Dave Douglas and Uri Caine are two of the major figures in New York's burgeoning contemporary jazz scene. Band leaders, composers and creative voices who have each earned acclaimed for impressive bodies of recorded and live performance work, they have too enjoyed a long-shared history of collaboration in some of the stand-out projects in American jazz of the past 20 years.
Dave Douglas has recorded more than 20 albums as a band leader, has performed and recorded with scores of musician, and is a hugely respected pioneer of new settings for the trumpet in jazz.
His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award and two Grammy nominations.
For a decade Douglas was artistic director in jazz and creative music at the groundbreaking Banff Centre in Canada, and is the co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music in his native New York.
Dave Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active. He is a long time collaborator of pianist Uri Caine, with whom he showcases 'Present Joys', this intimate and revealing collection of songs, hymns and improvisations.
Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley,Johnny Coles, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb.
Caine has recorded 22 CDs as a leader, and has performed ensemble arrangements of Mahler, Wagner, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann. Caine was the Director of the Venice Biennale for Music in September 2003, and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for 'The Othello Syndrome.'
During the past several years, Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Altschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Enja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka.
On Dave Douglas
[The] ‘show felt as if it had passed by in a flash, while boiling with enough ideas for a gig twice as long.’
On Uri Caine
‘…exemplary compositions and virtuoso playing… alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic’