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Dave Douglas Launches Label

Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas (pictured) has announced the launch of his new record label, Greenleaf Music. Douglas will serve as artistic director for the label and his longtime friend Michael Friedman will manage the label, which will be distributed by Koch Records in the U.S.

Greenleaf Music’s debut release will come on January 25, 2005 in the form of a new album from NOMAD, one of Douglas’ ensembles. The album is entitled Mountain Passages. Douglas plans to follow that album with three more releases in 2005 and four in 2006. There are plans to record Chicago guitar-pioneer Jeff Parker and the Los Angeles based group KneeBody, led by trumpeter/drummer Shane Endsley, as well as a live duo recording of Douglas with Dutch piano master Misha Mengelberg.

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