Three years ago, The Dave Douglas Quintet and The Westerlies were co-billed on an Earshot Jazz Festival concert and the two groups combined to provide an exciting finale to an already memorable concert.
Inspired by that event, Dave Douglas composed a series of pieces for his trumpet and The Westerlies for a tour which concluded with a return to Seattle to play at The Earshot Festival 2016.
A prolific composer, Douglas wrote new music reflecting on the last weeks of this year's presidential campaign, providing an appropriate title for each selection. The concert was recorded for radio and will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 knkx and stream at knkx.org on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. Pacific.
Dave Douglas is an imaginative award-winning trumpet player and composer who regularly invents new ways to approach and present new music in New York and on tour. He is the director of FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music); he has over 40 recordings ranging from jazz to chamber music and has been nominated twice for Grammy awards.
The Westerlies are four brass players in their twenties who attended Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools in Seattle where they participated in jazz band programs before going on to studies at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.
Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler are the trumpet players and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch are the trombonists. Their first album featured the music of Wayne Horvitz, their second album is a double CD set featuring compositions by The Westerlies. Their music includes elements of folk music, classical, jazz, and brass band music. Although they usually perform as a brass quartet, for this project the ensemble with Dave Douglas was joined by Philadelphia-based drummer Anward Marshall.
This performance was part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, recorded October 29, 2016 at The Seattle Art Museum. Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by Jim Wilke exclusively for 88.5 knkx and knkx.org. The program airs at 2 p.m. Pacific on Sundays. After broadcast, past programs may be streamed at jazznw.org. The next show on location will feature Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn, with a quintet in an Art of Jazz concert at Seattle Art Museum (recording date, Dec. 8; air date, Dec. 18).