Redwood Jazz Alliance

Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy
Thursday, September 3d, 8 p.m.| Arcata Theatre Lounge

"Dave Douglas is a pivotal figure in modern music."
—Nate Chinen, New York Times

Douglas has always looked for ways to marry traditional conceits with forward-looking concepts. Spirit Moves is another outstanding and distinctive chapter in his ever-expanding body of work; one that distinguishes itself by being his most flat-out entertaining disc, without sacrificing any of the signature innovations that have earmarked his career since emerging as a leader over 15 years ago. 
—John Kelman, All About Jazz

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Dave Douglas
Brass Ecstasy

Dave Douglas, who was just named Trumpeter of the Year in the DownBeat International Critics Poll for the 10th consecutive year, is "one of the most adventurous sonic explorers in music today," as New York Newsday recently put it; a prolific and multi-faceted composer who has consistently pushed the boundaries of jazz while leading a wave of socially and politically aware musicians. His new quintet Brass Ecstasy, which consists of Douglas on trumpet, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba and Nasheet Waits on drums, was conceived at the Festival of New Trumpet Music (which Douglas co-founded in 2003) and emerged fully formed from the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival, which commissioned the piece "Chicago Calling: Bowie, Barack, and The Brass Ring" for the group. Their first album, Spirit Moves, was released this summer to rave reviews--including a "leaping-out-of-the-seat" accolade in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Based in New York since the mid-1980s, Douglas has earned lavish national and international acclaim, including Trumpeter, Composer, and Jazz Artist of the Year awards from DownBeat, Jazz Times, and Jazziz magazines.  Since the start of his solo career in 1993, he has released over twenty-eight recordings as the leader of a variety of groups, including his highly influential quintet and the electronics-infused sextet Keystone. (He's also had longstanding collaborative relationships with John Zorn, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Fred Hersch, Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg, Myra Melford, Chris Potter, and Uri Caine, among others.) After several Grammy-nominated albums on RCA/Bluebird, Douglas launched his own record label, Greenleaf Music, in 2005, the same year he was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship.   While Brass Ecstasy is primarily a vehicle for his own compositions, Spirit Moves pays homage to AACM trumpeter Lester Bowie and other brass band traditions while showcasing arrangements of tunes by such disparate artists as Otis Redding, Hank Williams and Rufus Wainwright.

The other members of Brass Ecstasy are among the most in-demand players on their respective instruments today. Vincent Chancey is one of only a few French hornists to have established themselves on the jazz scene. In his lengthy career, he has played with such luminaries as Lester Bowie, Sun Ra, David Murray and Carla Bley. 

Trombonist Luis Bonilla has played with McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, and Freddie Hubbard, and is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra.

"Phenomenal tubist Marcus Rojas" (Whitney Balliet, The New Yorker) has played with everyone from the Metropolitan Opera and the Joffrey Ballet to Wayne Shorter, David Byrne, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Wynton Marsalis, and was an original member of Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy.

Nasheet Waits was identified early in the decade as a young drummer to watch by both the New York Times and DownBeat, and he is now one of the most highly-regarded drummers in jazz. He has recording and performing credits with a veritable who's who of contemporary jazz, including long associations with Antonio Hart, Andrew Hill, Jason Moran and Fred Hersch.

Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website, or at Missing Link Records, People's Records and The Works.

Dave Douglas will also present a FREE public workshop on Friday morning, September 4th at 11:00 on the stage of Fulkerson Recital Hall.

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  • Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy on WBGO's "The Checkout"
  • Stream (and buy!) "Spirit Moves"


Meet the ComposerThis event is funded in part by Meet the Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program.

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