Dave Douglas Quintet with special guest vocalist Heather Masse
One of today’s top trumpet players, the prolific composer has done great work with John Zorn’s Masada and with his own bands. He knows the whole jazz tradition, but always strives to further it by taking influences from classical music and folk traditions as well as from New Orleans and intelligent pop. Vocalist Heather Masse from New York brings a whole new dimension to the band with her stunning alto voice.
Having finished his academic schooling Dave Douglas (50) played in several bands, when jazz legend Horace Silver asked him to join his band for a European tour in the late 80’s. Dave’s first album Parallel Worlds came out in 1993. At the same time he joined Masada. Combining the teachings of Ornette Coleman with Jewish folk melodies, the band became jazz world’s permanent favorite. So far it has released 20 albums. Douglas’ catalogue as a leader holds 40 albums, not counting the ones where he’s a sideman (Uri Caine, Mark Dresser, Fontella Bass, Sheryl Crow, etc).
Heather Masse has put out four solo albums and also sings on two by the Canadian folk ensemble Wailing Jennys.