September 25, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Dave Douglas Quintet will perform Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. The concert, which is free to the public, is the second in this third season's ongoing Jazz at Bucknell First Wednesdays series.

Douglas will be joined by international all-stars: Donny MacCaslin on tenor saxophone; Uri Caine on fender rhodes; Eric Revis on bass; and Clarence Penn on drums.

Unique sound

"Dave Douglas is widely recognized as one of the most important and original American musicians to emerge from the jazz and improved music scene of the last decades," said Phil Haynes, producer of Jazz at Bucknell.

"His unique sound and phrasing is rooted in Miles Davis, yet he has adapted contemporary innovations by trumpeters such as Paul Smoker, Herb Robertson, and Kenny Wheeler into his highly influential brass style. Dave actually cites Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, and Stevie Wonder as primary influences on his music," said Haynes.

"Dave Douglas has collaborated with leading contemporary artists including John Zorn, Fred Hersch, Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, and Myra Melford.

Jazz artist of the year

"His work as a composer, performer, educator and organizer includes an astonishing array of artistic activities, yielding multiple honors. And for the past half decade Dave Douglas has repeatedly been named trumpeter, composer, and jazz artist of the year by such organizations as the New York Jazz Awards, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and the Italian Jazz Critics' Society," he said.

Born in Montclair, N.J., Douglas grew up in the New York metropolitan area. He started playing piano at age five and trombone at seven before discovering the trumpet two years later. He learned jazz and classical harmony in high school and began playing improvised music as an exchange student in Barcelona, Spain, in 1978.

From 1981 to 1983, he studied in Boston at the Berklee School of Music and the New England Conservatory. Moving to New York City in 1984, he attended New York University, studying trumpet with Carmine Caruso, and performed around the city with jazz, funk and experimental music groups. From 1987 to 1990 he toured internationally with artists such as Horace Silver, Vincent Herring, Tim Berne, Don Byron, Dr. Nerve, and the Bread and Puppet Theater. He began to record in earnest in the 1990s and his discography includes recordings on the Hat Art, Soul Note, New World, Arabesque, Songlines and Winter & Winter labels.

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Jazz at Bucknell is a chamber series conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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Posted Sept. 25, 2007


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