Rudy Royston’s “303” | Preorder now available

After a stand-out performance with his Septet at Le Poisson Rouge last Friday, Rudy Royston's "303" is now available for preorder both at iTunes and on the Greenleaf Bandcamp network.

Jim Tuerk’s Top 10 Records of 2013

It's the end of the year, and the time where I roll up my sleeves, sift through my stacks of wax and digital playlists to bring you my Top's list of the year. Many of you know that I play guitar and write for a rock and roll band—we released a record this year, actually. I have a true passion for improvised music and the music that our artists create, but as the resident rocker here at Greenleaf, my list comes from a different place than most jazz blogs you'll read. Hope I can turn you on to some good sounds.

Matt Ulery’s Loom plays NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It's intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.

Why we’re using Bandcamp

Bandcamp is a microsite storefront used by a lot of independent musicians to sell their music. They offer downloads in almost any format you can think of in a clean shopping cart, embeddable player widgets, and recently, the launch of new social engagement mechanisms has clearly shown how fervent the Bandcamp community is — a lot of folks say that it's the place where true music consumers go to engage with the music. And over the past few months, we've been migrating our catalog over there.

Linda Oh’s “Sun Pictures” now available for preorder.

We're happy to announce the preorder of Linda Oh's "Sun Pictures"—her 3rd album as a leader, and her 2nd for our label. This is a dynamite band featuring Greenleaf alum Ben Wendel of Kneebody, Aussie guitarist James Muller, and drummer Ted Poor. And Linda's writing for this crew is stronger than ever. The title of the album comes from the world's oldest operating outdoor cinema located in Broome, Australia where Linda's sister lives. That imagery and concept are central to the feel of these tunes—Linda describes each piece as a "snapshot from recent travels and experiences playing music." And busy she's been, playing with Dave Douglas' Quintet, Sound Prints Quintet with Dave and Joe Lovano, and countless other projects the helped shape these tunes.

Donny McCaslin, Live at Newport – full set stream via WBGO

Stream Donny McCaslin's set from the Newport Jazz Festival, August 4th 2013 via WBGO. Setlist: Perpetual Motion, Stadium Jazz, Losing Track of Daytime, Henry, Tension.

Video: The first look at Linda Oh’s #SunPictures

We're excited to announce and share with you new Linda Oh music. "Sun Pictures" is her second for Greenleaf after last year's "Initial Here." Linda has been busy since that release playing in Dave's Quintet, the Sound Prints Quintet with Dave and Joe Lovano, and a boatload of other projects. And it's from those travels and experiences that "Sun Pictures" came into focus — Linda calls the album "a set of musical postcards."

Donny McCaslin on NPR’s Piano Jazz

Listen to Donny McCaslin play Ellington, Strayhorn, and more on NPR's Piano Jazz via NPRmusic.

Dave Douglas on WNYU’s The Phoenix today

I had a blast talking with Brandon Peckman at WNYU today. Stream our conversation by clicking the image above. Lots of music from different albums and periods of my work. Enjoy!

Two videos: Dave Douglas Quintet with Aoife O’Donovan in Milan

Dave Douglas Quintet performing at Aperitivo in Concerto in Milano Italy, March 3, 2013

Dave Douglas, trumpet
Walter Smith III, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell, piano
Linda Oh, bass
Rudy Royston, drums