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April 19, 2013

Elk Creek welcomes jazz quartet

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MILLHEIM —

Joining Douglas in the unchartered territory of Millheim, will be fellow music makers Jon Irabagon on saxophone, Tony Marino on bass and Phil Haynes on drums, creating a sophisticated sound that delves into a host of jazz styles.

To accommodate his varying style and passion for music, in 2005 Douglas created his own record label, Greenleaf Music,  allowing him unrestricted artistic expression and input into each aspect of his music.

In between touring and composing original material, Douglas has also found the time to immerse  himself in the educational aspect of jazz. He has been serving as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada for 10 years and has a  royal and ongoing stint as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

“Honestly, the high points for me are creative high points. Every time I am able to create some music and share it with musicians and audiences, I am so grateful,” Douglas said. “Bliss is to find that point of transition into something that hasn’t been heard. I have been fortunate in being able to do that in many different contexts.”

Douglas noted musical influences and personal favorites include Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Igor Stravinsky.

In what little spare time he finds, Douglas, who bills himself as a “Huge Stevie Wonder fanatic” enjoys trail running, distance events and the technology spin on music with his podcast, “A Noise From The Deep.”

“I think music is a universal practice and we all have to grapple with the same issues of expression and the sense we are all individuals, we owe it to ourselves to be ourselves,” he said. “We all have something unique to say and an opportunity to be here on the planet and say it.”

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