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Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano and two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter Dave Douglas are current masters on their respective instruments within the pantheon of modern jazz. From their collaborations on acclaimed recordings such as Trio Fascination: Edition Two and more recently John Zorn’s Stolas, Lovano and Douglas have shown that their distinct and robust voices can lead, blend and push the idiom forward both in composition and improvisation, while embracing the front-line masters of previous generations.
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Dave Douglas – is an American jazz trumpeter and composer whose music derives from jazz, classical music, folk music, electronica and klezmer.
Since 1993, Douglas has recorded more than forty albums as a bandleader. He has produced more than fifty, including all albums released by his independent label Greenleaf Music. He has also performed and recorded with dozens of musicians in jazz and popular genres and has been a member of the SFJAZZ Collective and various John Zorn ensembles. With his own groups, Douglas has pioneered new settings for the trumpet in jazz. In more recent years, he has explored collaborations involving modern dance, spoken word/poetry, and film.
Douglas served as the artistic director of the Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music from 2002 – 2012. He is a co-founder of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, a non-profit charity that supports new and pioneering trumpet work across genres, genders and communities and is held annually in New York City.
Joe Lovano – After Berklee he worked with Jack McDuff and Dr. Lonnie Smith. After three years with Woody Herman’s orchestra, Lovano moved to New York and began playing regularly with Mel Lewis’s Big Band. This influence is still present in his solos. He often plays lines that convey the rhythmic drive and punch of an entire horn section.
In the early 1980s Lovano began working in John Scofield’s quartet and a bass-less trio with Paul Motian and Bill Frisell. Steeped in the tradition of Ornette Coleman, Motian’s recordings show off Lovano’s avant-garde abilities. In 1993, at the suggestion of musicologist Gunther Schuller, fellow Clevelander and bebop guitarist Bill DeArango recorded the album Anything Went with Lovano. “He was a major mentor for all of us round here,” said Lovano. In 1999, having developed dementia, DeArango was taken into a nursing home, where Lovano visited him on December 26, 2005. Two hours after Lovano left, DeArango died. “He knew we were there,” said Lovano. “His heartbeat raced. He knew we were there.”
Lovano’s Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard, garnered a Down Beat “Jazz Album of the Year” award. Other releases include Trio Fascination and 52nd Street Themes. In the late 1990s, he formed the Saxophone Summit with Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker (later replaced by Ravi Coltrane). Lovano played the tenor saxophone on the 2007 McCoy Tyner album Quartet. In 2006 Lovano released Streams Of Expression, a tribute to cool jazz and free jazz. He did this with the help of Gunther Schuller, who contributed his “Birth Of The Cool Suite”. Lovano and pianist Hank Jones released an album together in June 2007, entitled Kids. Lovano also currently leads his Us Five quintet with Esperanza Spalding, James Weidman, Francisco Mela, Otis Brown and occasionally Peter Slavov. They have released Bird Songs (2011) and Cross Culture (2012) on Blue Note Records.
Lovano has been the teacher of Jeff Coffin after the latter received an NEA Jazz Studies Grant in 1991. He currently holds the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music.
Lovano appears in Noah Buschel’s film The Missing Person, with Amy Ryan and Michael Shannon.