Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy "This Love Affair"

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The JD Allen Trio (Vuela)

“Dave Douglas is the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.”


“Dave Douglas is relentlessly innovative.”


JD Allen Trio
& Dave Douglas


October 18, 2017 | 7 pm

October 18, 2017 | 9 pm

Durham Fruit & Produce Company

Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. $10 Duke student tickets and $20 tickets for patrons ages 30 and under will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


The trumpeter Dave Douglas didn’t always “get” Thelonious Monk. The melodies seemed too simple, less flashy than the licks one could learn from Coltrane. But eventually Douglas — a label owner, popular jazz podcast host, and John Zorn collaborator — learned just how much lived beneath the surface of Monk’s music. He took on several Monk tunes as part of the SFJAZZ Collective’s tribute to the composer and wrote a delightful number based on an eight-year-old’s effort to play “Blue Monk.” Monk’s catalogue is as wide-open as the music Douglas makes. “Everything is represented in there,” he says. “The more I play them, the more I learn.”

Made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

“Dave Douglas has been an important player in the jazz world for more than two decades, producing a broad body of work as both a trumpet player and a composer.”


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