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Dave Douglas and the GSU Jazz Band
Play the Rialto

2012 April 17


One of the greatest and most diversified jazz trumpeters today, Dave Douglas, will perform with the Georgia State Jazz Band at the Rialto Center for the Arts this Friday. Click on the video above to hear the music of this prolific player.

Douglas has developed his own work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active: the Dave Douglas Quintet, Keystone, Brass Ecstasy, and the Sound Prints Quintet with Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, James Genus and Joey Baron.

As well as playing his own compositions, Douglas plays tunes from a disparate group of artists–Stravinsky, Ornette Coleman, Rufus Wainwright, Hank Williams, Otis Redding–and puts a soulful seductive twist on them. 

Earlier in his career, after studying at the Berklee School of Music and later NYU, he played with John Zorn’s Masada, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath and Horace Silver.

The two-time Grammy Award-nominated composer and trumpeter has been named “Artist of the Year” by the New York Jazz Awards, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and the Italian Jazz Critics’ Society. He has also been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Aaron Copland award and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Jazz.NEXT grant.

Douglas performs Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts and will lead a free master class Friday at 3 p.m. in Room 002 of the Rialto Center (basement level, entrance on Forsyth Street) in downtown Atlanta.

Tickets range from $22-$48 (Georgia State students may receive 1/2 price tickets with ID) and are available in person at the Rialto Center Box Office, by calling 404-413-9849 or online at www.rialtocenter.org. Free parking is provided for this event at the Equitable Building deck on Fairlie Street.

Read my earlier review of Douglas’s album Spirit Moves here.

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