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Douglas, Dave (David Dewel)

Douglas, Dave (David Dewel), trumpet, composer; b. East Orange, NJ, 24 March 1963. Dave Douglas began playing improvised music while attending a year abroad in Barcelona, Spain, as part of a special program offered through his high school.  He went on to study composition and performance in Boston for two years at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory.  Moving to New York in 1984, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University's Gallatin Division while at the same time performing in the streets of New York City with other young musicians.  His education continued on the bandstand with Horace Silver's ensemble, touring internationally for three months in 1987.  Since then, he has often worked as a leader, as well as continuing to freelance. He has recorded over 100 of his own compositions. His diverse influences are reflected in the music he writes for his own ensembles: Charms of the Night Sky, The Tiny Bell Trio, Dave Douglas Quartet, Dave Douglas Sextet, Sanctuary, The Dave Douglas String Group, and Satya.

In addition to working with the above listed ensembles, Dave continues to explore the possibilities of combining improvisation with Indian music, Musique Concrete and orchestral music. Dave's ensembles have toured worldwide since 1994, performing at major jazz and new music festivals in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Austria, France, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Finland and Estonia.  Several international festivals such as: New York Jazz Festival 1998, Groningen Jazz Marathon 1996, Koln Musik Triennale 1997, Luchtbal Festival Antwerp 1996, have also presented multi-day overviews of his music.

Recently completed works include "In Twilight Found", a Concerto for Improvising Trio and Orchestra.  Other projects include a collaboration in Baden-Baden/Germany with Rabih Abou-Khalil, the Lebanese Oud player and composer; new recordings with his Quartet, Trio and String Group; commissions from the String Trio of New York and the Trisha Brown Company.

Douglas has received fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and more recently, Arts International, which helped finance a trip to India by his new Hindi-influenced group, Satya.  In February 1996, Douglas toured as a guest with the Clusone Trio (Michael Moore, Ernst Reijseger and Han Bennink), one of Holland's most exciting improvisation ensembles. His music was featured in the 2003 film American Splendor.

Recordings:
String Group: Parallel Worlds (1994); Tiny Bell Trio: Tiny Bell Trio (1994); Sextet: In Our Lifetime (1995); Tiny Bell Trio: Constellations (1995); String Group: Five (1996); Sanctuary: Sanctuary (1997); Tiny Bell Trio: Live in Europe (1997); Sextet: Stargazer (1997); Moving Portrait: Moving Portrait (1998); Quartet: Magic Triangle (1998); Charms of the Night Sky: Charms of the Night Sky (1998); String Group: Convergence (1999); Songs for Wandering Souls (1999); Leap of Faith (2000); Soul on Soul: Celebrating Mary Lou Williams (2000); A Thousand Evenings (2000); El Trilogy (2001); Witness (2001); The Infinite (2002); Freak In (2003); Strange Liberation (with Bill Frisell) (2004)
As a co-leader:
Han Bennink: Serpentine; New and Used: Souvenir, Consensus; The Mosaic Sextet: Today, This Moment
As sideperson:
John Zorn: 'Masada' Volume 1 - 10, Bar Kokhba; Don Byron: Don Byron plays the Music of Mickey Katz; Cibo Matto: Viva la Woman; Sean Lennon: Into the Sun; Uri Caine: Urlicht: The Music of Gustav Mahler; Myra Melford: The Same River, Twice; Mark Dresser:            The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; Anthony Braxton and Mario Pavone: Seven Standards (1995); Michael Formanek: Low Profile, The Nature of the Beast; Orange Then Blue: While You Were Out; Dr. Nerve: Armed Observation, Skin, Beta 14 OK; John Esposito/Second Sight: Flying with the Comet

Bibliography:
Ingrid Karl (Ed.): Parallel Worlds, 1994 [book]
K. Leander Williams: Riffs. Douglas Validates Jazz-Classical Connection, in: Down Beat (Mar.1994)
Aaron Cohen: Dave Douglas. Parallel Worlds, in: Coda (Mar/Apr.1996)
Steve Holtje: Bites. Dave Douglas, in: The Wire (Mar.1996)
Fred Bouchard: HearSay. Dave Douglas, in: Jazz Times (Oct.1996)
Sam Prestianni: Dave Douglas. Tiny Bell, Enormous Future, in: Jazziz (Dec.1996)
Stefano Merighi: Con un piccolo aiuto dagli amici..., in: Musica Jazz (Apr.1997)
Andre Bartlett: Dave Douglas Interview, in: Cadence (Jul.1997)
Bill Shoemaker: Dave Douglas. Parallel Worlds, in: Jazz Times (Mar.1998)
Steve Dollar: The Dawning Dave Douglas, in: Jazziz, 15/3 (Mar.1998)

Websites:
http://home.arcor.de/nyds-exp-discogs/index0.htm (detailed discography)
An Interview with Dave Douglas: April 1999; by Allen Huotari; allaboutjazz.com
A fireside Chat with Dave Douglas, 2003, by Fred Jung; allaboutjazz.com
A fireside Chat with Dave Douglas, 2004, by Fred Jung; allaboutjazz.com
Five Questions With Dave Douglas, by CHARLES J. GANS, Associated Press, April 4, 2000

Awards:
2004 8th Annual New York Jazz Awards, Trumpet Player of the Year, Jazz Journalist's Association
2003 68th Annual Readers Poll, Trumpet Player of the Year, Down Beat Magazine
2003 51st Annual Critics Poll, Trumpet Player of the Year, Down Beat Magazine
2003 7th Annual New York Jazz Awards, Trumpet Player of the Year, Jazz Journalist's Association
2003 45th Annual Grammy Awards, Nomination for: Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group for the album: "The Infinite " The Recording Academy Grammy Awards
2002 6th Annual New York Jazz Awards, Trumpet Player of the Year, Jazz Journalist's Association
2002 50th Annual Critics Poll, Trumpet Player of the Year, Composer of the Year, 
Down Beat Magazine
2001 International Cork Jazz Festival, Personality of the Festival, Guinness Jazz Festival
2001 Musician of the Year, Italian Jazz Critics Society
2001 5th Annual New York Jazz Awards, Trumpet Player of the Year, Jazz Journalist's Association
2001 66th Annual Readers Poll, Trumpet Player of the Year, Down Beat Magazine
2001 49th Annual Critics Poll, Trumpet Player of the Year, Down Beat Magazine
2001 49th Annual Critics Poll, Composer of the Year, Down Beat Magazine
2001 Annual Readers Poll, Trumpet Player of the Year, JazzTimes Magazine
2000  48th Annual Critics Poll Composer of the Year TDWR, Trumpet Player of the Year, Jazz Album of the Year: Soul on Soul, Jazz Artist of the Year, Down Beat Magazine
1999    Second Annual New York Jazz Award Artist of the year
Composer of the year
Daring Innovator/Explorer
Trumpeter of the year            Jazz Journalist's Association
1998    Record of the year: Charms of the Night Sky            Jazzman
1998    First Annual New York Jazz Awards            Best Trumpet player  Jazz Journalists' Assoc.
1998    Downbeat Critics' poll Artist of the year TDWR
1997    Best Recording: Stargazer New York Times, Boston Globe, JazzIz, Seattle Times, Village Voice
1997    Best Recording: Sanctuary Village Voice, JazzIz
1996    Italian Jazz Critics' Society New Musician of the year
1996    Best Recording: Constellations Village Voice, New York Times, Boston Globe
1996    Best Recording: Five     Boston Globe, Village Voice
1995    Best Recording: In Our Lifetime New York Times, Village Voice
1994    Best Recording: Parallel Worlds Village Voice
1994    Best Recording: Tiny Bell Trio Village Voice

Contact information:
management@sooyaarts.com
tel. 646 698 4820
Dave Douglas official site: http://www.davedouglas.com

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