA/Bluebird), and embark on a big tour with his electrified septet to support the jazztronica-fueled disc. (You can read all about Douglas and Freak In it in the current issue of JazzTimes.

February 18 is when Freak In hits the stores, and the next day Douglas and his septet-featuring tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, guitarist David Gilmore, keyboardist Jamie Saft, turntablist DJ Olive, bassist Brad Jones and drummer Derrek Phillips-start out on their two-month trek, which travels as follows:

Feb 19 – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)

Feb 20 – Johnny D’s (Somerville, MA)

Feb 22 – East Cultural Center (Vancouver)

Feb 23 – The Tractor Tavern (Seattle)

Feb 24 – Yoshi’s (Oakland)

Feb 25 – Jazzschool-master class on improvisation and ear training (Berkley, CA)

Feb. 26 – The Shedd (Eugene, OR)

Mar. 7 TBA (Katovice, Poland)

Mar. 9 TBA (Quarrata, Italy)

Mar. 10 Teatro Filarmonico/Piazza Bra (Verona, Italy)

Mar. 11 TBA (Bari, Italy)

Mar. 12 TBA (Roma, Italy)

Mar. 14 Banlieues Bleus Festival Saint-Quen, Espace 1789 (Paris, France)

Mar. 15 TBA (Bordeaux, France)

Mar. 16 Kulturzentrum Alte Feuerwache (Mannheim, Germany)

Mar. 17 TBA (Imola, Italy)

Mar. 19 Bayrischer Hof (Munich, Germany)

After Douglas returns from Europa, he’ll commence his career-retrospective 40th birthday celebration at the Jazz Standard. The trumpeter will be appearing with 10 groups in six nights, and it’ll go something like this:

March 25: New York City Tiny Bell Trio (7:30 pm) and Four-in-One (9:30 pm) featuring Dave Douglas, Misha Mengelberg, Brad Jones & Han Bennink

March 26: Parallel Worlds & Witness (7:30 pm) and Alloy (9:30 pm) featuring Dave Douglas, Roy Campbell & Baikida Carroll

March 27: Charms of the Night Sky & El Trilogy Ensemble (7:30 pm, 9:30 pm)

March 28: Sextet (7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, 11:30 pm)

March 29: New Quintet (performing music from The Infinite) (7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, 11:30 pm)

March 30: Septet (performing music from Freak In) (7:30 pm, 9:30 pm)

Go to for more info.

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