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Dave Douglas: The Art of Being Heard

Reflecting on the first decade of his Greenleaf Music company

Dave Douglas
Dave Douglas (photo: Jacek Gancarczyk)
Shigeto, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglas and Jonathan Maron play music from "High Risk" in Poland, 2015
Dave Douglas Quintet: Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Douglas, Matt Mitchell, Jon Irabagon
Dave Douglas and company in the Dolomites of Northern Italy, 2003
Dave Douglas Quintet 2009: with Donny McCaslin (sax), Uri Caine (piano), Matt Penman (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums), in Europe. Courtesy of Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas has always, it seems, been a musician ideally suited to the art of multitasking. A tirelessly prolific trumpeter, composer and bandleader working within and beyond the jazz mainstream, he runs the Festival of New Trumpet Music, a nonprofit New York City institution now in its 13th year. He’s also the founder and owner of Greenleaf Music, an independent label and music company that celebrated its 10th anniversary last spring.

A concert at the Manhattan venue SubCulture in May showcased the breadth of the Greenleaf roster, with performances by Catharsis, a pugnacious postbop band led by the trombonist Ryan Keberle; Sun Pictures, a chamber-esque vehicle for bassist Linda Oh; and the Donny McCaslin Quartet, a hard-nosed fusion outfit led by its namesake saxophonist. Had the lineup been a little more comprehensive, it would also have featured groups led by drummer Rudy Royston, bassist Matt Ulery, alto saxophonist Curtis Macdonald-and at least a few led by Douglas himself.

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