Jazz in Kentucky (Upcoming Show): Dave Douglas in Louisville


Dave Douglas photoTomorrow, September 29th, 2013, Dave Douglas will be performing at Louisville’s Clifton Center at 7pm.

Douglas is generally regarded as one of the top trumpet players on the scene, and between his own recordings and those he releases under his Greenleaf Music label, he’s clearly a force in shaping jazz in the present moment.

It’ll be the same personnel as that of his 2013 release Time Travel, a recording that sounds like a message in a bottle sent back in time to the 1960’s Hard Bop era… it has modern jazz’s fingerprints all over it, but slings heat and breathes the blues with the fiery composure emblematic of the time when be-bop was evolving into something more.

Your album & show personnel:  Dave Douglas (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (sax), Matt Mitchell (piano), Linda Oh (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums).

Speaking of the musicians appearing with Douglas, there isn’t a one of them who hasn’t been praised on this site or on one of my eMusic Jazz Picks columns.  All those names will lead to more solid music.

Douglas is celebrating his 50th birthday with a 50 state tour, hitting spots that don’t always get to see world-class jazz, so I highly recommend taking this opportunity to catch him live.  You can follow the progress of his 50-state project on a dedicated site, at this LINK.

Here’s a link to the Dave Douglas site.

Clifton Center photoThe show is being held at the Clifton Center. located just off Frankfort Avenue in Louisville’s Clifton neighborhood.  I’ve seen shows there before, including a Bill Frisell solo performance, and can definitely vouch for it being a great place to catch a gig.

Here’s a link to the  Clifton Center site, for more info on the show and the venue.

Address: 2117 Payne St, Louisville, KY 40206
Phone: (502) 896-8480

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Worth noting, in addition to his 50-state tour, Douglas is also offering up a special box set of his previous two albums Be Still and Time Travel, and the upcoming release Pathways, as well as a DVD of in-studio performances as well as alternate takes and unreleased tracks from those sessions.

The box set is available in physical CD and digital format.  The physical box is limited to a set of 100, and includes some other swag like t-shirts.  Douglas also has options for people who already own some or all the box set albums by offering complete-your-box alternatives.  It looks pretty neat.

Here’s one of those unreleased tracks…

You can pre-order the box set, in any of its various formats, at Douglas’s Bandcamp page.