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.